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The Blade Artist by Irvine Welsh
  

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The Blade Artist is an elegant, electrifying novel - ultra violent but curiously redemptive - and it marks the return of one of modern fiction's most infamous, terrifying characters, the incendiary Francis Begbie from Trainspotting.

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Synopsis

The Blade Artist by Irvine Welsh

Jim Francis has finally found the perfect life - and is now unrecognisable, even to himself. A successful painter and sculptor, he lives quietly with his wife, Melanie, and their two young daughters, in an affluent beach town in California. Some say he's a fake and a con man, while others see him as a genuine visionary. But Francis has a very dark past, with another identity and a very different set of values. When he crosses the Atlantic to his native Scotland, for the funeral of a murdered son he barely knew, his old Edinburgh community expects him to take bloody revenge. But as he confronts his previous life, all those friends and enemies - and, most alarmingly, his former self - Francis seems to have other ideas. When Melanie discovers something gruesome in California, which indicates that her husband's violent past might also be his psychotic present, things start to go very bad, very quickly.


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Reviews

'This has the makings of 'peak Welsh': funny, filthy, literary smack.' Sam Parker Esquire

'An ultra-violent odyssey through the darkest recesses of urban life.' Hot Press

About the Author

Irvine Welsh

Irvine Welsh is the author of eight works of fiction including Trainspotting, Porno, Glue and The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs. He lives in Dublin.

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Book Info

Publication date

7th April 2016

Author

Irvine Welsh

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Author's Website

www.irvinewelsh.net/

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Publisher

Jonathan Cape Ltd an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK

Format

Hardback
288 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780224102155

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