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The Man Who Loved Islands

Published Date: 14th November 2016

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he early 80s, Bobby Cassidy and Joey Miller were inseparable; childhood friends and fledgling business associates. Now, both are depressed and lonely, and they haven’t spoken to each other in more than ten years. A bizarre opportunity to honour the memory of someone close to both of them presents itself, if only they can forgive … and forget. With the help of the deluded Max Mojo and the faithful Hamish May, can they pull off the impossible, and reunite the legendary Ayrshire band, The Miraculous Vespas, for a one-off Music Festival – The Big Bang – on a remote, uninhabited Scottish island? Absurdly funny, deeply moving and utterly human, The Man Who Loves Islands is an unforgettable finale to the Disco Days trilogy – a modern classic pumped full of music and middle-aged madness, written from the heart and pen of one of Scotland’s finest new voices.

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‘The final novel in Ross’s “Disco Days” trilogy, this work is a warm, funny consideration of reconciliation between middle-aged friends and a celebration of music’s healing powers. Suggest to fans of Nick Hornby.’ Library Journal 

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David wrote an article on his inspirations for writing at Bookanista

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David was interviewed on BBC Radio 4

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Author

David F. Ross was born in Glasgow in 1964 and has lived in Kilmarnock for over 30 years. He is a graduate of the Mackintosh School of Architecture at Glasgow School of Art, an architect by day, and a hilarious social media commentator, author and enabler by night. His most prized possession is a signed Joe Strummer LP. Since the publication of his debut novel The Last Days of Disco, he’s become something of a media celebrity in Scotland, with a signed copy of his book going for £500 at auction, and the German edition has not left the bestseller list since it was published.

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‘As a fan of authors such as Irvine Welsh who write in Scots dialect, he loved it! After being completely engrossed from the first page, he flew through the book and is now looking forward to reading the first two books of the series. And I’m not surprised! Ross’s work has been endorsed by everyone from Chris Brookmyre to Hardeep Singh Kohli. He has a brave and distinctive voice which is sure to appeal to men and woman across the country.’ Culture for Kicks

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‘The result is a mounting sense of tension as the book moves towards its conclusion. Does real life ever deliver happy endings: and is David F. Ross going to give us one here? You’ll have to read the book for yourself to find out the answer to the second part of that question. “The Man Who Loved Islands” is the third book in a trilogy. If, like us, you’ve not read the first two parts of the trilogy, don’t worry: it stands on its own merits and can be highly recommended on that basis.’

 Undiscovered Scotland

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‘The dark humour in these books paints a truthful and perceptive portrait of Scottish men of a certain age and the blend of humour and poignancy hits just the right balance in this final book of the trilogy. Although I’m not sure we can really call it a trilogy as I’m sure we’ve not heard the last of these chancers as they’re surely way too good to put out to grass yet.’ On the Shelf Books

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The Man Who Loved Islands is the best kind of reunion. Finding out where all those characters had gotten to and finding out that the chemisty and you loved about them in the first place is still there… brilliant. There are some deeply moving and genuinely heartbreaking moments but the power of friendship and a love for music runs strong throughout and for all of life’s sucker punches and poingnancy, I’d say The Man Who Loves Islands is ultimlately an uplifting story of hope. And a bloody funny one at that, too.’ Mumbling About

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‘It’s a cracking tale and I’ve throughly enjoyed being along for the ride with the Vespas and I think it’s great that the author has come back to visit these characters when their lives have changed, they have gone their separate ways. It’s been a clever journey and this worldwide tour, the concert on a remote Scottish island is a great climax to a musical and literary treat Welcome back to the Vespas! This third part of the trilogy is like revisiting old friends and laughing and crying with them after catching up in the only way the Vespas can – with music and a huge dose of Scottish wit.’ The Book Trail 

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The Man Who Loved Islands is brutally honest, the language is stark, and often blue, but this adds to the absolute realism and authentic feel. This is Glasgow after all, it’s the music business, it’s middle-aged guys with regrets. Lets not try to gloss over this life. This is humanity at its toughest. This is excellent.’

 Random Things through My Letter Box

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‘I love a book that can make me laugh out loud in one chapter and make me an emotional wreck in the next and every single book in this trilogy has had this effect on me. I have enjoyed every single page of these novels, from the nostalgia filled first book to the reality check third novel and I’m sorry that it is all over. I’m very much looking forward to reading future David F Ross novels, but I will be undoubtedly be revisiting this trilogy in the future as these novels have become firm favourites.’ Segnalibro

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‘So when The Rise and Fall of the Miraculous Vespas came out, I rushed to read it. More or less the same early 80s era, a clear overlap of the characters, but a brand new story and one I was fully invested in from start to finish. You always know it’s a good book when you’re disappointed it’s over, and that one built up to a crescendo.’ Kujawak

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‘I was never into the club scene, the musical references are, as ever, perfect. Fascinating to see them grow up from the young, vibrant guys in the first books into middle age – still gloriously foul-mouthed (this book is probably not for the prudish!), and with a fine line in bickering … Heartbreaking, poignant, and ferociously funny, it’s a perfect ending to a fabulous trilogy.’ Espresso Coco

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David talks about his teenage jobs as part of the blog tour. Book and Brew

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‘TMWLI is essentially a love letter to Gary, and as such, the novel culminates in an event dedicated to his memory.  But don’t get out your hankies yet, folks: Max Mojo is here to do some truly embarrassing television interviews, and ol’ dark horse Hammy has a Spanish mistress with some pretty inventive sex games up her sleeve…’ This Little Bag of Dreams

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A book giveaway and an extract from the book are posted as part of the blog tour. Portobello Book Blog

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The Man Who Loved Islands is David F. Ross’s best novel to date, but it also offers the promise of even greater things for the future. This is a writer who is improving with each book. Here, the sentences are tighter, the jump from character to character and between time periods is clear, the humanity at the heart is never lost in the plot, and he even makes what should be an unbelievable event seem perfectly plausible. But his greatest achievement is to have characters grow old in a manner which is not just believable, but recognisable, empathetic and moving. They are clearly still those boys and girls we met in the early ’80s, but, as with all of us, growing up and growing old hasn’t been as easy as they once thought it would be.’ Scots Whay Hae

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David picks 10 songs he would never get tired of as part of the blog tour. Liz Loves Books

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‘As the novel progresses and the time lines converge we become witness to their attempts to confront, avoid, reconcile and obliterate various aspects of their pasts. This makes for an interesting if not always uplifting read. The Man Who Loved Islands is cleverly constructed, well-paced novel that zips around the world and spans 40 years. My head is still spinning from both the tangential route and genre splicing soundtrack.Love Books Group

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By the Letter shares an extract of the book as part of the blog tour. By The Letter Book Reviews

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‘There is also a strand of hope and redemption, with some scores settled, new relationships, and some bad business from the past sorted at last. All in all a satisfying (yet spectacular – you’d expect that) conclusion to the trilogy, and all immensely readable (Ross has some great turns of phrase – ‘It was a goodbye kiss from a Goodbye Girl’; ‘they also indulged like it was the last days of Caligula’; ‘It is beginning to sound like the worts blues song ever’). It was, in the end, sad to part again from the Heatwave boys – but great to see them at their best again. A book I’d strongly recommend, great summer reading or just great reading, if you don’t want to wait.’ Blue Book Balloon

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The Man Who Loved Islands is highly engaging and both a fun and moving read. Chapters are rich with emotion and humour, the two of them often interlinking and this is one thing I liked in particular about this book … There’s quite a contrast in the two halves of this book and whilst the first half is more about Bobby and Joey looking back on their lives, the second half is more fun-filled and action-packed.’ Book Drunk

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‘Hillarious, sad in parts and a great spin on friendship with two guys struggling with their personal demons pulling together for something epic. This is my first time reading this author, I enjoyed the book so much I am going to buy the first two of the series. Thanks so much to Orenda books for highlighting a new author to me. If you like Irvine Welsh you need to read David F Ross, not as much grit but certainly of the same caliber. 4/5 for me this time, absolutely I will be reading this author again.’ Always Reading

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‘This book evoked such intense emotions – I had a lump in my throat, tears in my eyes and a giggle in my belly – it had me #snorghling . It’s a tale of friendships lost and built, remorse and regrets; it’s a lament for lost youth, for dreams that flourished before they were rudely flushed down the pan; an indulgent hedonistic binge but at the same time a poignant reminder of a time, all of us #50somethings will remember, when we believed we had the whole world at our feet! The only thing that could have improved my experience of reading this is to have read the first two in the series!’ Chapter in my Life 

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‘I’m not going to tell you much about The Man Who Loved Islands, because if you’ve read the first two books of the trilogy, then you must surely be anticipating this third one.  All I’m going to say is it’s as good as you hoped, if not better.  For those of you, who have not read one of David’s books. Please go and buy them, I’d even say don’t wait for a 3 for 2 deal. They’re that good! I’ll end this book review, well it was meant to be a book review, but it feel’s like an ode to David by simply saying, I cannot wait for what David Ross decides to do next.  I’m sure I’m not the only one thinking that.’ Christopher Clark Sports

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‘David Ross definitely has a way of putting the human into his characters, they live and breathe, and you feel every emotion with them … The humour in amongst the sadness; the wit and charm; the music – everywhere the music; but above all the love, tenderness and friendship. A perfect human trilogy. I can’t wait to see what David F. Ross does next.’ Reading Writes

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‘Other reviewers on the blog tour are covering the plot in more detail so I’m not going to dwell on it, save to say that I love the way David weaves the strands together and keeps you turning the pages. His ear for dialogue remains as acute as ever and these books are just made for a film treatment. Actually I’d hold out for a TV series as the wealth of detail deserves more space than a film would give it. This isn’t another Tutti Frutti, there’s so much more to this story than that.’ Gordon Hunt

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‘Into the latter stages of the story the pace dramatically lifts, the fun is back and the hijinks return. It is funny, fresh and damned entertaining. Plus there is the music – always the music and the forgotten songs, the trivia and the sheer depth of knowledge which infuse David Ross brings to his books make reading them so very enjoyable. Fabulous, funny and frequently foul mouthed.’ Grab This Book

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