Search Results: "Louise Welsh"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CUTTING ROOM by Louise Welsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 19, 2003

"Strange amorous encounters underscore the dissolute Rilke's appeal, but the reasons for his dogged sleuthing remain a mystery, making him a shadowy figure as frustrating as he is fascinating to observe."
A debut crime novel with aspirations, featuring a quintessential flawed hero, a smart and morally ambivalent gay Glaswegian auctioneer. Read full book review >

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TAMBURLAINE MUST DIE by Louise Welsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2005

"Despite the catchy title, the thin plot will disappoint readers looking for the generic pleasures of the historical mystery. What they'll find instead is a pitiless rendering of an Elizabethan celebrity culture in which each celebrity survives by unceasingly attacking all the others."
The last feverish week in the life of Christopher Marlowe, dramatist, informant and spy. Read full book review >

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THE BULLET TRICK by Louise Welsh
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 10, 2006

"An eerie but underfed whodunit."
In the sleazier corners of Berlin, London and Glasgow, a down-on-his-luck magician sorts out two killings—and his obsession with a femme fatale—in Welsh's follow-up to her debut, The Cutting Room (2003). Read full book review >

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SKAGBOYS by Irvine Welsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2012

"Red meat for Welsh cultists, but a heavy load for anybody else."
Once more into the ditch: Welsh revisits the economically depressed, heroin-sick slums of Edinburgh in this hefty prequel to Trainspotting (1993). Read full book review >

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THE UNRESOLVED by T.K. Welsh
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"On the whole, however, a remarkable account of an incident about which many Americans know nothing at all. (Historical fiction. 14+)"
Prior to 9/11, the greatest single disaster of New York City's history occurred on June 15, 1904, when the steamship General Slocum caught fire on the East River, killing over 1,000 passengers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CRIME by Irvine Welsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A good man in a very bad world, Lennox deserves a thematically richer novel."
Dime-store psychology and half-baked moralizing undermine this character-driven police procedural. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 17, 1999

"But he has little feeling for the revealing details and telling anecdotes that illuminate the best histories. (32 b&w photos, not seen)"
This massive, thoroughly competent history of South Africa has everything except the final, galvanizing spark of life. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Welsh does not always pick up the many threads of this complex narrative, but he does a good job of showing how the religious and political rivalries of old anticipated later crises in world history."
A well-intended but not entirely successful overview of one of Europe's most turbulent eras, defined by religious schism and the advent of an Islamic enemy. Read full book review >

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A BORROWED PLACE by Frank Welsh
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

Scholarly, understated, massive history of the Crown Colony, from Britisher and former international banker Welsh. Read full book review >

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MARABOU STORK NIGHTMARES by Irvine Welsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Magical, without a hint of cloying sentiment. (First serial to Grand Street)"
Welsh, Scotland's brightest young literary rebel (The Acid House, stories, p. 181), weighs in with a technically dazzling and emotionally wrenching portrait of working-class youth wasted in an emotional vacuum. Read full book review >

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THE SEX LIVES OF SIAMESE TWINS by Irvine Welsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A sometimes pleasurably over-the-top, sometimes simplistic proof that physical and mental health aren't always intertwined."
A rage-fueled gym rat enters into an abusive, symbiotic relationship with an overweight artist in a brash, decidedly Welsh-ian study of body image and media. Read full book review >

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REHEATED CABBAGE by Irvine Welsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"The stories are dated, true, but even Welsh's leftovers still have enough whiplash to leave a mark."
A blast from the past: eight doses of Scotsploitation and ultraviolence from Welsh's poisonous pen (Crime, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >