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The Blade Artist

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The most terrifying character in Trainspotting returns u with his own novel

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Irvine Welsh is the author of ten previous novels and four books of shorter fiction. He currently lives in Chicago.


"Back to his violent best... Dark, gruesome and captivating." -- Sam Parker * Esquire *
"It's a thriller in the mode of Tarantino making war films or westerns; hiding grand themes within genre." -- Alan Bett * Skinny *
"Intense, electrifying... Welsh has delivered a tremendously entertaining book - a whodunit, a thriller, and a probing character study - that's obsessed with conflict, both physical and mental... A surprisingly poignant, evocative read - highly recommended." * Mr Hyde *
"In a year when filming begins on Danny Boyle's sequel of sorts to Trainspotting, it seems perfect timing to revisit its most visceral force." * Skinny *
"[Begbie's] intelligence and instinct make him compelling, and Welsh keep the plot roaring along... This is a dark, guilty pleasure and written with - it seems to me - the cinema screen in mind." -- Kate Muir * The Times *
"Welsh's ear for dialect is superb, and the opportunity to observe Edinburgh's dark underbelly from the perspective of someone used to a gentler lifestyle far away leads to shrewd cultural insights." * Mail on Sunday *
"While Welsh's sense of humour is never far from the surface of his writings...this is very much a work of dark crime fiction rather than comedy or social satire with a touch of James Ellroy." -- Hannah McGill * Scotsman *
"The Blade Artist is lean...clever and propulsive. The shorter length concentrates Welsh's energy... There is a reason people still read him." -- Orlando Bird * Daily Telegraph *
"No one writes about violence and class with such wit and insight as Welsh. He's a social satirist of the highest order and, with its themes of vengeance and redemption, this is a deceptively comic book with a very dark heart." * Metro *
"Welsh may be a reformed character but he's still got it, and The Blade Artist is fab." -- Katy Guest * Independent on Sunday *
"Fans are in for a treat" * UK Press Syndication *
"This Ultra-violent but curiously redemptive new novel is both elegant and electrifying." * Glasgow West End *
"An ultra-violent odyssey through the darkest recesses of urban life." * Hot Press *
"Fast and fizzing, compulsively readable." * Sunday Mirror *
"Horribly enjoyable" * Mail on Sunday *

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