There's Only One Danny Garvey (Paperback)
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There's Only One Danny Garvey (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 21/01/2021
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A promising young football player returns home to his tiny Scottish village, his dreams in tatters and a dark secret haunting his conscience, in a beautiful, unforgettable novel about hope and redemption, when everything seems lost...

'Depicts Scottish working-class, small-town life with acute understanding and sensitivity, and explores a legacy of depression and childhood trauma. Few novels this year will pack such a hefty emotional punch or such a powerful conclusion' Herald Scotland

'Few do raw, authentic, almost palpably believable characters better than David F. Ross ... a novel that deals with profound themes' Patrick Barclay, The Times

'A heartfelt working-class novel from a Scottish author who wields his pen like a stiletto ... No reader will come out unscathed, but each will be richer for the experience of reading' New Books Magazine

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Danny Garvey was a sixteen-year old footballing prodigy. Professional clubs clamoured to sign him, and a glittering future beckoned.

And yet, his early promise remained unfulfilled, and Danny is back home in the tiny village of Barshaw to manage the struggling junior team he once played for. What's more, he's hiding a secret about a tragic night, thirteen years earlier, that changed the course of several lives. There's only one Danny Garvey, they once chanted ... and that's the problem.

A story of irrational hopes and fevered dreams - of unstoppable passion and unflinching commitment in the face of defeat - There's Only One Danny Garvey is, above all, an unforgettable tale about finding hope and redemption in the most unexpected of places.

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'A brilliant, bittersweet story that captures the rawness of strained relationships, set against the struggles of a failing lower-league football team. Ross's best novel yet' Stuart Cosgrove

'A deeply compelling story about ambition, failure and interpersonal history ... it's what novels should do' Ewan Morrison, author of Nina X

'If you enjoyed Shuggie Bain, you will adore this book ... filled with honesty and written with a tenderness that is faultless. One of the best books I've read in years' Anne Cater

'Triumph and tragedy are inexorably woven together, with the former only offering brief respite before reality returns ... David F. Ross is in the Premier League of writers' Alistair Braidwood, Scots Whay Hae

'No words will EVER be good enough for this incredible book. Intense. Heartbreaking. Passionate' Mairead Hearne, Swirl & Thread

'I was absolutely blown away by this unforgettable and emotional read' 17 Degrees

'An amazing book, giving me the same feeling I had reading James Kelman when I was younger' Douglas MacIntyre, Creeping Bent

'A thought-provoking book with a slow-burn edginess, sprinkled with hope, loss, grief, unrequited love and moments of dark, often unexpected, laugh-out-loud humour' Sergio Burns, Ayrshire Magazine

'A story with a punch, clouded by memory and regret ... beautiful' The Bookbag

'Tips the balance between comedy and tragedy in a truly devastating way. I closed the cover rooted to the spot, stunned into immobility by the desperate, heart-rending power of the ending' Live Many Lives

'A real new talent on the Scottish literary scene' Press & Journal

Publisher: Orenda Books
ISBN: 9781913193508
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 198 x 130 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'A brilliant, bittersweet story that captures the rawness of strained relationships, set against the struggles of a failing lower-league football team. Ross's best novel yet' Stuart Cosgrove; 'A real new talent on the Scottish literary scene' Press & Journal;'By turn hilarious and heart-breaking, more than anything Ross creates beautifully rounded characters full of humanity and perhaps most of all, hope' Liam Rudden, Scotsman;'David Ross carved out an enduring place for himself among contemporary Scottish novelists' Alastair Mabb, Herald Scotland;'A warm, funny consideration of reconciliation between middle-aged friends and a celebration of music's healing powers. Suggest to fans of Nick Hornby' Library Journal;'Warm, funny and evocative. If you grew up in the eighties, you're going to love this' Chris Brookmyre;'Dark, hilarious, funny and heart-breaking all at the same time, a book that sums up the spirit of an era and a country in a way that will make you wince and laugh at the same time' Muriel Gray;'An astonishing tour de force' John Niven;'This is a book that might just make you cry like nobody's watching' Iain MacLeod, Sunday Mail;'Crucially Ross's novel succeeds in balancing light and dark, in that it can leap smoothly from brutal social realism to laugh-out-loud humour within a few sentences' Press & Journal;'Full of comedy, pathos and great tunes' Hardeep Singh Kohli

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Blue Book Balloon

“Beautifully observed and heartbreaking”

I'm grateful to Orenda Books for a proof copy of There's Only One Danny Garvey to consider for review.

I really shouldn't have enjoyed this book!

I'm not a great follower of football, which is a... More

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“Raw and emotional; it packs a huge punch and it is authentic, poignant and devastating.”

It’s hard to know where to begin with #OneDannyGarvey. There are many levels to this book; and it offers a great deal to those who venture beyond its grass roots football theme. I’m not a football fan, but the love... More

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Sarah Faichney

“Scottish fiction at its best!”

"There's Only One Danny Garvey'' is, on the surface, a book about football. I'm delighted to report that it's still accessible to people like me, who don't give a fig about the... More

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