The Cutting Room

Louise Welsh

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The award-winning and atmospheric crime cult classic from bestselling author Louise Welsh – ‘Unputdownable’ Sunday Times

‘Unputdownable’ Sunday Times
‘I was hooked from page one’ Guardian

When Rilke, a dissolute auctioneer, comes upon a hidden collection of violent and highly disturbing photographs, he feels compelled to discover more about the deceased owner who coveted them. Soon he finds himself sucked into an underworld of crime, depravity and secret desire, fighting for his life.

“One of the most intriguing, assured and unputdownable debuts to come out of Scotland in recent years … A stunning work of fiction”
sunday Times

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“A remarkable first novel”
new York Times

“I was hooked from page one. Rilke is not Welsh’s only great creation. The huge supporting cast of misfits and outsiders … are equally memorable. And Glasgow becomes a character in itself: it is oppressive, foreboding – a dark place for a dark tale”

“Astonishingly this is a first novel, catapulting Welsh straight into the superstar league, while establishing Rilke as a true original”
the Times

“Welsh upturns tropes and adds depth, seedy detail and Gothic lyricism to the page-turner framework”

Louise Welsh

Louise Welsh is an award-winning author of eight novels. The Cutting Room, her debut novel, won the Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award and the Saltire First Book of The Year Award. In 2018, she was awarded the Most Inspiring Saltire First Book Award winner by public vote. She is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow.