Today it’s back over to Mandie who is sharing her thoughts on Welcome to the Heady Heights by David F. Ross. If you’d like to read my review you can find it right here. If you want to know more about the book and what Mandie thought, read on:
About the Book
Welcome to the Heady Heights …Available from: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Kobo | Waterstones | Apple Books
It’s the year punk rock was born, Concorde entered commercial service and a tiny Romanian gymnast changed the sport forever.
Archie Blunt is a man with big ideas. He just needs a break for them to be realised. In a bizarre brush with the light-entertainment business, Archie unwittingly saves the life of the UK’s top showbiz star, Hank ‘Heady’ Hendricks’, and now dreams of hitting the big-time as a Popular Music Impresario. Seizing the initiative, he creates a new singing group with five unruly working-class kids from Glasgow’s East End. Together, they make the finals of a televised Saturday-night talent show, and before they know it, fame and fortune beckon for Archie and The High Five. But there’s a complication; a trail of irate Glaswegian bookies, corrupt politicians and a determined Scottish WPC known as The Tank are all on his tail…
A hilarious and poignant nod to the elusivity of stardom, in an age when ‘making it’ was ‘having it all’, Welcome to the Heady Heights is also a dark, laugh-out-loud comedy, a heart-warming tribute to a bygone age and a delicious drama about desperate men, connected by secrets and lies, by accidents of time and, most of all, the city they live in.
I was told even before I started reading Welcome to the Heady Heights that this book was different and it would be interesting to see what I make of it…well they got the first bit right, the book is certainly different from anything I have been reading lately, and for me that is what makes it so good. As for finding out what I made of it … Well hopefully we may all work that out by the end of this review.
David F Ross takes us back in time to Glasgow in the 70’s where we meet Archie Blunt. In his 50’s, he has always dreamed of making it big in the entertainment business but had never got there. After finding himself out of a job on the busses he becomes a driver for a local firm. His boss is questionable as it is but through this job, he meets Heady Hendricks who just happens to be the presenter of a Talent show. Now you may think that this is just fate giving Archie a helping hand, but life was not being that kind and Archie finds himself involved in things that he struggles to get out of, inadvertently dragging some of his friends into the mess that follows.
The book takes you into the darker side of the entertainment business, where the goings on of the rich and famous may make your skin crawl as they use and abuse the power and trust that they have. The colourful language used may make you blush, but none of it is in there for shock value nor is it gratuitous. The use of local dialect throughout helps to transport you north of the border (something I try to actually do as often as possible). There are some really strong characters in this book, including Barbara Sherman, a young WPC who is battling against the prejudices against women in the police force and trying to do her job.
I loved the group of misfits that Archie got together as his “boy band” and their banter often had me smiling. If you are looking for something a little different that gives the highs and lows of life then you should look no further than this book. Trust me you won’t be disappointed.
About the Author
David F. Ross was born in Glasgow in 1964 and has lived in Kilmarnock for over thirty 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.
Books by David F. Ross
The Disco Days Trilogy