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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd; Reprint edition (2 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857860860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857860866
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Before becoming a full-time writer Louise Welsh ran a second hand bookshop. She has been the recipient of several awards including the John Creasey Memorial Dagger, the Saltire first book award and in 2007 was included in Waterstones list of twenty-five authors for the future. She has also written for radio and stage and in 2009 produced a libretto for Scottish Opera's 5:15 series. She lives in Glasgow. You can learn more about Louise at www.louisewelsh.com

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'One of the most intriguing, assured and unputdownable debuts to come out of Scotland in recent years . . . A stunning work of fiction.' --The Sunday Times

'The Cutting Room is a hugely commendable debut, assured and memorable. Crime fiction may have its prize-winner at last.' --Independent

'What makes The Cutting Room so gripping is the combination of suspense and character.' --The Herald

About the Author

Louise Welsh is the bestselling author of The Cutting Room, Tamburlaine Must Die, The Bullet Trick and Naming the Bones. She was chosen as one of Britain's Best First Novelists of 2002 by the Guardian. Her awards include the Crime Writers' Association John Creasey Memorial Dagger and the Saltire First Book Award. She lives in Glasgow.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By G. L. Haggett VINE VOICE on 11 Sep 2006
Format: Paperback
An atmospheric thriller, based upon an auctioneer's discovery of violent pornographic photographs during a house clearance, with homosexuality, brooding sexual tension and an ever-present sense of imminent menace thrown in for good measure.

Louise Welsh has a light touch in her writing, lending a subtlety to the dark and troubling scenes she creates; relationships, both on the one-to-one level of brute sexual desire and in the wider sense of man's relationship to man, are convincingly portrayed.

Two rather stilted homilies towards the end of the book, on people trafficking and the behaviour during the Orange Walk, therefore sit rather uneasily in the context.

All in all, however, this is a satisfyingly challenging read.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Aug 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a great book and I can't recommend it strongly enough. Loved everthing about it; great plot, great characters, great dialogue, brilliant evocation of seemier side to Glasgow, beautiful obsevation and none of the self consciously "fine writing" that spoils so many new British novels, nice and meaty and real. Nice use of quotations too and I really enjoyed all the references to Romanticism and Scottish literature (The drinks bar is called Gilmartin's, from the Justified Sinner). I can't remember reading a new book that was so generous to the reader in providing plain old fashioned reading pleasure, there's even (rarest of joys) a great ending with a real sense of closure. Just fabulous.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jo on 5 Sep 2003
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I have never read a book like this before! All the characters are dark and interesting with shady pasts or little secrets. The main character spends his spare time looking for chance encounters in the park or gents toilets, yet he also manages to grip you to the storyline and you end up feeling for all the characters no matter their personality or preferences.
This book had me hooked from the first page! If you want a novel that is fresh and original you MUST read this. I cant wait to see what she writes next!
The ending caught me totally unawares!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wynne Kelly TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Oct 2011
Louise Welsh is a talented writer - although I have to say that this book shouted "literary crime fiction" a bit too loudly in parts. However the atmosphere of Glasgow is brilliantly portrayed especially the interior of buildings. The plot is intriguing. An auctioneer is asked to clear the house of a dead man and finds a collection of disturbing pornographic photographs. He becomes fascinated by these and finds himself drawn towards tracking down the young female victim.

Most of the characters were, unfortunately, rather unpleasant and unattractive. The hero being a homosexual is no problem but the hero having predatory tendencies and a rather unsavoury sex life make him less appealing!

Recommended for those who like their crime fiction dark and with graphic sex.....

Plus: a brilliant narration by Robert Carlyle.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Oct 2002
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This book restored my faith in crime fiction! A dark story, set in a dark city, with a wonderfully dysfunctional hero. Beautifully written and tensely plotted, this is a class act for a first novel.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Nov 2003
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I came upon it by chance and purchased it after reading the reviews on Amazon, half believing the claims, but from the first page I was hooked. The story (both in style and content), is so different from any other crime thriller I've read, that I couldn't wait to get back to it to see what twist or turn the plot would take. I found the main character, Rilke, endearing in a very seedy sort of way. I thought that the author's very clever style of writing (from the point of view of Rilke) made me think of the old 40s black-and-white detective movies where the detective talks over the action, telling the viewer what's going on in his head! Nevertheless, this novel has a very gritty, earthy, powerful feel to it and it is like no other novel I've read. Superb!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 22 Aug 2003
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A different novel - if only because it has a rather unlovable 'protagonist' rather than a narrator or hero. Dark, obsessive and unusual, this book is one you will be sorry to finish and the author one whose future work you will await with eager interest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gaviano on 7 Mar 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
The initial set-up is very good -- the grimy characters, the rainy city, the big mysterious house with the big mysterious attic, the disturbing secrets -- and I stayed with it until I was about halfway through, knowing it wasn't exactly spectacular but entertaining nonetheless.

After that, it runs out of steam a bit and started to feel a bit overwritten until near the end when a room full of new characters is introduced at great length and you just know none of these people are going to be important so don't feel at all guilty in skipping. The end itself felt out of focus with the rest of the book.

A decent introduction to Welsh's writing and despite my disappointment with the end, I look forward to reading more of her work.
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