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Scratch by [Gillan, Danny]
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Length: 293 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 775 KB
  • Print Length: 293 pages
  • Publisher: Jakobian Books; 1 edition (March 10, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 10, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RQ8WEO
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By D. Robinson on April 20, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Scratch has a simple premise. Guy takes a retro career step, meets the love of his life again and if everything goes according to plan he'll live happily ever after. If you want to know whether it goes to plan, you'll have to read the book.

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?
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I've read a lot of this genre and can confidently state this one is far, far better than anything else in its field.

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.
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This is a wonderful story with actual real to life characters. Jim takes a leap of faith and starts his life over from scratch. You identify with him, and cheer him on. You laugh at him and with him; you become invested in his future. You actually fall in love with Jim yourself. His story is heart warming and heart wrenching. This story is well worth every minute you spend reading it. I highly recommend this book, it is worth every penny, no matter the cost!
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Hating his job and in debt up to his neck, Jim decides to start from scratch. He quits his job, sells his flat and moves back in with his parents. So begins Jim's quest to have another go at 'getting it right.'

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.

Highly recommended.
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The pub in question is 'The Basement', situated in Glasgow and is populated by some wonderful, funny, lovable characters. I felt at home there, I wanted Jim to pull me a pint and I wanted to have a girly chat with Paula Fraser. This is the magic of Danny Gillan's writing; he pulls you into a fictional world you don't want to leave. You laugh and cry with the hero, you cheer him on and truly feel for him when the chips are down. And sometimes you want to kick his butt.

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.
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