Meet Connor, gobby singer of The Ossians, a band on the grass verge of the big time, embarking on a make or break tour of the Highlands. Connor thinks he's on a stairway to ...not exactly heaven, but, if he's lucky, away from his own personal hell. Unfortunately Connor can't outrun his demons that easily, as angry drug dealers, a stalker, the police, a pathological devotion to booze and pills, and his big stupid mouth all drag him deeper into his own inescapable nightmare. He's in hell, but don't they say the devil's got all the best tunes?
- Paperback | 304 pages
- 128 x 196 x 22mm | 199.58g
- 26 Feb 2009
- Penguin Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
'A major Scottish novel. I like rock bands and nihilistic heroes ... but Doug gave me so much more. His descriptions of 'peripheral Scotland' were telling and accurate ... The book kept me guessing and I was genuinely sorry when there was nothing left to read.' - Ian Rankin 'This is the This is Spinal Tap for Scotland's lost generation. Johnstone has taken a small story of a small band lost in a small country and created an epic.' - Ewan Morrison, author of Swung 'Packed with seedy, sticky bars, sullen punters and morose reflections in deteriorating weather, there is an atmospheric beauty to The Ossians' The Independent on Sunday 'The authentic ring of a man who's been there' Guardian 'Johnstone is good at describing the excitement, boredom, sniping and bonhomie of a touring band at the transit-van end of the career arc' The Times 'A gripping, compelling road trip around modern Scotland in the company of a drug-ravaged, untamed visionary' - Niall Griffiths
About Doug Johnstone
Doug Johnstone is a writer, journalist and musician and lives in Portobello, Edinburgh's seaside, with his wife and son. His debut novel, Tombstoning, was published in 2006. He has a PhD in experimental nuclear physics and worked designing airborne radars before becoming a writer. He plays various instruments and sings in a band called Northern Alliance, which has released four albums to critical acclaim.