Naming the Bones

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Text Publishing Company, Jun 7, 2010 - Fiction - 384 pages
4 Reviews
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 researching the lives of writers in university libraries seems a world apart, and yet it is because of the mysterious poet 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.

'What sticks in the memory are the moments of flashing wit and brilliant prose that illuminate the darkness and light the way. Naming the Bones is that good.' Sydney Morning Herald

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This is the fourth Louise Welsh novel I've read and it's more than up to her usual standard. This time she sends her protagonist on an obsessional quest to find out about a minor Scottish poet who ... Read full review

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For a book where not a lot happens (until the denouement) I was glued to the page - atmosphere, the characters. Read full review

About the author (2010)

Louise Welsh is the bestselling author of The Bullet Trick, The Cutting Room and Tamburlaine Must Die. Her latest novel is Naming the Bones. 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.

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