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A Glasgow Kiss

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A student nurse just weeks away from finally qualifying, she hops onto dating apps to try and land herself a prince—but all she seems to find are frogs. The girly brunches with best friend Ashley and sister Emily genuinely felt like every gossip session I've had with my mates, complete with stories of terrible dates, embarrassing moments, and lurid sex stories. The NHS nurse and single mum-of-two from Bellshill joined 200 of her friends, family and colleagues at the Corinthian in Glasgow where everyone toasted to her success. Sophie began writing A Glasgow Kiss by mapping a basic spider diagram including her and her best friend’s worst dates and wrote the story around the mishaps.

But they’re characterised by the seasoned Glaswegian’s capacity to find humour in the most absurd and socially awkward encounters. Several of my female friends have relayed tales of meeting blokes who think that the simple act of agreeing to go on a date is a contractual guarantee of sex. A Glasgow Kiss, has featured in dissertations from students from The University of Glasgow, describing its prominent presence in Scottish literature, and how it has shone light on Scottish women and feminism throughout Glasgow.

It is important that we continue to promote these adverts as our local businesses need as much support as possible during these challenging times. One of them was sitting in our dialysis unit reading it and asked me to come over and sign it for her.

There are a few minor grammar issues, and the continual fish references were a bit off-putting, but A Glasgow Kiss is a thoroughly enjoyable read that I fully recommend. I know many of the places mentioned in the story including Glasgow Caledonian University and felt like I was back there while I was listening. She is single and joins an online dating site to find Mr right- however, her life suddenly spirals out of control. I read it in a day and being from Glasgow was excited to read about someone dating and living in the area. I devoured this book in 24 hours, which was full of laugh out loud moments and inwards groans as we follow Zara on her dating journey.These adverts enable local businesses to get in front of their target audience – the local community.

Although things did start to pick up again soon after - thanks in part, to Keira Lucchesi fantastic narration. They were telling me that they’d been waiting for years for someone to describe how it really is for them in real life. The sheer volume of grammatical, spelling and formatting issues put me off this book from the start. I’m not sure I would categorise A Glasgow Kiss as a romance, purely due to the severe lack of “romantic men” that poor Zara (and possibly Sophie) dated however there’s an underlying strong tale of friendship and inoffensive sex scenes a plenty, although not in a Jilly Cooper or 50 shades manner but more of a “oh my god do men actually do that to bodysuits? The relatability, Glaswegian humour and insight into the female mind and the antics of the lead character, Zara Smith, 29, have also garnered interest from TV production companies.Zara’s somewhat turbulent dating life makes me incredibly chuffed to be happily married and not having to encounter the world of tinder in my late twenties.

This being The Herald, I’ve chosen the comparatively subdued aftermath of one of Zara’s bedtime rendezvous which she discusses with her friend, Ashley. It was way too enjoyable to be left aside and a great cheer up for all of us single girls out there! As Scott living in America was delighted with the Glasgow banter and memories of growing up Scottish. I used to love a morning after breakdown of the night before in Coia’s and I loved seeing them get such a lengthy mention.As her healthcare job got 'more intense' amid the coronavirus pandemic, the budding author wrote in between gruelling shifts. Pal Heather Suttie, who hosted the launch party, said: “Sophie’s book has become a cult classic and What Happens in Dubai has already had hundreds of five star reviews, she’s a total star. A Glasgow Kiss was originally a self-published novel, as Gravia admits she had no idea how to approach publishers. I’m meeting Sophie Gravia, the young author of what might turn out to be one of the defining literary works of Scotland’s collective lockdown experience.

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