I'm taking notes for future reading.

Here's one I came across recently: Louise Welsh's The Cutting Room, Glasgow
antiques auctioneer as detective. Dialect restricted to a few lines of
dialogue, but nice location woek, though I no nothing beyond it about
Glasgow's sexual underground.

On late night tv I caught a strange film about University of Glasgow grad
students rooming together in a dilapidated apartment who go bonkers and
start doing each other in. Must be 15 years old. I should have written the
title down. Ant lights go on?


At 08:41 AM 5/16/2005, you wrote:
> > Yes, I've read two of Brookmyre's novels - A Big Boy Did It and Ran
> > Away - which would have to be one of the best title's ever and a jolly
> > good read (though I read it sometime in late September 2001 which made
> > me do a wee bit of a double take) - and The Secret Art of Stealing,
> > which I enjoyed as well but thought it went a bit 'soft' somewhere
> > along the line.
>Tut, tut, Jill (typical bloody woman, he muttered under his breath, misquote
>at the drop of a handbag), it's +The Sacred [sic] Art of Stealing+ <g>.
>It was the first I read, and I'd agree with you that it goes a bit soggy,
>though I find the beginning quite hysterically funny.  And you're right,
>that is set in Glasgow -- specifically begins with a bank job in Argyle
>Street.  The Glasgow-Pakistani policewoman heroine (and I seem to have
>misplaced my copy for the moment and I can never remember her name) occurs
>in Big Boy as well (and I think in one other novel, not sure on this
>though), so you're right on this, both these are Glasgow.
>The Edinburgh ones feature the journalist Jack Parlabane.
> > To my completely uneducated ear they both seemed and claimed to be
> > Glaswegian and The Secret Art ... told me all I needed to know, and
> > quite a bit more, about the Celtic v Rangers thing.
><g>  That wee polis girl does tend to go on about the Old Firm, doesn't she?
> > Doesn't Brookmyre live, or once live in Aberdeen? D'you think that
> > might explain something? Some of my lot did originally come from there,
> > so I hope that's not stretching the noiceness too far.
>I know he worked as a journalist in both Glasgow and Edinburgh, but you
>might be right about the Aberdeen connection.
>His homesite is here:
>Anyone who wants a sense of what Jill and I are on about without actually
>going out to buy a book might check this:
>(It's the first of the Parlabane Stories, Jill, and also sort-of a seed for
>The Whatsit of Stealing.)
>Then there's Ian Rankin and the Rebus novels, and those certainly *are*
>Edinburgh -- lots of detail about the city, and linguisticaly light, not