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  • Published: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407018263
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448

The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs




'An exquisitely paced black comedy. It has clever and funny things to say. There was a rumour that Porno was to be Welsh's last book. You'll be glad it wasn't' Evening Standard

At Edinburgh's Department of Environmental Health, hard-drinking, womanising officer Danny Skinner wants to uncover secrets: 'the bedroom secrets of the master chefs', secrets he believes might just help him understand his self-destructive impulses. But the arrival of the virginal, model-railway enthusiast Brian Kibby at the department provokes an uncharacteristic response in Skinner, and threatens to throw his mission off course. Consumed by loathing for his nemesis, Skinner enacts a curse, and when Kibby contracts a horrific and debilitating mystery virus, Skinner understands that their destinies are supernaturally bound, and he is faced with a terrible dilemma.

  • Published: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407018263
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448

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Irvine Welsh

Irvine Welsh is the author of eleven previous novels and four books of shorter fiction. He currently lives in Chicago.

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Praise for The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs

Irvine Welsh is in a class of his own...[his books have] a seething life in them that rivets attention and an inventiveness with story and language that continually amuses and amazes

Guardian

The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs is Welsh back on cracking, page-turning, stomach-churning, gut-busting form. You'll whiz through it, in a good way

Independent

A beautifully controlled novel

Literary Review

An outrageous and exhilarating foul-mouthed book

Sunday Times

Flickers with the dynamism, black humour and imaginative bravado that is Welsh at his best

Financial Times

Irvine Welsh's novel is...a powerful and intelligent fable about human emotions and behaviour

Sunday Telegraph

It is an exquisitely paced black comedy. It has clever and funny things to say. There was a rumour that Welsh's last novel, Porno was to be his last. You'll be glad it wasn't

Evening Standard

Rattles along with impressive energy

Daily Telegraph

The great liberation of Welsh's writing is it's ability to capture the lust for freedom...the most touching and beautiful of his writings...if her carries on like this he'll start dragging the place [Scotland] back to the bloody enlightenment

Independent

This is Welsh's tightest narrative structure in some time, and a pleasing change of pace after his previous two novels...a carefully considered blend of three-dimensional realism and expertly judged modern gothic horror. Welsh is such a convincing writer that you never doubt his plot for a moment

Literary Review

This transitional phase in his life is has been mirrored by a new direction in Welsh's writing as evinced by this new book, The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs. The novel is less visceral than his past work and is more in dialogue with Celtic writers such a Oscar Wilde than it is music, the form he has long claimed his inspiration

GQ

This, his eighth work of fiction since Trainspotting, has all the ingredients of his earlier success. I found it funny, dark and readable, showing the author on good form

The Times

Vintage Welsh: Brilliant, graphic, with frequent forays into the grotesque

Sunday Tribune

Welsh gives more than a passing nod to Dorian Gray in this latest outing...in a supernatural twist Welsh unleahes his usual irresistible mayhem

Herald

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