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The Cutting Room

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Awards

Selected as one of Britain's Best First Novelists of 2002 by The Guardian

Staff Pick

Wow! A first novel with an intriguing plot and totally believable characters. An excellent writer who allows you to empathize with a protagonist who is not always deserving.
Recommended by Mark, Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing

Synopses & Reviews

Review:

"Rilke is a brilliantly complex character....I love this book." Kate Edwards, The Guardian (U.K.)

Review:

"[A] remarkable first novel....Like all the best exponents of the genre, Louise Welsh sets up her template and then manipulates it, using the glamour of crime to examine more humdrum kinds of suffering and loss....She is playfully referential; one reason this novel is such fun to read is that it feels as though the author's enjoying herself." Sophie Harrison, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Each character in The Cutting Room, from Rilke's blowsy broad of a boss to a tranny drug dealer, no matter how small, comes off the page vividly....After Rilke, the most prominent character in the book is Glasgow itself. Welsh gives a strong sense of a city that has become its own gloomy monument....The Cutting Room is further proof of the renaissance of Scottish fiction, a movement often credited to the likes of Irvine Welsh, James Kelman and Geoff Torrington. With the exception of Alan Warner (author of Morvern Callar), however, the vitality of Scottish writing has been better represented by crime novelists like Val McDermid, Ian Rankin, Denise Mina and John Harvey. Louise Welsh may prove able to straddle the two camps, attracting the readers of both literary and genre fiction. You can find traces of morality tales, urban fiction, crime stories and Gothics in The Cutting Room without finding any single point of comparison that mirrors the book's unique voice or hardened humanism. It's a brilliant debut." Charles Taylor, Salon.com

Review:

"Rilke is hardly a likable character, but...he is so witty, self-aware and oddly vulnerable...that he becomes disarming....[Welsh knows] how to keep an intriguing story moving. She is not good at action, however, and the actual climax...is oddly muted and unconvincing. This is one of those books...in which the journey is infinitely more beguiling than the destination." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"A sharp, darkly glittering debut." Dilys Rose, author of Pest Maiden

Synopsis:

When Rilke, an auctioneer, comes upon a hidden collection of graphically violent erotic photos, he feels compelled to unearth more about the deceased owner who coveted them. What follows is a compulsive journey of discovery, decadence, and deviousness, steered in part by Rilke's gay promiscuity and inquisitive nature.

About the Author

Louise Welsh's short stories and articles have been widely published. For many years she worked as a dealer in second-hand, out of print and antiquarian books. This is her first novel. She lives in Glasgow.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781841953830
Author:
Welsh, Louise
Publisher:
Canongate Pub.
Location:
Edinburgh
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Pornography
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Gay men
Subject:
Glasgow, scotland
Subject:
Auctioneers.
Subject:
Glasgow
Subject:
FICTION / Literary
Copyright:
Series Volume:
3328
Publication Date:
March 2003
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
294
Dimensions:
8.52x6.40x1.10 in. 1.03 lbs.

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Product details 294 pages Canongate Pub. - English 9781841953830 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Wow! A first novel with an intriguing plot and totally believable characters. An excellent writer who allows you to empathize with a protagonist who is not always deserving.

"Review" by , "Rilke is a brilliantly complex character....I love this book."
"Review" by , "[A] remarkable first novel....Like all the best exponents of the genre, Louise Welsh sets up her template and then manipulates it, using the glamour of crime to examine more humdrum kinds of suffering and loss....She is playfully referential; one reason this novel is such fun to read is that it feels as though the author's enjoying herself."
"Review" by , "Each character in The Cutting Room, from Rilke's blowsy broad of a boss to a tranny drug dealer, no matter how small, comes off the page vividly....After Rilke, the most prominent character in the book is Glasgow itself. Welsh gives a strong sense of a city that has become its own gloomy monument....The Cutting Room is further proof of the renaissance of Scottish fiction, a movement often credited to the likes of Irvine Welsh, James Kelman and Geoff Torrington. With the exception of Alan Warner (author of Morvern Callar), however, the vitality of Scottish writing has been better represented by crime novelists like Val McDermid, Ian Rankin, Denise Mina and John Harvey. Louise Welsh may prove able to straddle the two camps, attracting the readers of both literary and genre fiction. You can find traces of morality tales, urban fiction, crime stories and Gothics in The Cutting Room without finding any single point of comparison that mirrors the book's unique voice or hardened humanism. It's a brilliant debut."
"Review" by , "Rilke is hardly a likable character, but...he is so witty, self-aware and oddly vulnerable...that he becomes disarming....[Welsh knows] how to keep an intriguing story moving. She is not good at action, however, and the actual climax...is oddly muted and unconvincing. This is one of those books...in which the journey is infinitely more beguiling than the destination."
"Review" by , "A sharp, darkly glittering debut."
"Synopsis" by , When Rilke, an auctioneer, comes upon a hidden collection of graphically violent erotic photos, he feels compelled to unearth more about the deceased owner who coveted them. What follows is a compulsive journey of discovery, decadence, and deviousness, steered in part by Rilke's gay promiscuity and inquisitive nature.
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