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Louise Welsh is an author
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 of short stories
Short story
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 and novel
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s, based in Glasgow
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, Scotland
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Welsh studied History
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 at Glasgow University and traded in second-hand books for several years before publishing her first novel.

Louise Welsh's debut novel
Debut novel
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 The Cutting Room
The Cutting Room (book)
The Cutting Room is the debut novel of Scottish author Louise Welsh. The book was first published in 2002 by Edinburgh-based publisher Canongate...

(2002) was nominated for several literary awards including the 2003 Orange Prize for Fiction
Orange Prize for Fiction
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. It won the Crime Writers' Association
Crime Writers' Association
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 Creasey Dagger
CWA New Blood Dagger
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 for the best first crime novel.

Welsh's second major work, the novella
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 Tamburlaine Must Die
Tamburlaine Must Die
Tamburlaine Must Die is a novella written by Louise Welsh, which imagines the last days of Christopher Marlowe's life in 1593. The novella was published in 2004 by Canongate Books...

(2004), fictionally recounts the last few days in the life of 16th-century English dramatist (see Tamburlaine
Tamburlaine (play)
Tamburlaine the Great is the name of a play in two parts by Christopher Marlowe. It is loosely based on the life of the Central Asian emperor, Timur 'the lame'...

and poet Christopher Marlowe
Christopher Marlowe
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Her third novel, The Bullet Trick (2006), is set in Berlin
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, London
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 and Glasgow
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 and narrated from the perspective of magician and conjurer William Wilson.

Her fourth novel, Naming the Bones, was published by Canongate Books in March 2010.

In 2009, she donated the short story "The Night Highway" to Oxfam's 'Ox-Tales
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' project, four collections of UK stories written by 38 authors. Her story was published in the 'Air' collection.

As of December 2010, she is the Writer in Residence at Glasgow University and Glasgow School of Art.

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