Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Scratch by Danny Gillan

About the Book

This is the story of Jim Cooper, a 33-year old call centre worker, who finds himself facing an early mid-life crisis. When his ex-girlfriend, Paula Fraser, moves back to Glasgow his life is turned upside down. 

What I think 

The tone in which this book is written is like your best friend sitting you down with a frothy coffee, or beer if you prefer, and telling you about his life. It's very light, warm, friendly and easy to read. 

I wouldn't be surprised if Gillan has put a fair amount of himself into this book, and it works. There is a vast array of characters who are both lovable and believable. As Jim makes his various decisions, by his side are his best mate Terry, who may or may not be gay, Paula Fraser's father, who some days is Joe and some days is Simon, a collection of characters in the pub and his parents. All play their part in supporting Jim through his re-acquaintance with the lovely Paula Fraser. 

On top of the warm tone and the great characters, this book was extremely funny! Gillan has created a great character with Jim along with the dialogue and situations and the cast of characters are great. I had many laugh out loud moments on the train on the way to work. What a great way to start or end your day! 

About the Author

Danny Gillan grew up in Glasgow and his initial ambition was to be a musician. He's also worked in various pubs and hotels, both behind the bar and doing managerial work, and has worked in social care supporting adults with learning disabilities and/or mental health problems. He has written two novels, Will You Love Me Tomorrow (2007) and Scratch (2011). He has a blog: Attempted Author and runs an online magazine, Words with JAM

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