Dem bones, dem bones

23 06 2011

Naming the Bones by Louise Welsh

SOME SECRETS ARE BEST LEFT BURIED. 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 in university libraries researching the lives of writers seems a world away, and yet it is because of the mysterious writer, 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.

Terrific yarn this, extremely readable and very well written but really just a bit bonkers at the end. And the representation of academic life didn’t quite ring true. Well worth a read though.

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