Louise Welsh

Louise Welsh

Louise Welsh is the author of eight novels including The Cutting Room, A Lovely Way to Burn and Death is a Welcome Guest. She has received numerous awards and international fellowships, including an Honorary Doctor of Arts from Edinburgh Napier University and an honorary fellowship from the University of Iowa's International Writing Program. Louise Welsh is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow.

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We all imagine things. It's when you believe you need to be afraid...

Introducing THE GIRL ON THE STAIRS by Louise Welsh

John Murray

No Dominion

Louise Welsh
Authors:
Louise Welsh

'A vivid, action-packed journey through a post-apocalyptic world. Terrifying and touching in equal measure, the novel is a love story, an adventure, a road movie, a family drama and a murder mystery rolled into one' The Times ScotlandIt is seven years after the Sweats wiped out most of the world's population. Survivors settled on the Orkney Islands are trying to build a new society but their world crashes for a second time when the islands' teenagers vanish. Stevie and Magnus are the only ones who can bring them home.Stevie hasn't been back to the mainland since she escaped to the islands after a desperate flight north from London. Magnus never saw himself leaving either. After all, what's left for him there? But Shug was born on the islands and has never known anything different; has never left them. Until now.And what starts out as a journey to bring home some young people intent on adventure soon turns into a race against time to find Shug before he comes down with the Sweats. Or worse. A pacy, page-turning ride through a post-apocalyptic world, No Dominion sets the pulse racing and doesn't let up until the last thrilling page.

John Murray

Death is a Welcome Guest

Louise Welsh
Authors:
Louise Welsh

Longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the YearMagnus McFall was a comic on the brink of his big break when the world came to an end. Now, he is a man on the run and there is nothing to laugh about.Thrown into unwilling partnership with an escaped convict, Magnus flees the desolation of London to make the long journey north, clinging to his hope that the sickness has not reached his family on their remote Scottish island.He finds himself in a landscape fraught with danger, fighting for his place in a world ruled by men, like his fellow traveller Jeb - practical men who do not let pain or emotions interfere with getting the job done.This is a world with its own justice, and new rules.Where people, guns and food are currency.Where survival is everything.Death is a Welcome Guest defies you to put it down, and leaves you with questions that linger in the mind long after you read the last page.

John Murray

A Lovely Way to Burn

Louise Welsh
Authors:
Louise Welsh

As heard on BBC Radio 4 Book at BedtimeIt doesn't look like murder in a city full of death. A pandemic called 'The Sweats' is sweeping the globe. London is a city in crisis. Hospitals begin to fill with the dead and dying, but Stevie Flint is convinced that the sudden death of her boyfriend Dr Simon Sharkey was not from natural causes. As roads out of London become gridlocked with people fleeing infection, Stevie's search for Simon's killers takes her in the opposite direction, into the depths of the dying city and a race with death. A Lovely Way to Burn is the first outbreak in the Plague Times trilogy. Chilling, tense and completely compelling, it's Louise Welsh writing at the height of her powers.

John Murray

The Face at the Window: Three Stories

Louise Welsh
Authors:
Louise Welsh

The three stories in this short collection from acclaimed author Louise Welsh all confront fear. In 'The Face at the Window' Fiona is convinced someone is breaking into her house, but the only evidence for the break-in is a face at the window that no one else can see. In 'Realm of the Census' Maryanne travels from house to house, collecting census information from strangers, and encounters a woman who lives with ghosts. In 'The Queen of Craigielee' Ailsa is photographing the interior of an abandoned high-rise which is about to be demolished when she sees the faint figure of a girl in a doorway of one of the condemned flats. These three dark stories are tales to savour; they will linger in the mind long after you've finished reading them.

John Murray

The Girl on the Stairs

Louise Welsh
Authors:
Louise Welsh

Jane Logan is a stranger to Berlin and she finds the city alive and echoing with the ghosts of its turbulent past. At six months pregnant, she's instructed by her partner Petra to rest and enjoy her new life in Germany. But while Petra is out at work, Jane begins to feel uneasy in their chic apartment. Screams reverberate through the walls, lights flicker in the derelict building that looms over the yard, a shadow passes on the stairs . . . Jane meets a neighbour's daughter, a girl whose life she tries to mend, but her involvement only further isolates her. Alone and haunted, Jane fears the worst . . . but the worst is yet to come.Louise Welsh, the acclaimed author of The Cutting Room, delivers another masterful suspense novel. The Girl on the Stairs is a powerful psychological thriller packed with twists and turns to keep you reading well into the night. Read it, or be left in the dark.

What Welsh knows...is that no supernatural manifestation of our darkest hours is any match for what real human beings can do to each other.

The Guardian

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Interview with Louise Welsh

About the inspiration behind THE GIRL ON THE STAIRS

Who's Real?

The Girl on the Stairs Stunt

13Apr
Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DN

Louise Welsh at Aye Write Festival

4:30pm
Come and meet Louise Welsh
14Apr
Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity Street, Cambridge, CB2 1TQ

Louise Welsh event at Cambridge Wordfest

4:00pm
Come and see Louise Welsh and Christobel Kent, introduced by Rowan Pelling
20Apr
The Elphinstone Hotel, 145 High Street, Biggar, ML12 6DL

Louise Welsh Literary Lunch with Atkinson Pryce Bookshop at The Elphinstone Hotel, Biggar

12:30pm
Come and meet Louise Welsh
25Apr
66 Marchmont Street, London, WC1N 1AB

Louise Welsh London event with Gay's the Word

7:00pm
Come and meet Louise Welsh
27Apr
The Legacy Falcon Hotel, Chapel Street, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 6HA

Louise Welsh Writing Workshop at Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival

10:00am - 3:00pm
Come and meet Louise Welsh
28Apr
Queen's Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS

Louise Welsh at Hexham Book Festival

10:30am - 4:00pm
Come and meet Louise Welsh