Prequel to the best-selling phenomenon Trainspotting, this exhilarating and moving novel shows how Welsh’s colorful miscreants first went wrong.
Set against 1980s Thatcher-era Edinburgh—with its high unemployment, low expectations, and hard-to-come-by money and drugs?Irvine Welsh’s colorful crew lunges from one darkly hilarious misadventure to the next. Gritty, moving, and exhilarating, Skagboys paints their dizzying downward spiral with scabrous humor and raw language.
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Welsh clearly wanted to write a book that looked beyond the squalid terrain of drug dens...But because so much of it takes place within the minds of addicts programmed to pursue sensation, the story feels cramped and spiritually bereft.Read Full Review of Skagboys | See more reviews from NY Times
Unrelievedly colloquial novels are an act of bravery in today’s ruthless market, and it was a feat for Welsh to take a squalid subject delivered in dialect and make it so compelling that the world clamoured at his door.Read Full Review of Skagboys | See more reviews from Globe and Mail
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