Book Review: The Ossians, Doug Johnstone

Doug Johnstone is many things; a writer, journalist, talented musician and, if that’s not enough, he also has a PhD in Experimental Nuclear Physics. His critically acclaimed debut novel ‘Tombstoning’ was published in 2006. His band ‘Northern Alliance’ have released four successful albums and were recently nominated as one of the top young Scottish bands by The Scotsman. The music of fictional band ‘The Ossians' will be available online on the book’s publication.

‘The Ossians' are a popular Edinburgh indie band. Connor Alexander is their talented, erudite, conceited and charismatic twenty-four-year-old frontman. His twin sister Kate, girlfriend Hannah, and best mate Danny make up the rest of the band. On the verge of signing a major record deal, they are first going on tour, two weeks, up north, in winter! 

What follows is not so much the sex drugs and rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle they would have hoped for, but rather a bizarre trip with seagull massacres, stalkers, seizures, radioactive beaches, riotous Russians, deadly snowstorms, random shootings and general beatings - but with the inevitable substance abuse thrown in.

Doug Johnstone offers us an outrageous tale of obsession and a search for identity. Hugely entertaining and written with wry and funny insight, this is a contemporary novel which will be loved by fans of Iain Banks and Irvine Welsh. 

'The Ossians' is released in paperback March 2008, priced £12.99.

* Photograph is an image posted by the author.