'This book of short stories set in South Queensferry, on the River Forth around the 1950s/60s, tell the true adventures of a young boy, his family and friends and neighbours in the community. Told with warmth and an insight into life's various ups and downs in that era.' I thought the author bought the characters to life and made one feel they were there with them. i found this book easy to read and interesting. Each anecdote is well written, the characters believable, and the incidents realistic. A social history with a human face which should appeal to a wide range of readers.'
' I grew up in the same street to Brendan and his family and I still stay there now. This book brought back so many memories of the Ferry and I couldn't wait to turn the page. It was well written and every page brought another memory flooding back. Growing up in the Ferry was a great place and there were so many characters that Brendan has captured so well. The part about sneaking the picnic to the Shellbeds really made me laugh, if you grew up in the Ferry you knew how to sneak the picnic passed the gate!! hahahaha I am not the quickest reader as I lose interest quite quickly, but I read this book in a couple of hours as I couldn't put it down once I picked up my Kindle. I felt it easy to read and very enjoyable......THANK YOU Brendan.'
' I love this book because after living there I recognise the places and the names of the people mentioned. It is a good story and well written'
''Wonderful memories from my childhood of great characters and familiar places described in this well written book. However, don't have to be a "Ferry Folk" to enjoy this'.
''These stories are "local" for me..A superb book ..A real mix of real life tales....Well written ..looking forward to reading the rest of Brendan's books...'
'Bittersweet childhood memories. I was brought up in Bathgate, not too far away, and have spent many happy days visiting the Ferry. He describes the place brilliantly and brings to life the local characters, describing their struggles '
'Another cracker from Brendan "Ratso" Gisby! Good to recall a time when life was simpler and you did not require photo id to prove who you were and how old. In addition to being a fascinating tale from the town in which I grew up, Brendan takes us from the downright funny with his description of the brawl in a Ferry hostelry to the downright sad with his tale of Billy G. I hope this won't be his last about the Ferry during the period of our youth.'
'I was amazed at how many memories came flooding back after spending the time to read it not once but twice as I loved it that much.'
''The book is a selection of stories about the author who has spent time working as a ferry man, easy to read and very gripping'
' Loved it - will appeal to many Scots who remember the sixties and seventies. Bittersweet memories of both community spirit and bullying in the workplace which were common at the time.'
These are books from Brendan’s youth. He must be the Bard of the Ferry the amount he’s written about the place, and it’s great to see he is appreciated by the folks who stay there still. As he hit 65 this year, Brendan started to look back at the various ‘stages’ of his life. The Ferry is now far behind him, though always, I suspect, a part of him. But I’d recommend you read some of the short stories he’s recently written for McStorytellers, flagged up in his blog Scratching an itch. http://the4bs.weebly.com/the-4-bs-blog/scratching-an-itch
One thing with Brendan is, there’s always another story to read, somewhere.
And while you’re there, have a look at his own Retrospective http://the4bs.weebly.com/the-4-bs-blog/the-gisby-years-a-retrospective if you haven’t already. He gives a tentative nod to his WIP ‘The Percentages Man.’ I’ve been privileged to read the first part of it. It’s the kind of book that makes you angry as a reader – and Brendan says that he doesn’t write when he’s feeling angry because he finds it corrupts the authenticity of his character creation – but how you’d write this without anger I have no idea. Thus I know it’ll take some time to come to fruition, but when it does… it’ll be classic Gisby! Roll on that day.