- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd (3 Feb. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847672566
- ISBN-13: 978-1847672568
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 356,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Visit Louise's website for more information: www.louisewelsh.com
Welsh is adept at keeping you reading till the end. --The Daily Mail
Saturated with dark imagery... enjoyable and exciting. --Times Literary Supplement
Naming the Bones combines a whip-cracking plot with a sure literary touch. --Anna Burnside, Sunday Times
Top-notch tartan noir . . . Welsh is the best of the current crop of clever crime writers returning some conspicuous craft to the genre. --Independent on Sunday
It's not magic that takes us to another world - it's storytelling. And Louise Welsh is mistress of that dark art. --Val McDermid
About the Author
Louise Welsh is the bestselling author of The Cutting Room, Tamburlaine Must Die and The Bullet Trick. She was chosen as one of Britain's Best First Novelists of 2002 by the Guardian. Her awards include the Crime Writers' Association Creasey Dagger and the Saltire First Book Award. She lives in Glasgow.
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Naming the Bones is set in the competitive world of Scottish academia; in particular, the universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Doctor Murray Watson, a Glasgow professor of English literature, sets himself the task, by way of writing a book, of restoring the image of Archie Lunan, a promising poet whose early death 30 years previously had consigned him to obscurity.
Lunan had died in mysterious circumstances on the remote Scottish island of Lismore and was buried there. Murray bases his research on a close reading of a slim volume of Lunan's poetry, a box of barely decipherable papers and word-of-mouth testimony of those among his academic peers who claimed to have known Lunan.
However what started as research soon becomes a quest to seek out the truths, not only about Lunan's life and death but also about what lies behind the climate of intrigue, deviancy and betrayal he discovers to be prevalent in the universities.
Thus the reader is presented with the trope of a writer/critic cast in the role of an amateur detective. A role that, incidentally, also serves to send Murray on a journey of self-discovery in which parallels in the lives of his subject and himself become more and more evident.
Louise Welsh's strong points of vivid characterization and intricate plotting are at the forefront of this entertaining novel. Four stars.
Thankfully in Louise Welsh we have one of the finest writers of our age who turns this seemingly unpromising material into an intriguing dark tale of mystery and betrayal.
The story does start in a rather mundane way, with our hero Murray Watson setting off on his research about the poet Archie Luhan. However, although the subject does not appear inspiring the writing does draw one in and Welsh's skill lies in planting the idea in the reader's mind,
"There's something not quite right here".
This sense of unease is what makes this tale so intriguing and also makes the story so convincing. Yes there are twists and surprises, but these are like events in real life rather than the contrivances of so much fiction. Like the hero the reader feels as if something is going to happen, but doesn't know exactly what.
This is a masterful tale beautifully told. I find it impossible to fault Louise Welsh at all. The plot is intriguing, the characters are interesting, the writing is just so beautiful and the evocation of place is right on the button.
This is one of the best novels to emerge from Scotland (or anywhere else for that matter) in many years.
Fans of Louise Welsh will enjoy this new treat and it is a great place to start for those who have not yet discovered this great writer.
In Naming the Bones her characters are three dimensional. Even the nastiest of them has some redeeming feature. The locations, particularly, but not only, the rain soaked island where the denouement is set, are so well drawn you feel the rain running down the back of your neck - or is that the hairs standing on end? Dark, edgy writing draws you in to her well crafted plot.
And you know that her erudition that is hinted at with classical and other references is the tip of an iceberg. She's a clever lass.
I am so looking forward to her next book.
What world are you taking us to then, Louise?
The story was slightly slow to get going, but that did not detract me and I was up until the wee hours finishing it. The story moves between Glasgow, Scotland and the isle of Lismore. It was the story on the island which I found the most interesting, with fascinating characters and an intriguing plot.
Well worth a read and I will be searching for more of Ms Welsh's novels.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved the first Louise Welsh book that I read (The Cutting Room) so thought I would give this one a try. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Seamus 60
Good read, marred by typos. This is a well written novel so the four stars are for the author. However, the kindle version has a typo on virtually every page, in the form of words... Read morePublished 6 months ago by ellenq
I love this author and, as a former academic, loved this book. Mind you, life in Academia was never quite so interesting back then ... very well-written.Published 10 months ago by Dr. Alan Wilson
Fantastic page turner that I found extremely entertaining. Beautiful pace and descriptive technique with a twist I didn't see coming till it was on me.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
In Naming the Bones Louise Welsh has produced an irresistible literary novel that keeps the reader guessing right to the end.
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This was recommended and I bought it during the night to my Kindle when I was stuck in another book. I found it engaging.Published 14 months ago by Francesca
I enjoyed the Bullet Trick and Cutting Room both by the same author so I am totally hooked on anything that louise Welsh writes. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Bruce Miller
Was there a murder? I was on tenterhooks until the last few chapters as the story unfolded - throughly enjoyed itPublished 21 months ago by Mr. N. C. Johnson
Although I found this a little slow to start, once I got into it I couldn’t put it down. A great piece of writing , every bit as good as The Cutting Room.Published 23 months ago by Amy