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The Ossians

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  9 reviews
The Ossians are on the verge of signing a major record deal before setting off on a two-week tour of the cities & hitherland of Scotland, a tour expected to culminate in a defining Glasgow gig. On their travels there is a seagull massacre, hapless drug deals, a mysterious stalker, deadly snowstorms & random shootings.
Paperback, 291 pages
Published 2008 by Viking Books
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Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I have read quite a few books by this author now and I have to admit I have become a huge fan of his work. The Ossians is one of the authors earlier books and actually felt quite different to his others.

As far as I’m aware all of this authors novels come under the crime/thriller genre and whilst there are drugs, guns and a bit of crime going on throughout this particular one, this felt more like a tale of one man’s road to self destruction and hitting rock bottom.

The story is told from the point
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you’re thinking of taking a tour of Scotland you can either flick through a travel brochure and gawp at all the picturesque places there are (and there are) or you could treat yourself to a copy of Doug Johnstone’s The Ossians. The difference? The travel brochure will present you with the skin of Scotland (photoshopped to within an inch of its life) but beauty, as the old adage goes, is only skin deep. If you want to get to the heart of Scotland read The Ossians. There you'll also find the ki ...more
Andy Stewart
Apr 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Doug Johnstone's second novel is indeed write what you know; the national tour of fictional Scottish indie band; The Ossians.
Doug has taken his experiences of his own band; Fence Collective regulars Northern Alliance, and embellished them with carousing Russian sailors, stalker-esque fans, drug dealers and the standard full-of-shit lead singer.
My personal favourite piece in the book is his loving description of Cafe Drummond and the, happiness personified, bar supervisor Rachel. Unnamed obvious
Bob Marsh
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Not my usual reading material but I liked the idea and it turned out to be a really good story. I enjoyed the travelling round Scotland and the descriptions of all the towns and places. The story itself was a drug fuelled odyssey by an indie pop group with loads of booze and bad language but it hng together with Connor the main character ranting and raving his way around Scotland. A good read.
Oct 11, 2012 rated it liked it
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Brutally honest view of Scotland, awful weather, grim towns full of drunken, boorish morons. Sadly the over sentimental ending let's this book down, the anti hero deserves a far nastier ending. The standard of writing is variable but settles down in the middle of the book - not as good as Hit & Run but far less dire than Smokeheads.
Amy Venema
It was an alright book. The saying, never trust a book by its cover is completely true for this book. It was not what I expected at all.
Sep 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
overall an enjoyable read, funny and entertaining. I was dissapointed at the neat ending after what was a very messed up story...........real life would not have ended so 'nicely'!
Bridget Weller
Feb 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Get this man an editor! The first two chapters of this book suck. Really suck. After that, it is actually quite good, so persevering was worthwhile.
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Doug Johnstone is a writer, musician and journalist based in Edinburgh. His fourth novel, Hit & Run, is published by Faber and Faber on March 15th 2012. His previous novel, Smokeheads, was published in March 2011, also by Faber. before that he published two novels with Penguin, Tombstoning (2006) and The Ossians (2008), which received praise from the likes of Irvine Welsh, Ian Rankin and Chris ...more
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