Edinburgh 1993: Sidney Dempsey is trying to understand life, love and why his football team have stopped winning matches.
Glasgow 1994: The Celtic Board are under siege, the supporters are calling for change and the football team have stopped winning games,
Read how the stories become intertwined as the battle for the soul of Celtic is in full cry and a team across the other side of the city look unstoppable,
Trouble is, they thought that too...
I've heard the author speak on many occasions, so by the second page I was gliding effortlessly through the broad Edinburgh dialect and Scottish slang with his voice telling the story in my head. I felt many emotions while reading this book; from depressed to exhilarated and must have laughed out loud a dozen times or more. I think that's down to two things; being able to relate to the main character in a lot of ways, but also down to the author's ability capture and enthrall the reader in the story. A tale of tough times, love, music, football and current events, but above all; a tale of overcoming adversity as the book culminates in an air punching moment of realisation that all is never lost, and that those who dangle their flawed superiority over you will get their just deserts some day. Kevin O'Neill
Being late to the party, this is my first Paul Larking book (But I did get "By any Means Necessary" to read next). After listening to him on the Beyond the Waves and Home Bhoys podcasts, I thought this type of book would be interesting and it was more than that. The Last Pearl Diver is a book that will take you inside the mind of "Sid" and not just introduce you to the era of the mid 90's in Scotland. This level of detail made me feel as if I was there and could actually understand what Sid was going through. If this is a trilogy, Cmon Paul don't stop writing!!!
After reading this book. It had taken me back to a time when life was tougher. Paul manages to capture the difficulties of being a young Celtic fan fighting to find love and cope with life. Influences from Irvine Welsh's descriptive style can be seen in the writing. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
As an avid reader of Paul's work, this was never going to disappoint. A journey back in time to the dark days of the 90's for Celtic Football Club, through the eyes of Sidney, brings back quite some memories. Ultimately, this is a story of Good versus Evil - Sidney's battles with Findlay are a fantastic analogy for what was happening with our club while under the cloud of catastrophic mismanagement and the footballing dominance of a club that once existed in the south side of the city but we all know who won that fight, don't we... Paul's style is unmistakably honest, taking no prisoners and abrasive at times, and very funny but it's the conviction with which he writes that always grabs you and this comes across just as much in fiction as it does his other non-fiction work. Regardless of your background or where you are in the world, there are elements of Sidney's story we can all relate to and if the rumours of a trilogy are true, I can't wait for the next instalment. For me, Paul's... More > work is simply essential reading. I will really enjoy diving back into his books in years to come as he captures brilliantly what it means to be a Celtic supporter past, present and future.< Less
First of all, if your not used to how people in other countries speak, your going to struggle. If you are like me, your fine. Really good book. less footy, and more about life. The passages about Celtic were shocking. This is one of those topics, I wish I had been there for. Being an American, I would never have heard about the 90's Celtic troubles, like you lucky people in Scotland did. (Lucky as in get to be around it). The only question is what to read now?
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