- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #749,487 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 ›
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.
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.
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 12 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 on July 19, 2014 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 on April 11, 2014 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 on April 4, 2014 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 on March 30, 2014 by Lesley L
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
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