Skagboys by Irvine Welsh

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...then things go slack and you can sense Welsh's concentration wandering.
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Prequel to the best-selling phenomenon Trainspotting, this exhilarating and moving novel shows how Welsh’s colorful miscreants first went wrong.


Mark Renton’s life seems to be on track: university, pretty girlfriend, even social success. But, in this prequel to Trainspotting, after the death of his younger brother, Rent falls apart and starts hanging around with his old pals, including Sick Boy, Spud, and Begbie, and being drawn irresistibly into their wacked-out plans.

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.

 

About Irvine Welsh

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Irvine Welsh is the author of Trainspotting, Ecstacy, Filth (soon to be a major motion picture), Glue, Porno, and Crime, among other works. Welsh is also producing movies and writing screenplays. A native of Edinburgh, he lives in Chicago and Miami.
 
Published September 17, 2012 by W. W. Norton & Company. 543 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Steve Almond on Oct 05 2012

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.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Bella Bathurst on Apr 14 2012

...then things go slack and you can sense Welsh's concentration wandering.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Theo Tait on Apr 11 2012

Skagboys is...just too long: it essentially goes over the same ground as Trainspotting, yet it's about three times the size.

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Globe and Mail

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Reviewed by Don Gillmor on Jun 08 2012

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.

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