Ecstasy by Irvine Welsh

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From the celebrated author of the bestselling cult classic Trainspotting, a new work of fiction that triumphantly puts the E back in Eros.

With three delightful tales of love and its ups and downs, the ever-surprising Irvine Welsh virtually invents a new genre of fiction: the chemical romance .

In "Lorraine Goes to Livingston," a bestselling authoress of Regency romances, paralyzed and bedridden, plans her revenge on gambling, whoring husband with the aid of her nurse Lorraine. In "Fortune's Always Hiding," flawed beauty Samantha Worthington enlists a smitten young soccer thug to find the man who marketed the drug that crippled her from birth—in order to give his a taste of his own disastrous medicine. In the upbeat final tale "The Undefeated," we experience the transfiguring passion of the miserably married young yuppie Heather and the raver Lloyd from Leith—a grand affair played out to a house music beat.

As these fools for love pursue it in all the wrong places, Ecstasy is guaranteed to set pulses racing and hearts aflutter.

About Irvine Welsh

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Irvine Welsh was born in Edinburgh on September 27, 1958. After leaving school, he lived in London for awhile, but eventually returned to Edinburgh where he worked for the city council in the housing department. He received a degree in computer science and studied for an MBA at Heriot Watt University. His first novel, Trainspotting, was published in 1993 and was adapted as a film starring Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle in 1996. He became a full-time writer in August 1995. His other works include The Acid House (1994), Marabou Stork Nightmares (1995), Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance (1996), Filth (1998), Glue (2001), and Porno (2002). He also wrote the plays Headstate (1994) and You'll Have Had Your Hole (1998).
Published August 17, 1996 by W. W. Norton & Company. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels, Horror. Fiction

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The Guardian

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Irvine Welsh has taken to referring to himself as a 'cultural activist' rather than as a writer.

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Publishers Weekly

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The ecstasy involved in rave-writer Welsh's three novellas at first may seem exclusively the chemical kind (""e,"" ""ecky,"" ""MDMA"") downed at Dionysian dance parties by alienated post-Thatcher youth and nearly every character here.

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The film starts off promisingly with the wonderfully cheeky and unworried Lloyd’s little trip to Amsterdam in service of the thuggish drug dealer Solo (Carlo Rota, whom you might remember from Little Mosque on the Prairie.) It looks like the film may be about to explore fairly safe no-honour-amon...

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Entertainment Weekly

That's because the first two unevenly witty tales — ''Lorraine Goes to Livingston,'' about a romance novelist who gets revenge on her porn-addicted husband by writing raunch, and ''Fortune's Always Hiding,'' which chronicles the battle waged by two armless victims of Tenazadrine, a drug that...

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The Telegraph

The spectre of Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting looms so large on the British film landscape, you might think other adaptations of Irvine Welsh’s work would do their best to minimise any grounds for direct comparison.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

One of the themes of the story is that ecstasy the pill is not the same as the ecstasy of love, but that becomes hard to distinguish, especially for Lloyd, who is never straight.

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Here is where Lloyd meets Heather, his potentially redemptive love, played by Kristin Kreuk (TV's Beauty and the Beast), a Toronto ex-pat considering separation from her contentious Scottish husband, played by Dean McDermott (Tori and Dean) .

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Time Out New York

The main difference is a more central love story, as Adam Sinclair’s Lloyd – a sometime drug smuggler whose addiction issues are complicated by his serious debt to his scary employer – falls for Canadian housewife Heather (Kristin Kreuk), who’s been dabbling in the club scene to forget her dysfun...

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Sixteen years after "Trainspotting" pushed Scottish author Irvine Welsh, helmer Danny Boyle and star Ewan McGregor into the international spotlight, feature debutant Rob Heydon tries for similar success with "Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy," an adaptation of Irvine's 1996 book "Ecstasy: Three Stories of ...

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