Naming the Bones

By Louise Welsh


Knee-deep in the mud of an ancient burial ground, a winter storm raging around him, and at least one person intent on his death: how did Murray Watson end up here? His quiet life in university libraries researching the lives of writers seems a world away, and yet it is because of the mysterious writer, Archie Lunan, dead for thirty years, that Murray now finds himself scrabbling in the dirt on the remote island of Lismore. Loaded with Welsh's trademark wit, insight and gothic charisma, this adventure novel weaves the lives of Murray and Archie together in a tale of literature, obsession and dark magic.

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* Her most thrilling yet - an electrifying journey to one man's heart of darkness. -- Kate Atkinson * This elegiac, elegant and atmospheric book is an original and compelling first novel. Rarely can such gothic material have been treated with such subtlety. Daily Telegraph [praise for THE CUTTING ROOM] * A tour de force. Independent on Sunday [praise for THE BULLET TRICK] * It's not magic that takes us to another world - it's storytelling. And Louise Welsh is mistress of that dark art. -- Val McDermid * Breathtaking. An astonishing spell of dark glamour. -- Jake Arnott * An assured pace sees this intricately plotted novel develop gradually towards an explosive finale. A fine balance between the urban universities and the desolately remote Scottish Islands, creates an evocative setting for a brooding mixture of betrayal, darkness and secrets. Waterstone's Books Quarterly * Masterful...the most rounded of Welsh's books to date, fulfilling the huge promise of her earlier work, combining a whip-cracking plot with a literary touch that lifts her way above her genre colleagues. -- Anna Burnside Sunday Times Ecosse * Her admirers will swoop, knowing what to expect. But theyll find that the familiar elements have been distilled and refined to an even purer essence of Louise Welshness: gripping, humour, eroticism, the macabre, a spattering of gore. -- Ronald Frame Scottish Review of Books (Vol 6) * If her previous work suggested Welsh was an exciting voice for the here and now this latest novel stakes her claim to being one that will last for some considerable time to come. Stirling Observer * Keeps you hooked to the end. Metro * Saturated with dark imagery, which colours even the most ordinary of settings. Times Literary Supplement * Welsh heaps the tension, chapter by chapter, in this enthralling read. Vogue * [Naming the Bones] doesn't so much push the boundaries of crime writing as reflect a real mastery of the genre. The Scotsman * With her latest thriller ... [Welsh] seals her status as one of Scotland's most unsettling novelists. She's not someone i'd like to meet in a dark alley. -- Rosemary Goring The Herald, Arts Supplement * Naming the Bones combines a whip-cracking plot with a sure literary touch. -- Anna Burnside Sunday Times * Ripping pace, expertly drawn characters, intelligent allusions - Louise Welsh is back, with a twist. -- Claire Black The Scotsman * A thrilling delight from start to finish. Big Issue * If you love curling up with an atmospheric thriller on a drizzly Sunday afternoon, this is the novel for you ... Spellbinding! Grazia

Author Biography

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