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Louise Welsh

Author of The Cutting Room

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About the Author

Louise Welsh has published a wide range of short stories and articles. She was chosen as one of Britain's Best First Novelists of 2002 by the Guardian newspaper. The Cutting Room won The Crime Writers Association Creasey Dagger for the best first crime novel as well as The Saltire First Book of the show more Year Award show less

Includes the names: L. Welsh, Louise Welsh, Louise Welsh


Works by Louise Welsh

The Cutting Room (2002) 880 copies
Tamburlaine Must Die (2004) 358 copies
The Bullet Trick (2006) 300 copies
Naming the Bones (2010) 200 copies
A Lovely Way to Burn (2014) 194 copies
The Girl on the Stairs (2012) 101 copies
Death is a Welcome Guest (2015) 82 copies
The Second Cut (2022) 60 copies
Ghost: 100 Stories to Read with the Lights On (2015) — Editor — 49 copies
No Dominion (2017) 44 copies
To the Dogs (2024) 4 copies
V5N6 (2016) 3 copies
Home Ground (2017) — Editor — 2 copies

Associated Works

Live and Let Die (1954) — Introduction, some editions — 3,521 copies
Aiding and Abetting (2000) — Introduction, some editions — 575 copies
Mortification: Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame (2003) — Contributor — 279 copies
OxCrimes (2014) — Contributor — 75 copies
Ox-Tales: Air (2009) — Contributor — 69 copies
Bloody Scotland (2018) — Contributor — 66 copies
The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 8 (2011) — Contributor — 28 copies
Mords.Metropole.Ruhr (2010) — Contributor — 3 copies
Somewhere (2012) — Contributor — 3 copies
Waterstone's Books Quarterly 25/2007 (2007) — Contributor, some editions — 1 copy


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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Welsh, Louise
Other names
Welsh, L.
London, England, UK
Places of residence
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
University of Glasgow (Art History)
Awards and honors
Waterstones 25 Authors for the Future (2007)
Scotland on Sunday/Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award (2004)
Stonewall Book Award (US) (2004)
Hawthornden Fellowship (2005)
David Miller (Rogers Coleridge & White)
Short biography
After studying history at Glasgow University, Louise Welsh established a second-hand bookshop, where she worked for many years. Her first novel, The Cutting Room, won several awards, including the 2002 Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey Memorial Dagger, and was jointly awarded the 2002 Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award. Louise was granted a Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Award in 2003, a Scotland on Sunday/Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award in 2004, and a Hawthornden Fellowship in 2005.

She is a regular radio broadcaster, has published many short stories, and has contributed articles and reviews to most of the British broadsheets. She has also written for the stage. The Guardian chose her as a 'woman to watch' in 2003.



The Girl on the Stairs is a psychological crime thriller by Scottish author Louise Welsh. Jane and Petra are a lesbian couple who are expecting a baby. Jane is pregnant and has just moved to Berlin to join Petra. She is feeling a little isolated as she has no friends in Berlin and speaks little of the language. Petra is a successful businesswoman who often has to travel for her job. With little to keep her occupied, Jane becomes obsessed with the father and daughter who live next door. She hears arguments in the middle of the night and sees bruises on the 13 year old’s face and becomes insistent that the father is abusing his daughter. She also becomes involved with an older couple who live downstairs, although the woman is suffering from dementia and the man isn’t very welcoming. She hears rumors about the mother of the family next door being either missing or murdered.

The story is gripping and keeps the reader guessing whether any of what Jane suspects is true. Jane is obviously damaged in many ways herself but as soon as one starts to doubt Jane, something happens to escalate her suspicions and bring us back to her side. The atmosphere is dark and tense as Jane explores her neighbourhood that includes a derelict building that overlooks the apartment. Everyone in the book appears to be lying and keeping secrets. Who to believe – who to trust?

The Girl on the Stairs had me rooting for Jane one minute and wanting to force her to give up her poking and prying ways the next. The author maintains a claustrophobic tension throughout the book and the many twists and turns keep the pages turning. The book is unsettling and disturbing to the point that many readers will be uncomfortable. Personally I give it a big thumbs up!
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DeltaQueen50 | 12 other reviews | Feb 23, 2024 |
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley.

I was gripped by the start of this story: Jim gets back from a flying visit to his university's Beijing campus to find his (utterly obnoxious) son Elliot has been arrested for possession with intent to distribute. He goes to his grandfather's old pub to drown his sorrows and meets up with a former schoolmate (Jim has come up in the world) who is a criminal lawyer and goes on to represent Elliot. There are various other pressures on Jim from his role at the university and after a while the temptations to compromise begin to pile up.

I found the rest of the book uncomfortably dark and morally conflicted, although to be fair, that's exactly what the blurb promises.
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pgchuis | Dec 22, 2023 |
I liked this book but it did lose its way a bit.
Set in Glasgow early 2000s The main character is Mr. Riike we don't find out his first name.
He is a auctioneer he clears houses and auctions off the good stuff.
He has his own back story he hangs out at known homosexual pick up points.
Riike discovers some very dodgy old photos in the latest house he is clearing. He is working on behalf of the dead man's sister an old spinster.
Its a big job, He decides to investigate the possibility of these photos being of Ladies being killed he should really tell the Police but he doesnt. He meets some interesting characters along the way. He is convinced they are real, the Old spinster dies, Riike and his partner Rose decide to keep the auction money they get robbed.
Final chapter sees them in Paris looking at possible locations of the dodgy photos.
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Daftboy1 | 27 other reviews | Nov 3, 2023 |
Louise Welsh was unknown to me until recently when I read The Cutting Room after which she was immediately added to my favourite authors. This book, the second in the series, was written twenty years later although she appears to have picked up where she left off and the characters have aged little. Rilke, the melancholy auctioneer at Bowery Auctions in Glasgow is no longer prowling through parks searching for casual sex, but finding partners on Grindr. His present job is overseeing an estate sale for a pair of cousins who claim they need to money to provide care for their elderly relative, the owner of the mansion. There is something not quite right, but Rilke and his boss, Rose Bowery, satisfied themselves that there is nothing illegal in the sale. Welsh portrays all of the characters in detail, neglecting none, while giving a description of gay nightlife in Glasgow including some more sordid events. The plot, set in a unique location, is excellent, complex enough to make it compelling but not overly complicated. She takes the reader to what appears to be predictable places via surprising paths. I really hope Welsh follows up soon with more in this fabulous series.… (more)
VivienneR | 5 other reviews | Feb 28, 2023 |



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