Everyday through December I’m publishing a blog post with a short review of one of my favourite books of 2019. Then I will publish a post with my favourite top ten at the beginning of January.
Today it’s Welcome To Heady Heights by David Ross.
Welcome to the Heady Heights is at times hilarious, upsetting, exciting, deeply moving and darkly comedic. It is a love letter to a city and it’s people, celebrating he best and illuminating the worst of this iconic northern city. As both a backdrop and a character it’s beauty is celebrated as much as the characters themselves, for beneath the “blackened soot” is a majestic beauty encapsulated in it’s buildings and people. It’s brooding presence sets the scene for a novel so compelling, so complex that I lost myself utterly in it’s poignant telling of Archie Blunts dream of hitting the big time.
About the author
David F. Ross was born in Glasgow in 1964 and has lived in Kilmarnock for over thirty years. He 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 most prized possession is a signed Joe Strummer LP. Since the publication of his debut novel The Last Days of Disco, he’s become something of a media celebrity in Scotland, with a signed copy of his book going for £500 at auction, and the German edition has not left the bestseller list since it was published.