It is my stop today on the blog tour for There’s Only One Danny Garvey by David F. Ross. Many thanks to David, and Orenda Books, for providing me with a copy of the book, and to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part in the tour.
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 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.
I can almost hear my friends and family falling off their chairs at the thought of me reviewing a book centred around the world of football, given that my interest in the sport is less than zero. I honestly couldn’t tell you what it was about this book that made me even consider reading it, but I am so glad that I did.
As you might expect from a book called There’s Only One Danny Garvey, the eponymous Danny takes the lead in telling this tale, ably assisted by some wonderful characters popping up throughout to share their take on a situation with us all. These asides were a real highlight of the book for me, written in a style that felt like the characters were speaking directly to you, sharing confidences and secrets. It was a really unusual take on the points of view changes that you so often find in books, and I loved it. I fell completely in love with each of the characters who took the time to share their thoughts. I know it sounds strange speaking about secondary characters as if they are real, but the writing style for these segments of the book really made me feel like I was talking to old friends.
There’s Only One Danny Garvey is a book about football, there’s no getting away from that, but it is also so much more. It is a book filled with so much emotion, and pain, and suffering, as Danny and his friends, family and neighbours come to terms with the events of the past that continue to haunt Barshaw. I was really taken by surprise by just how invested I became in the story. I even found myself rooting for the ragtag bunch of misfits who played for Barshaw!
If, like me, you might not tend to read sports based books, don’t let the football factor in this one put you off. If you do, you will be missing out on a truly special book.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
David F. Ross was born in Glasgow in 1964 and has lived in Kilmarnock for over 30 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 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. David lives in Ayrshire.
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