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- Publisher: Jakobian Books; 1 edition (March 10, 2011)
- Publication Date: March 10, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B004RQ8WEO
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As I grew older, and every inch lost to my hairline resulted in two being added to my waistline, I came to realise that rock godhood was no longer a viable option, but it has always stuck with me how much I enjoyed the writing process.
At the same time as seeking out failure and misery in the music world I have had a couple of other careers. Upon dropping out of university for a record third time (my mother is so proud), I got my first pub job. For five or six years I spent pretty much all of my waking hours pulling, and drinking, pints in several of Glasgow's finest licensed premises. Pub work can be a great life, as long as you don't mind the terrible wages and complete lack of career prospects, but eventually I found myself inexplicably hankering after something a bit more fulfilling.
Through a casual acquaintance I was introduced to the world of social care, more specifically that of supporting adults with learning disabilities and/or mental health problems. I spent the next eight years working in this field, starting as a voluntary music tutor and rising to the dizzying heights of senior management with a large voluntary organisation operating in the West of Scotland. Eventually, however,
constant battles with social workers about funding, and support staff about the importance of turning up for a shift, started to get to me.
Eight years ago I handed in my notice and went back to pulling pints, at least initially. I'd managed, through blatant nepotism (my sister was the manager), to get a job in a posh Glasgow hotel. For the first year or so I happily reacquainted myself with Glasgow's drinking culture, but it didn't take them long to notice I was relatively good with unimportant things like words and numbers, and I found myself charged with thankless tasks such as accounts, payrolls and answering complaint letters. This was not fun, believe me.
I soon tired of all that and, in 2006, returned to social care. Nepotism played its part once again, when a former manager called me with a job offer. The hours are awful and the money's rubbish, but apart from that I'm quite enjoying it.
Anyway, back to writing. I had a couple of false starts. I wrote some brilliant opening chapters, establishing characters, locations and relationships. The problem was that I could never get past that first chapter. It soon became apparent that plot, of all things, was something of a prerequisite.
This threw me for a while.
And then I had an idea. What would happen if a failed musician (okay yes, me) became depressed (don't ask) and killed himself, then got famous? That could be a plot.
From that initial idea I sketched out a plot revolving around the friends and family of the musician in question, and found I was able to explore a diverse set of themes including social care, music, familial relationships, friendship and mental health issues, hopefully with a decent dose of humour and sensitivity.
Will You Love Me Tomorrow is the end result of many subsequent months of toil and frustration, and was selected as the Scottish Region winner of the Undiscovered Authors 2007 competition. The book was published by Discovered Authors in October 2008.
Since completing the book I have written a number of short stories, something I hadn't attempted before. I've found this an excellent way to practice and polish my writing, as well as an opportunity to experiment with style, tense, point of view etc. One of my short stories is due for publication in a future edition of Chapman magazine and another has recently been accepted by Bridge House Publishing. Another appears in an anthology produced by the Arts Council funded writers' site YouWriteOn.com, and a fourth is due to appear later this year in Short Fuses, and anthology produced and published by the Bookshed, an online writing and publishing community.
I have now completed my second novel, Scratch. It tells the tale of Jim Cooper, a Glaswegian thirty-something office worker who decides to leave his job, sell his flat, pay off his debts and start his adult life again from scratch.
Maybe this time he can do it properly and get (or, rather, keep) the girl.
The fact that the girl is happily married and lives in another country, and her Bruce Lee obsessed father seems to want to be Jim's new best friend are only the beginning of his troubles.
Scratch is an un-sanitised, emotionally honest and hilariously candid story about what it is to grow up as opposed to simply change age, as told by a man who doesn't know what any of those words mean.
Top Customer Reviews
And while you're reading, you'll meet some wonderful characters: is he-or-is-he-not-gay, Terry. The Bruce Lee devotee psychologist, Simon ... or is it Joe? Abe and his foul-mouthed kitchen porter, Jed. Bone idle Kate, a perfect example of the Peter Principle. And you'll meet the gorgeous, intelligent and determined Paula, the object of Jim's love, the woman who left him and has now come back.
Author Danny Gillan takes this marvellous cast and weaves them into the kinds of simple situation we all come across every day. But the result is not ordinary. It's a humorous journey, commenting on life, love, the modern world, and the hopes, desires, aims and ambitions of thoroughly ordinary yet extraordinary people.
A wonderful read, I couldn't help a stab of envy. Why can't I write like this?
With Scratch, Danny Gillan achieves what David Nicholls cannot and what Tony Parsons can only dream about.
This book reminds me of Jim Keeble or John O'Farrell - but it really is much better.
Scratch is honest-funny, not synthetic-funny.
This is funny, sharply observed comedy with a wry contemporary and Glaswegian slant on age-old problems.
It appeals to men and women alike (I tested it) in its disarming tone, disguising an intelligence and philosophical angle with humour, hilarious set pieces and a refusal to fit conventional Hollywood formulae.
Gillan's crucial advantage is that he writes likeable key characters; people we understand, recognise and could be persuaded to join for a pint. Which is handy, as much of the action is set in the pub.
But it's more than one man's painful journey through lager to maturity; it examines how people choose to live their lives, how external facades hide rifts, patterns of behaviour and deeply held assumptions.
His cast of characters; Terry the Not-In-The Closet mate, Kate the Beautiful-But-Crap co-worker, Joe/Simon the astute psychologist with a Bruce Lee obsession, Sammy the Out-of-the-Closet boss, all weave a wonderfully rich background against which our Jim fights his battles.
There's a love story at the heart of this, but it isn't the one you think.
The bits that made me cry and nod came from the most unexpected quarter, and meant all the more for it. Near the end, Jim and Martin's conversation, so perfectly pitched, lifted this book to another level. Gillan's writing - quite literally - makes us grow up.Read more ›
This is the very best of British writing, the same quality as 'The Likely Lads', 'The Full Monty' and 'Men Behaving Badly'. Not that Danny Gillan has borrowed any of this, he has his own very unique style. But this book has that 'real' feel and the people in it become your friends.When I finished the book, I really missed the world I had been in while reading the story. It was a bit like coming out of the cinema after a really good movie, you're still thinking about the story while slowly getting back to the real world.
One of the best books I have read for a very long time.
I so enjoyed this story. It was entertaining and funny, thought-provoking and poignant. In this current economy, I can easily see this story unfolding in the real world.
The characters are so well fleshed, each with his/her own strengths and weaknesses, that I am left feeling as if I could go to the corner pub and have a drink with any one of them as we have a good chat. I love Jim. He really is a wanker (of course, I'm using the Joe/Simon definition!). I am terribly disappointed in Paula, but then I write romance novels for a living and wanted, well, I can't tell you what I wanted without giving away some good bits. I enjoyed watching Terry grow and mature...but only so far (I'm shaking my head and grinning, you'll see why when you meet him). I love Abe and Jeb...their working relationship is something we all wish we had in our work-a-day lives (I'm laughing even as I type this). I even loved Kate, and especially enjoyed learning the unexpected 'motive' behind her laziness.
Buy this book. But don't just read it. Savor it. You won't be sorry.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Danny Gillan is hysterical! This clever novel will keep you laughing all the way through. The characters were brighter than bright and the book was easy to follow. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Andrea L. Robinson
Thought this book was kind of long winded, and you kind of knew pretty early on how it was going to end. Would I read it again? No. Am I glad I only paid .99 for it? Read morePublished 18 months ago by Pamalla
A quirky and entertaining story. It does hit home during certain parts of the book. It does start off a little slow, but eventually gets to the meat and potatoes of the story. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is alright if you can filter through the British talk or whatever it is. Even at that, it's still really slow moving, and it took me forever to get interested. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
Having enjoyed reading Danny Gillan's first book – ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’ - I decided to move onto his second novel, ‘Scratch’. Read morePublished 22 months ago by L Lanir
Protagonist learns the hard way that the good old days maybe weren't so good after all. Smart and fun, with a satisfying resolution.Published on January 25, 2014 by ShyReviewer
Well written and very funny. A great "not so" love story , and wonderful life story. I would recommend this book.Published on October 12, 2013 by debra M. paciello
1. Short review: :-D (Amazon rating: 5 out of 5 stars -- I love it.) Chick lit with testicles.
2. Long review:
2.1. What I liked: The characters. Read more
This book was SO good. I was caught all the way through. The relationship between Jim and Paula is so realistic, I felt like I had met them before, especially Jim. Read morePublished on June 27, 2013 by bridgetn
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