Troubador Windows 96

Released: 28/01/2019

ISBN: 9781789016024

eISBN: 9781789012620

Format: Paperback/eBook

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It’s 1996. Teenage Alex languishes in his garage den, imagining a future of travel and sunshine in a bid to escape the ordinary. Money is his only hurdle, until double glazing salesman, Fox, enters his life.

Empty days are soon filled with knocking on doors, the nights spent drinking in seedy pubs with his boss and the sales team as he gets to know their secrets.

He needs to leave the tangle of his new existence before his sun-drenched dreams are out of reach, but crime, family, pending sales, and unexpected love, make it harder than he thought…


A classic coming of age tale in the cheap but flashy world of double glazing, Windows 96 is an amusing, yet insightful look into not only the character’s lives, but human nature. Readers who miss the buzzing vibe of the nineties, as well as those who enjoy well-written character-driven stories, will follow Alex on his road of good intentions until the final page.

Growing up in the 1990's myself, I did experience a sense of nostalgia as I read this title. Some of my child-hood memories came flooding back.

I disliked the protagonist and found the character progression rather slow and un-moving.

I liked the writing style, very easy to read and to settle into, the pacing definitely helped with that.
A good read!

by Julie Oakley


This book was definitely outside of my usual read but I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. It vaguely reminded me of The Wolf of Wallstreet movie, which I enjoyed, and the pace was great. It was hard for me to connect with Alex, the main character, in the beginning because he was usually in the background. Overall it was an enjoyable read and I’d recommend it to fans of strong character development and anyone looking for something a bit different to read.

by Destiny


There were certain aspects of this book that I really liked! For example, the fact that it was was set in the 90's was a plus! I really like books that are historical/or in the past (or before modern day), so this book was very appealing. I also liked the main characters experiences. They were very easy to relate to- although I couldn't related to his personality, but his thoughts were very his age, if you get what I mean. It also was a very fast read, meaning that it pulled me in- mainly because it was so truthful and genuine. I think it gives a good outlook on what others can and do go through.

by Maile Narro


Windows 96 takes place in the 1990s. I was a 90s child, so I enjoyed that part of it. The story was good overall. Characters were interesting. The plot was engaging and moved quickly. A fast read. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.

by Jamie Bass


I really enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I liked the main character and felt he was very relatable. By the end of the book it felt like I truly knew most of the characters. I also liked the plot and found it very amusing at times. Another good aspect was that it was set in the 90s which I loved.

by Becca


Cal Holmes

Cal Holmes in the Yorkshire countryside. Writing has only ever been a hobby, along with reading, oil painting, and snowboarding.

A brief stint as a double gazing canvasser in the 90s inspired Windows 96.

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