#Blogtour The Dig Street Festival by Chris Walsh @WalshWrites @LouiseWalters12 @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours #TheDigStreetFestival

The Blurb

It’s 2006 in the fictional East London borough of Leytonstow. The UK’s pub smoking ban is about to happen, and thirty-eight-and-a-half year old John Torrington, a mopper and trolley collector at his local DIY store, is secretly in love with the stylish, beautiful, and middle-class barmaid Lois. John and his hapless, strange, and down-on-their-luck friends, Gabby Longfeather and Glyn Hopkins, live in Clements Markham House – a semi-derelict Edwardian villa divided into unsanitary bedsits, and (mis)managed by the shrewd, Dickensian business man, Mr Kapoor.

When Mr Kapoor, in a bizarre and criminal fluke, makes him fabulously credit-worthy, John surprises his friends and colleagues alike by announcing he will organise an amazing ‘urban love revolution’, aka the Dig Street Festival. But when he discovers dark secrets at the DIY store, and Mr Kapoor’s ruthless gentrification scheme for Clements Markham House, John’s plans take several unexpected and worrisome turns…

Funny, original, philosophical, and unexpectedly moving, The Dig Street Festival takes a long, hard, satirical look at modern British life, and asks of us all, how can we be better people?

My Review

I was distinctly out of breath and my head was in a veritable spin when i closed the final page of The Dig Street Festival, Walsh definitely knew how to spin a yarn.

It helped enormously that his characters were at one whacky, fun, but also with a distinct serious side that seemed to highlight the facets of society. Walsh largely centered his novel around three characters, its leader John Torrington, the one with the gumption and the brains, stuck in a dead end job, who wasn’t quite expecting that a series of random events would have such a serious impact on his life.

Glyn Hopkins was the introvert philosophical one, the one whose dreams saw him meet everyone from Mozart to Hitler and had an unfortunate habit of dry retching when placed in awkward and stressful situations.

Gabby Longfeather was my absolute favourite, a man who never understood the world he lived in, completely and utterly gullable, a mummy’s boy who needed a guiding hand to keep him out of unintentional trouble.

Together they were a force to be reckoned with as Walsh hurtled them through a random series events that saw them grabble with the criminal underworld of Leystonstow. It was a criminal underworld that was just as disorganised and haphazard as John and as his friends except Walsh gave them the upper hand, gave John some inner fight and intelligence that saw him conquer and gain their respect. His finest moment his involvement with the local Dig street Festival which in itself turned into something no one ever imagined with national TV coverage and his fifteen minutes of fame.

For all the chaotic mayhem of Walsh’s novel a serious side simmered underneath. We learnt the value of looking beneath the superficial veneer of those around us, of being able to challenge the acceptable norm and respecting and appreciating individuality no matter how unique and eccentric that person may be.

The Dig Street Festival was a fun roller coaster ride of a novel and one I thoroughly enjoyed.

I would like to thank Louis Walters Books for a copy of The Dig Street Festival to read and review and to Damp Pebbles Blogtours for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.

About the author

Chris Walsh grew up in Middlesbrough and now lives in Kent. He writes both fiction and non-fiction, an example of which you can read here in May 2020’s Moxy Magazine.

​Chris’s debut novel The Dig Street Festival will be published by Louise Walters Books in April 2021. 

​Chris’s favourite novel is Stoner by John Williams and his favourite novella is The Death of Ivan Illyich by Leo Tolstoy. His top poet is Philip Larkin. He is also a fan of Spike Milligan.

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WalshWrites

Purchase Links:

Louise Walters Books: http://bit.ly/3f9jJvz

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3cakZfQ

Foyles: https://bit.ly/3lBCCIJ

Waterstones: http://bit.ly/3tO2VhH

Book Depository: http://bit.ly/3caF7yg

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2QoYsn3

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