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Welcome To The Heady Heights

Welcome To The Heady Heights


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Description: A little man with big ideas attempts to find TV fame with an unruly group of young singers, in a gritty, dark, hilarious and all-too-believable drama about the elusivity of stardom, in an age when 'making it' was 'having it all'... ' A real new talent on the Scottish literary scene' Press & Journal ' Ross brings his ever-so-dark humour and caustic eye to 1970s Glasgow, and it proves to be the perfect pairing' Alistair Braidwood ' David Ross carved out an enduring place for himself among contemporary Scottish novelists' Alastair Mabb, Herald Scotland ' This is hardboiled tartan noir with a musical edge, streetwise intelligence and exactly the sense of humour you'd hope to find as showbiz meets Duke Street and high society enforcers battle gentlemen of the Sarry Heid and graduates of the Bar L' A L Kennedy ------------------------ Welcome to the Heady Heights ... 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. ------------------------ Praise for David F. Ross ' Capturing the horror and futility of life on the fringes of its criminal underworld, it is a gloriously dark read' Liam Rudden, Scotsman ' More than just a nostalgic recreation of the author's youth, it's a compassionate, affecting story of a family in crisis at a time of upheaval and transformation, when disco wasn't the only thing whose days were numbered' Herald Scotland ' One of the most thoroughly and unapologetically enjoyable novels you'll read this year - riotous, courageous, and laugh-out-loud funny. It's also gritty, gallus and Glaswegian to its core - with Welcome To The Heady Heights David F. Ross has given us a novel to revel in' Scots Whay Hae ' Welcome to the Heady Heights' is powerful and punchy, with well placed, darker than dark humour highlighting a visual feast of a read' Love Reading ' Full of comedy, pathos and great tunes' Hardeep Singh Kohli ' Warm, funny and evocative' Chris Brookmyre ' Dark, hilarious, funny and heart-breaking' Muriel Gray ' Just brilliant' Bobby Bluebell ' This is a book that might just make you cry like nobody's watching' Iain Mac Leod, Sunday Mail
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Mister Wolf

Mister Wolf


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Description: The new novel from the author of the highly acclaimed The Butchers of Berlin, soon to be a TV series Berlin, July 1944, a world of illicit jazz clubs, sexually generous young women, suspect art dealers, last-ditch zealots and a city defined by crumbling infrastructure, advanced terror, dirty secrets and deep politics - and then there is August Schlegel, caught askance in a web of totalitarian mayhem. Everybody knows what happened on 20 July: Fuhrer Adolf Hitler miraculously survived an assassination attempt when a bomb failed to kill him. Schlegel, a reluctant employee of the Gestapo, finds himself in the foolhardy position of questioning the official version, knowing it is the last thing he should be thinking. Was it a propaganda stunt, or a deception or was something more extreme going on, perhaps a cover-up connected to the mysterious burning down of a Berlin clinic? A deadly political dance takes Schlegel all the way up to Party Secretary Martin Bormann, the Chancellory's sinister 'black pope'. Information is controlled, informers are everywhere, secrecy remains the cornerstone of the regime, yet someone appears interested in digging up a carefully buried scandal in the Fuhrer's past private life, an incestuous affair with his young niece that ended mysteriously in 1931. Rumours circulate of a ' Hitler confession'. Trapped in a kingdom of lies, Schlegel discovers the blighted present and a censored past are connected in ways he could never have imagined. The niece's tragic end is intimately bound up with the fate of his long-lost father, whom Schlegel had always believed absconded to Argentina and died there, until he finds a private 1925 edition of Mein Kampf, dedicated to ' Anton Schlegel', signed, ' In eternal gratitude, Adolf Hitler.' The identity of Schlegel's father - and whether he is still alive and operating as a secret puppet master - becomes inseparable from the enigma of a shapeshifting Fuhrer, going back to the early days when he was known to Anton Schlegel as Herr Wolf. Questioning the official version of events, Chris Petit offers a dazzling reinterpretation of history, showing how the deeper secret truths invariably turn out to be personal. Praise for Chris Petit: ' No denying the book's power' Nick Rennison, Sunday Times ' The real skill of this rigorous, disturbing novel lies in the way Petit steadily and unsensationally allows his protagonists to discover the full horror of the hellhole they are in' Guardian ' One of Britain's most visionary writers' David Peace ' Powerful evocation of a city living in terror' Sunday Times Crime Club ' Ambitious, darkly atmospheric' The Times ' Hugely impressive and highly readable; in the tradition of Thomas Harris's The Silence of the Lambs' Financial Times ' Ferocious invention marks this novel out as special' The Edge ' Ambitious and intelligent' Times ' Puts Petit in the first rank' Metro ' A zigzagging narrative as byzantine an blackly pessemistic as late James Ellroy' Independent on Sunday ' An example of the genre near its best. Gorky Park with something to spare; well worth anyone's weekend' Guardian for The Psalm Killer
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House Of Spines

House Of Spines


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Description: When a young man inherits a vast mansion from an estranged great-uncle, his apparent good fortune sours when unsettling things begin to happen ... A terrifying psychological thriller cum gothic ghost story from the bestselling author of A Suitable Lie. ' A beautifully written tale, original, engrossing and scary. It's a wonderful mixture, a psychological thriller with a touch of a ghost story (sort of), a dollop of the supernatural (but not really) and murder (perhaps), told through the vision of a druggie poet who hasn't taken his medicine and is therefore an unreliable witness (or is he?) ... a dark joy' The Times ' A deeply satisfying read' Sunday Times ' A fine, page-turning thriller' Daily Mail _________________ What you see isn't always real... Ran Mc Ghie's world has been turned upside down. A young, lonely and frustrated writer, and suffering from mental-health problems, he discovers that his long-dead mother was related to one of Glasgow's oldest merchant families. Not only that, Ran has inherited Newton Hall, a vast mansion that belonged to his great-uncle, who had been watching from afar as his estranged great-nephew grew up. Entering his new-found home, it seems Great-uncle Alexander has turned it into a temple to the written word - the perfect place for poet Ran. But everything is not as it seems. As he explores the Hall's endless corridors, Ran's grasp on reality appears to be loosening. And then he comes across an ancient lift; and in that lift a mirror. And in the mirror ... the reflection of a woman. A terrifying psychological thriller with more than a hint of the gothic, House of Spines is a love letter to the power of books, and a reminder that lust and betrayal can be deadly... _________________ Praise for Michael J. Malone: ' House of Spines is a gothic ghost story and psychological thriller all rolled into one. Brilliantly creepy, with a dash of Glasgow humour, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. A spine-tingling treat' Lisa Gray, Daily Record ' From the stunning opening chapter, I was hooked. House of Spines is an intriguing tale with a haunting, gothic quality that compels you to keep reading till the end' Howard Linskey ' At first it seems like a poet's paradise, but something sinister lurks within the corridors ... a MUST READ' Daily Express ' The story twists and feints, pulling us along with it at every turn, the edginess of its central character making every development even more unsettling ... a chilling read, best savoured late on a dark night' Herald Scotland ' You might not want to be alone when you read this spine-chilling gothic thriller ... As he explores its endless corridors his grip on reality seems to be evaporating in this terrifying exploration of lust and betrayal' Sunday Post ' Prepare to have your marrow well and truly chilled by this deeply creepy Scottish horror ... A complex and multi-layered story - perfect for a wintry night' Sunday Mirror ' Beautifully crafted and colourfully descriptive ... keeps the reader gripped by an uneasy presence, a chill, literally, down the spine' Undiscovered Scotland ' Malone is a massive talent ... get on board now so you can brag you were reading his books long before the rest of the world' Luca Veste ' Vivid, visceral and compulsive' Ian Rankin ' A terrific read ... I read it in one sitting' Martina Cole ' A deeply personal thriller that will keep the reader turning those pages, with twists and turns designed to keep the heart pumping' Russel D. Mc Lean
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The Closer I Get

The Closer I Get


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Description: A compulsive, disturbingly relevant, twisty and powerful psychological, social-media thriller ... NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER LONGLISTED for the Guardian's Not the Booker Prize ' Another dark banger from the Orenda Books stable ... A brilliant, twisty cat-and-mouse book about fandom and obsession' Erin Kelly ' Brilliantly twisty. I loved it' Lisa Jewell Tom is a successful author, but he's struggling to finish his novel. His main distraction is an online admirer, Evie, who simply won't leave him alone. Evie is smart, well read and unstable; she lives with her father and her social-media friendships are not only her escape, but everything she has. When she's hit with a restraining order, her world is turned upside down, and Tom is free to live his life again, to concentrate on writing. But things aren't really adding up. For Tom is distracted but also addicted to his online relationships, and when they take a darker, more menacing turn, he feels powerless to change things. Because maybe he needs Evie more than he's letting on. A compulsive, disturbingly relevant, twisty and powerful psychological thriller, The Closer I Get is also a searing commentary on the fragility and insincerity of online relationships, and the danger that can lurk just one 'like' away... ' A gripping ride through the heartlands of need and hurt. Even at his most thrilling, Paul Burston never loses his sense of real pain and suffering' Philip Hensher ' As perfect a thriller as you'll read all year' Caz Frear ' This book will make you rethink your social media obsession. Dangerous from page one, lit by bursts of black humour, ultimately honest about the frailty of ego and the masks we all wear. Terrifically readable' Sarah Hilary ' A sucker-punch of a twist that took my breath away! Absurdly gripping, and enough to unnerve anyone who has ever spent any time online' Angela Clarke So good. Such brilliant characters. Great premise and a thrilling read' Nina Pottell, Prima ' Chillingly recognisable. A delicious tour de force' Alex Marwood ' Compelling, creepy and completely believable' Mel Mc Grath ' Dark, devious and with a growing sense of dread' Neil Broadfoot ' Brilliantly written, tense and compelling' Amanda Jennings ' Dark twisty fiction at its very best' SJI Holliday ' One of the best books you'll read this year' Ed James ' Effortlessly readable, intensely chilling. That ending floored me' Chris Whitaker ' Unsettling. Taut. Menacing. Burston puts the killer into killer twist' Jonathan Harvey ' Witty and insightful' Susie Boyt ' Brilliant, chilling, totally awesome writing' Miranda Dickinson ' An absolute stunner ... with a deliciously twisted ending' Lisa Hall ' The tension is almost unbearable. The twist is gut-wrenching. The book is a masterpiece in sustained suspense and smart literate contemporary horror. Bravo Mr Burston' Derek Farrell ' Very easy to read, certainly keeps you hooked in with plenty of twists. I suspect it will be a big read this summer' Fiona Sharp ' It's about a gay novelist who becomes the target of an online stalker and is dark, thought-provoking, and totally riveting. As comebacks go, it's on a par with Madonna bursting out of a giant disco ball in a pink leotard!' Matt Cain ' Gripped and Terrified by Paul Burston's new novel, bloody hell!!!' Rowan Coleman ' A fiercely provocative novel, and as well as being a boldly entertaining read, it really, really made me think' Love Reading ' A thought-provoking social-media thriller about fear, fanaticism and the psychological legacy of harassment ... The best work of fiction yet from the novelist, journalist and literary salon host' Attitude Magazine
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