Four Old Geezers And A Valkyrie

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Rated 5.00/5 based on 4 reviews
Brian - aka 'Captain' - is a newly-retired, disillusioned teacher facing financial disaster after an acrimonious divorce. But a chance meeting leads him to dig out his ancient guitar and to a series of hilarious jam sessions from which emerge two surprise YouTube hits, sending the band and its lawyer into encounters with a tiny manager, a boy band, a cigar-puffing earl and a famous rock group. More

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Words: 111,500
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465861511
Tags: music humour
About Gordon Lawrie

Gordon Lawrie spent thirty-six years teaching Modern Studies in the Edinburgh area, and has written on several educational topics including citizenship, the teaching of politics, and the relationship between education and society. In an earlier part of his life, he was a mediocre pub-style folk singer, singing a mix of his own songs and covers of others.

Today he lives in Edinburgh city centre. The trams get in the way a bit.

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Review by: Alison Johnston on April 07, 2012 :
I’ve just read this warm and entertaining romp in three sittings and I’m trying to decide which of the endearingly flawed characters I like best. The lovely Bev and her ubiqitous cheese scones or Harry and his ‘fuckwit’ parents? Actually I was cheering them all on - thank goodness it was a happy ending.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Daniel Quentin Steele on Jan. 31, 2012 :
I wasn't intending to buy this book. It just looked interesting and I made the mistake of checking out the free preview. And that was my undoing. I'm not a big music guy - I know what I like and that's it. And the internal workings of English and Scots music making would seem about as alien as you can get. But...the author got me cuaght up in the story of an old fossil who had come the end of his rope as an educator and had lost his marriage and was basically breathing while waiting to die. Happens to a lot of people. But things happen, like they do in real life, and life begins to change for the Captain and his musician friends. Nothing too unrealistic, but funny as heck. And in the background there's the mystery of the Valkyrie and what did happen to his marriage. This is a funny, moving, and good story of a fossil's coming of age. If I can find anything else Lawrie has written, I'd buy it. If he hasn't written anything else, I hope he does. The book is recommended.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Daniel Quentin Steele on Jan. 31, 2012 :
I wasn't intending to buy this book. It just looked interesting and I made the mistake of checking out the free preview. And that was my undoing. I'm not a big music guy - I know what I like and that's it. And the internal workings of English and Scots music making would seem about as alien as you can get. But...the author got me cuaght up in the story of an old fossil who had come the end of his rope as an educator and had lost his marriage and was basically breathing while waiting to die. Happens to a lot of people. But things happen, like they do in real life, and life begins to change for the Captain and his musician friends. Nothing too unrealistic, but funny as heck. And in the background there's the mystery of the Valkyrie and what did happen to his marriage. This is a funny, moving, and good story of a fossil's coming of age. If I can find anything else Lawrie has written, I'd buy it. If he hasn't written anything else, I hope he does. The book is recommended.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Daniel Quentin Steele on Jan. 31, 2012 :
I wasn't intending to buy this book. It just looked interesting and I made the mistake of checking out the free preview. And that was my undoing. I'm not a big music guy - I know what I like and that's it. And the internal workings of English and Scots music making would seem about as alien as you can get. But...the author got me caught up in the story of an old fossil who had come the end of his rope as an educator and had lost his marriage and was basically breathing while waiting to die. Happens to a lot of people. But things happen, like they do in real life, and life begins to change for the Captain and his musician friends. Nothing too unrealistic, but funny as heck. And in the background there's the mystery of the Valkyrie and what did happen to his marriage. This is a funny, moving, and good story of a fossil's coming of age. If I can find anything else Lawrie has written, I'd buy it. If he hasn't written anything else, I hope he does. The book is recommended.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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