Book Reading

Gay’s the Word bookshop is delighted to welcome Louise Welsh, acclaimed author of The Cutting Room, The Bullet Trick and Tamburlaine Must Die. Join us as we celebrate the paperback release of her latest book, a stylish and intense Berlin-set thriller.
Louise Welsh delivers another masterful suspense novel. The Girl on the Stairs is a powerful psychological thriller packed with twists and turns.
Jane Logan is a stranger to Berlin and she finds the city alive and echoing with the ghosts of its turbulent past. At six months pregnant, she’s instructed by her partner Petra to rest and enjoy her new life in Germany. But while Petra is out at work, Jane begins to feel uneasy in their chic apartment. Screams reverberate through the walls, lights flicker in the derelict building that looms over the yard, a shadow passes on the stairs…
Jane meets a neighbour’s daughter, a girl whose life she tries to mend, but her involvement only further isolates her. Alone and haunted, Jane fears the worst… but the worst is yet to come.
‘Louise Welsh’s taut new novel at times feels like a potent cross between The Yellow Wallpaper and Rear Window . . . Welsh expertly conveys the escalation of Jane’s suspicions to something approaching obsession’ – Observer
‘The Girl on the Stairs is crisply written and tightly constructed, gaining much of its considerable impact by its economy. Welsh is a novelist who straddles the shadowy borderline between crime and literary fiction. Here, she subverts and updates the convention of the romantic thriller while retaining the genre’s central premise…the result is powerful, impressive and as black as sin’ – The Spectator

Thursday April 25th at 7pm 
Venue: Gay’s the Word bookshop, 66 Marchmont Street London WC1N 1AB
Details: Book event entry FREE, with complimentary refreshments provided at the reading.
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