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Steve Lindbridge

This extract from the novel "A Lovely Way to Burn" by Louise Welsh is presented as part of the UK-Russia Year of language and Literature 2016's New writing from the UK: a competition for Russian translators of English

The translation is made by Alla Burtseva (Moscow).

Louise Welsh "A Lovely Way to Burn" (2015) 

Genre: Fiction – Dystopian thriller
Publisher: John Murray/ Hachette
Awards: John Creasey Memorial Dagger, Saltaire First Book Award (The Cutting  Room, 2002); Glenfiddich/ Scotland on Sunday Spirit of Scotland Writing Award

It doesn't look like murder in a city full of death. A pandemic called 'The Sweats' is sweeping the globe. London is a city in crisis. Hospitals begin to fill with the dead and dying, but Stevie Flint is convinced that the sudden death of her boyfriend Dr Simon Sharkey was not from natural causes. As roads out of London become gridlocked with people fleeing infection, Stevie's search for Simon's killers takes her in the opposite direction, into the depths of the dying city and a race with death.

A Lovely Way to Burn is the first outbreak in the Plague Times trilogy. Chilling, tense and completely compelling, it's Louise Welsh writing at the height of her powers.