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The Blade Artist - Irvine Welsh

The Blade Artist - Irvine Welsh

Title: The Blade Artist

Author:  Irvine Welsh

ISBN:  9780224102155

Weight:  759g

Signed first edition, first printing



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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.

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.

Peer & Press Reviews

It’s a thriller in the mode of Tarantino making war films or westerns; hiding grand themes within genre.

Alan Bett, The Skinny

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.

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Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: The Blade Artist
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Edition features: As the book’s jacket has a super matt finish, we don’t advise removing the ‘Signed by the author’ sticker on its front (see image) as this could result in a flaw known as Sticker Ghost.
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Imprint: Jonathan Cape
Awards and prizes: Saltire Society Literary Awards 2016 – shortlist (Fiction Book of the Year)
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9780224102155
ISBN 10: 022410215X
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 273
Size (h x w x d): 241 x 161 x 28mm
Design Credits
Author photograph: Steve Double
Jacket photography: Sam Barker

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