The Cutting Room

The Cutting Room When Rilke a dissolute and promiscuous auctioneer comes upon a hidden collection of seemingly violent photographs he feels compelled to unearth about the deceased owner who coveted them What follow

  • Title: The Cutting Room
  • Author: Louise Welsh
  • ISBN: 9781841954042
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Rilke, a dissolute and promiscuous auctioneer, comes upon a hidden collection of seemingly violent photographs, he feels compelled to unearth about the deceased owner who coveted them What follows is a compulsive journey of discovery, decadence, and deviousness that leads Rilke into a dark underworld of transvestite clubs, seedy bars, and porn shops In this hidWhen Rilke, a dissolute and promiscuous auctioneer, comes upon a hidden collection of seemingly violent photographs, he feels compelled to unearth about the deceased owner who coveted them What follows is a compulsive journey of discovery, decadence, and deviousness that leads Rilke into a dark underworld of transvestite clubs, seedy bars, and porn shops In this hidden city haunted by a host of vividly drawn characters, Rilke comes face to face with the dark desires and illicit urges that lurk behind even the most respectable facades.

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  • Louise Welsh

    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.Her second book, Tamburlaine Must Die, a novelette written around the final three days of the poet Christopher Marlowe s life, was published in 2004 Her third novel, The Bullet Trick 2006 , is a present day murder mystery set in Berlin.The Cutting Room 2002Tamburlaine Must Die 2004The Bullet Trick 2006Naming The Bones 2010Prizes and awards2002 Crime Writers Association John Creasey Memorial Dagger The Cutting Room2002 Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award joint winner The Cutting Room2003 BBC Underground Award writer category The Cutting Room2003 Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Award2004 Corine Internationaler Buchpreis Rolf Heyne Debutpreis Germany The Cutting Room2004 Scotland on Sunday Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award2004 Stonewall Book Award US honor in literature

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  • Cross-posted at Outlaw Reviews and at Shelf Inflicted Rilke is a gay auctioneer in his 40’s, who enjoys drinking, smoking, and casual sex. While clearing out the house of his latest client, an elderly woman, he comes across a collection of erotic books and photos that belonged to her deceased brother. She doesn’t want to see any of it and asks that he destroy everything in his private study. Instead of honoring her request, he wishes to learn more about the disturbing images of a woman that [...]


  • Exemplaryd UnconventionalThis is Louise Welsh's first novel, and the second of hers that I've read (having read the first two in reverse order).It's an exemplary crime novel, although the fact that it complies with many or most of the conventions of the crime genre is almost incidental to its design and appeal.It's very capable literary fiction that happens to be set in the context of a criminal enterprise that is brought or almost brought undone by the narrator.Authorial GenderThere are at leas [...]


  • I loved Louise Welsh’s historical novella, Tamburlaine Must Die, but I found this thriller set in the seedy world of Glaswegian antiques dealerships distinctly un-thrilling.Right from the start, I wanted to get out my red pen and start correcting The Cutting Room. It’s not the typos that bother me – although they’re there – it’s the way that the novel’s mystery (about ‘snuff’ pornography) fails to mesh with its milieu and cast of characters. Welsh seems far more interested in w [...]


  • I really, really liked this one. A Gothic noir set in Glasgow amidst the underbelly of the rare books/antiquities trade? Sign me up. While the "mystery" here isn't the standard whodunit spectacular, to paraphrase a minor character: it's what you find along the way that's important. And in the case of this book, that bit of greeting-card New Agery is spot on. I can't remember the last time I read a crime novel in which I was so taken by the characters. Usually, the plot drives and everything else [...]


  • Ooh this was so very dark and twisty, I loved it!This crime novel takes place in Glasgow Scotland and is a brilliant debut novel.Not so much a "who dunnit" but close enough. The intricate web of mystery that the author weaves leaves you powering through chapters to uncover the truth.So long as you don't mind the odd rather descriptive account of 2 men having hardcore anal sex, plus the odd typo throughout the book, then you'd be hard pressed not to love this book in all of its Glaswegian grime!


  • Obsessions are dangerous, yet they are also so human. They drive the most amazing and visionary projects—and fuel the darkest, most horrible passions. Obsessions play a fundamental role in The Cutting Room, both in the actions of the dead antagonist and in Rilke, the protagonist and auctioneer who stumbles across snuff photographs while processing an estate and begins to wonder if they are real.I'll call this a mystery, because it is, but it's not the typical formula mystery of a professional [...]


  • THE CUTTING ROOM is Louise Welsh's debut novel, published for the first time by Text Publishing in Australia in 2006.Rilke's not exactly the archetypal hero accidental investigator. He's in his 40's; his personal hygiene is a bit offhand; he's an auctioneer for one of Glasgow's less than salubrious auction houses and he's gay with a taste for anonymous sexual encounters anywhere, anytime.When summoned by Miss McKindless to her recently deceased brother's home, stuffed full with antiques, the lik [...]


  • Four stars, extremely happily given - excellent work, Louise Welsh. Masterful prose. A much needed LGBT-heavy addition to the usually pallor/bald-patch/ex-wife Rebus-alike characters. A very good mystery - not the one I was expecting to solve, and I didn't see the last two or three chapters coming at all. Good interplay between police and non-police. I really enjoyed this. More of you, please, Louise Welsh. What a great find.(Warning to the wise - porn, everywhere. Well-written sex scene. But a [...]


  • I picked up this book in Scotland a couple years ago, before it was available in the US, and loved it! It's got everything I enjoy in a bleak, embittered European crime novel, starting with a seedy but sophisticated gay auctioneer named Rilke — who manages to get himself involved in all sorts of shady and dangerous shenanigans.Welsh writes with brio (as well as demonstrating an alarming insight into the raw mechanics of rough trade). The prose is edgy, laced with humor and poison.Also highly r [...]


  • Astonishing, intelligent and very dark. I had heard that Welsh's first novel had some quite dsturbing themes and scenes and this proved true.The text is sprinkled with literary references. I found the narrator quite a complex character and also enjoyed Rose very much.Agree with 'The Times' that is a stunning work though not perhaps to everyone's tastes. I read it in a single sitting.



  • I found this in my daughter's room and as I was between books I figured why not. The blurbs made it sound very literary, but I don't agree. It wasn't that well written in my opinion. At the end a minor character is revealed to be another person from earlier in the book, which might have been worked great if that person had made any impression on the reader when he was encountered first off. A missed opportunity. I don't know. I thought the plot wasn't all that well put together and I found a lot [...]


  • So my dad gave me this book while we were on vacation. He had raved about it beforehand, and insisted that I read it while we were there so he could see my reaction. I knew I was in for it, because generally our literary tastes don't overlap that much, but the stuff he recommends is almost always interesting, at least, and I'm usually game for trying anythingFirst off, there's a couple unusual things in this book that may be somewhat offputting, but also make it kind of stand out. First would be [...]


  • Louise Welsh, The Cutting Room (Canongate, 2002)This is one of those books where the reader who isn't an insider is going to enjoy it, but the person who knows is going to get far more out of it. Another in the seemingly endless list of British mystery authors turning out stunning debut novels is Louise Welsh, who introduces us to homosexual auctioneer Rilke (no first name, at least not that I caught), whose auction house is offered a job clearing out the estate of a dead man, with one caveat: t [...]


  • There's something about rummaging through an elderly person's effects that attracts me. As does an explicit gay sex scene. If this doesn't grab you, The Cutting Room probably isn't your cup of tea.Rilke, hired to auction the contents of a massive home in a once wealthy region Glasgow, comes across articles that require his discretion. A selection of impossible to find period pornographic novels, a ivory carving depicting sex and death, and photographs of torturous sexual acts. Fetish much? (So n [...]


  • Louise Welsh displays a tremendous turn of phrase in the self-consciously literary detective novel The Cutting Room. A novel that is as sexually hardboiled as crime fiction gets, graphic images of sex and death abound, but, crucially, to go along with her ripe descriptive terminology she has created a novel that is character led, always amusing and gothic in its perverse, decadent approach to both language and content. It is a novel steeped in personal moral corruption, but it is never a chore t [...]


  • I found this a strange book, intriguing in parts, but very uneven. Written in the first person, it gives us a good insight into the mind of the protagonist, Rilke, but the other characters are more sparsely defined. The premise is intriguing - Rilke, an auctioneer, is called in to clear the house of a recently deceased man. His sister insists that it must be done very quickly. In the locked attic, he finds a mass of erotica and some photographs suggestive of a long-ago murder, and decides to inv [...]


  • This is a very good book. The uniformly excellent writing transcends the usual standards of the genre. Most of the characters are vividly and realistically portrayed. The main character, Rilke, is an antique auctioneer in Glasgow. Other characters, for example Mrs. McKindless, Rose (Rilke's boss), or Les (a drug dealer) come through like real people as well."Cutting Room" is, at once, much more and much less than a mystery novel/crime drama. More, because it is so much better written than 95% of [...]


  • I originally got the book on tape for this because someone told me it was about 6 hours of Robert Carlyle talking and I could listen to that guy read cooking recipes for six hours if that existed. I actually ended up liking this book enough that I bought a paperback copy also.The narration is wonderful. The main character Rilke has a very blunt, sometimes morbid, way of describing everything that works with the plot and setting. Even though Rilke is the narrator and protagonist, I'm not sure if [...]


  • I very much enjoyed The Girl on the Stairs by Welsh, and had earmarked her debut novel, The Cutting Room, to read as part of my Reading Scotland Project for 2017. I must admit that I was a little disappointed with it. It has won a lot of prizes since its publication, but I didn't find it anywhere near as gripping as the aforementioned. Whilst the story was relatively interesting, I did find several of the scenes and conversations rather dull. It was certainly bizarrely characterised too; it is a [...]


  • I picked this book up because it was based in Glasgow. That said, all of the Glaswegian dialect seemed stilted--I could have written it and I'm not Scottish. I liked the fact that the protagonist was a gay man, something that you don't see often in this genre. But the entire book was trying very hard and didn't succeed. The mystery's story line made no sense. Why did Rilke go around trying to solve the mystery before actually opening the rest of the boxes in the attic? Mainly because the author [...]


  • I listened to the audio recording of this read by Robert Carlyle and I can safely say that his reading was the most worthwhile thing about this book for me. The story itself had a lot of potential and the tension just kept being stretched and stretched until finally it broke just through fatigue and lack of resolution. I had lost interest in the plot long before the mystery was solved. It was very very dark and I was expecting some fantastic dark conclusion but was very disappointed. Still, it w [...]


  • This is NOT for everyone -- it is dark, nearly pornographic, and utterly depraved. But it is superbly written, and the plot is as compelling as the characters that drag the reader to a chilling denouement.


  • Interesting material but not well written. The dialogue is forced and trite and the rhythm is off (particularly the history asides that come in the thick of action).



  • Very well written. Kind of gross at some points. Kind of slow build-up. Excellent conclusion. I really liked the testimony at the end. It discusses an important issue in our society.


  • 3.5 stars.Welsh does a fine job of making Rilke feel realistically flawed, and you can't fault her for the gritty Glasgow feel of things and the seedy world that her protagonist braves after his attic discovery.Without spoiling things too much for other readers, what disappointed me was that this whole mystery might have been solved a lot earlier, and more satisfyingly. Rilke repeatedly turns away from the opportunity to do so, and in the end emerges without more than a dissatisfied grumble from [...]


  • Another woman writing an amazing gay character. Forget your (so called) top tier gay authors, Welsh writes the gay male experience better then they do. And it's a rather brilliant mystery as well.On my list to follow up.A favorite line from the book:"You have to learn to pace yourself when you have all the time in the world."For further academic credit, peruse the low rating comments. I've always said that as long as straight people have a revulsion to gay sex, our human rights are at risk. Need [...]


  • This is a dark, little number. Louise Welsh is a terrific writer, not giving short shrift to her remarkable powers of observation, and her ability to describe what she sees (if only in her imagination). This is the underbelly of Glasgow where auctioneering and pornography collide, and human trafficking is fueled by white privilege. We get everything from detailed descriptions of illegal assignations in the park, to the psycho-battles that occur between rival antiques dealers. While solving the m [...]


  • Chilling, poetic in places, and a rollicking read where I couldn't find a single character to like and it didn't matter. Louise Welsh takes you to Glasgow's underbelly, to places you would never actually want to visit.


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