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.
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Welcome To The Heady Heights is a hugely enjoyable, wild and funny journey through the late 70s with some wonderful characters.
The 70s has always been on of my favourite era’s with the music being a constant present in my childhood. I therefore loved the references to the culture back then and the music which I often found myself humming under my breath. There were also some tunes that I hadn’t heard of before and I spent an enjoyable evening looking them all up on YouTube. The author should so do a Spotify playlist to go with this book!
Archie and his friends are fantastic characters that were hilarious to read about. I so enjoyed following them on their exploits and reading some of the banter between them which often had me laughing out loud. My husband is Scottish so found the humour in this book particularly funny! I also liked that Archie was older than most of the other characters I’ve read from this era and it was very interesting to see it from the other side of things.
This novel does have a dark side mainly involving the less glamorous side of show business with all the corruption that can exist there. It was quite an eye opener to see what could perhaps exist in the industry and sad to see how it all plays out for some of the characters
This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I’d definitely be interested in reading more from him in the future. I think this book would particularly appeal to male readers as I think they’d enjoy the humour in it
Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Karen from Orenda books for my copy of this book which I received in exchange for an honest review.
About The Author:
David F. Ross is a graduate of the Mackintosh School of Architecture at Glasgow School of Art, an architect by day, and a hilarious social media commentator, author, and enabler by night. His debut novel, The Last Days of Disco, was shortlisted for the Authors Club Best First Novel Award, and received exceptional critical acclaim, as did the other two books in the Disco Days Trilogy: The Rise & Fall of the Miraculous Vespas and The Man Who Loved Islands.