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The Busker Three Cities, Two Years, One Chance From The Author Of The Critically Acclaimed Debut So It Is Shortlisted For Best First Book At The Scottish Book Awards 2013 Comes The Hard Hitting Story Of A Young Man Determined To Find His Voice Plucked From Obscurity In Glasgow, Rab Dillon Is About To Become The Next Great Protest Singer Seduced By Promises Of Stardom, Carrying Only The Guitar Given To Him By The Girl Who Broke His Heart, He Travels Down To London There He Records The Debut Album That Will Speak To The Dispossessed, The Disenfranchised And Disheartened One Year Later, He Is Sleeping Rough On The Streets Of Brighton A Modern Day Ballad Set Across Three Cities And Two Years, The Busker Is A Richly Comic Expos R Of The Music Industry, The Occupy Movement, Homelessness, Squatting And Failing To Live Up To The Name You Almost Share With Your Hero It Is Also The Story Of What Survives When The Flimsy Dreams Of Fame Fall Apart.


10 thoughts on “The Busker

  1. says:

    Meet Rab Dillon He s the hero of Liam Murray Bell s moving second novel, The Busker, which tells of a young Scottish singer who leaves his native Glasgow for London after winning a recording contract with a record company of dubious standing When Rab s first album bombs, his naivety leads him into dire straits, homelessness and, eventually, a whole heap of soul searching.There is much to admire in this novel a flowing, lyrical writing style some genuinely laugh out loud moments deftly drawn Meet Rab Dillon He s the hero of Liam Murray Bell s moving second novel, The Busker, which tells of a young Scottish singer who leaves his native Glasgow for London after winning a recording contract with a record company of dubious standing When Rab s first album bombs, his naivety leads him into dire straits, homelessness and, eventually, a whole heap of soul searching.There is much to admire in this novel a flowing, lyrical writing style some genuinely laugh out loud moments deftly drawn characters major and minor and a clever three tiered setting and plot Since the opening ...


  2. says:

    Let s get one thing out of the way Rab, the narrator, is not a very good person He s young, talented, and all too aware of his skills Bell wisely divides the novel between Rab s home of Glasgow, his time as a promising new singer songwriter based in London, and his burnt out busking and homelessness in Brighton As the narrative skips around, we learnabout...


  3. says:

    Having been in around the fringes of the music business for the last 7 years, there was a lot in this book I recognised and for the most part it s very accurate There s Rab Dillons playing every night all over the country, and Bell puts together a pretty fair representation of many of them and ties together a story that s both crushingly realistic while retaining an optimism The three cities all have their own unique feel to them, all with very different albeit intertwined stories told Having been in around the fringes of the music business for the last 7 years, there was a lot in this book I recognised and for the most part it s very accurate There s Rab Dillons playing every night all over the country, and Bell puts together a pretty fair representation of many of them and ties together a story that s both crushingly realistic while retaining an optimism The three cities all have their own unique feel to them, all with very different albeit intertwined stories told within their boundaries.What I particularly liked was that Bell was very honest about what an arsehole his protagonist could be, without making him out to be some sort of anti hero about it While he s not inherently evil or overtly bad, I would stop short of saying Rab s particularly likeable It s a bold move, one that may not please everyone, but I think makes the storycompelling It s Once with a bitgrit, an occasionally bitter drama rather than a romance.On tha...


  4. says:

    Wow is my initial reaction to this book I picked it off the shelf in waterstones because the cover attracted me and the blurb sounded like it would be suited to me It turned out that it readlike this book was written for me I loved the use of the three cities, North to South, and the fact that the story moves chronologically but cyclically in that each bit is leading to the next location It s strange how I was on the ed...


  5. says:

    Oh look, there s a lot to like about this book I particularly like the flashback structure being organised geographically The three subplots are each allowed to end organically and still come together in a cohesive whole Thematically the book is similar to Tim Connor Hits Trouble in that it is concerned with the increasing commerciality of life TCHT is set in the Higher Education sector and deals with that indetail, whereas this book deals with a wider range but with its ...


  6. says:

    They say that you shouldn t judge a book by its cover, but in this case I learned not to judge a book by its first page I received this book in a Good Reads giveaway and was really looking forward to starting it as the blurb really appealed to me However, by the end of the first page I d decided that this wasn t a book for me Drink, drugs and bad language are a somewhat alien world to me However, I am so glad that I persevered Very quickly I found myself caught up in Rab s story Yes, he ma They say that you shouldn t judge a book by its cover, but in this case I learned not to judge a book by its first ...


  7. says:

    GOODREADS GIVEAWAY WIN.In a brave choice of bildungsroman protagonist, we follow a callow and self centred youth as he incrementally, partially, believably begins to redeem himself.


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