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Meet Louise Welshwelch

reading from her latest psychological thriller The Girl on the Stairs

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.

Please RSVP on Gay’s the Word Facebook Events page or just turn up!


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 Spectato

Meet Rosie Garland rosie

reading from her brilliant debut novel The Palace of Curiosities

“a jewel-box of a novel” – Sarah Waters

Thursday May 9th at 7pm

Venue: Gay’s the Word bookshop, 66 Marchmont Street London WC1N 1AB

Details: Book event entry £2, with complimentary refreshments provided at the reading. Please RSVP on Gay’s the Word Facebook Events page (or just turn up!)


Gay’s the Word bookshop is delighted to host this event celebrating publication of The Palace of Curiosities, the incredible début novel from Rosie Garland (aka performer Rosie Lugosi). 

“The Palace of Curiosities is a jewel-box of a novel, with page after page, scene after scene, layer after layer of treats and surprises. Garland is a real literary talent.” Sarah Waters

Set in Victorian London, this luminous and bewitching debut is a profound love story lurking in the boundaries of what is perceived as human…

More info:

Before Eve is conceived, her mother goes to the circus. She buys a penny twist of coloured sugar and settles down to watch the heart-stopping main attraction: a lion, billed as a monster from the savage heart of Africa, forged in the heat of a merciless sun. Mama swears she hears the lion sigh, just before it leaps…and when Eve is born, the story goes, she didn’t cry – she meowed and licked her paws.

When Abel is pulled from the stinking Thames, the mudlarks are sure he is long dead. As they search his pockets to divvy up the treasure, his eyes crack open and he coughs up a stream of black water. But how has he survived a week in that thick stew of human waste?

Cast out by Victorian society, Eve and Abel find succour from an unlikely source. They soar to fame as The Lion Faced Girl and The Flayed Man, star performers in Professor Josiah Arroner’s Palace of Curiosities. And there begins a journey that will entwine their fates forever.

Event Entry £2 – complimentary refreshments

About the author:

Born in London to a runaway teenager, Rosie has always been a cuckoo in the nest. She is an eclectic writer and performer, ranging from singing in Goth band The March Violets through touring with the Subversive Stitch exhibition in the 90s, to her current incarnation as cabaret chanteuse, incomparable compere and electrifying poet. She has published five solo collections of poetry and her award-winning short stories, poems and essays have been widely anthologized. Rosie won the inaugural Mslexia Novel Competition in 2012, and The Palace of Curiosities is her debut novel.

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