The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs
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.
“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”
“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
“Flickers with the dynamism, black humour and imaginative bravado that is Welsh at his best”
- Financial Times
“An outrageous and exhilarating foul-mouthed book”
- Sunday Times
“Vintage Welsh: Brilliant, graphic, with frequent forays into the grotesque”
- Sunday Tribune
"I sort of discovered last week in America, that I really like this book very much. I was over in the USA to promote it on the tour, and I was gobsmacked as to how powerful it sounded and how well it went down, a year on. After the hardback tour, the paperback tour is usually 'sloppy seconds' - you're fed up with the book by then. In this case though, I was finding a lot in Bedroom Secrets, and having great fun with it. So I now think it's one of the best I've done so far, although I'm pretty biased."