Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh

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Trainspotting is the novel that first launched Irvine Welsh's spectacular career—an authentic, unrelenting, and strangely exhilarating episodic group portrait of blasted lives.


It accomplished for its own time and place what Hubert Selby, Jr.'s Last Exit to Brooklyn did for his. Rents, Sick Boy, Mother Superior, Swanney, Spuds, and Seeker are as unforgettable a clutch of junkies, rude boys, and psychos as readers will ever encounter. Trainspotting was made into the 1996 cult film starring Ewan MacGregor and directed by Danny Boyle (Shallow Grave).
 

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 June 17, 1996 by W. W. Norton & Company. 364 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Travel, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Arts & Photography. Fiction

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The Guardian

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At this month's Guardian book club we heard more uses of the two worst four-letter words in the English language than at all the previous book clubs combined.

Jun 21 2008 | Read Full Review of Trainspotting

The Guardian

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It is unfair to say so, but the shadow of James Kelman lies over Irvine Welsh 's first novel.

Aug 15 1993 | Read Full Review of Trainspotting

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I don't know how many languages it's been translated into or how much it has sold worldwide, but it has cast a big shadow and I've resigned myself to being called "Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh" for the rest of my life, even though I've written better books and will hopefully continue to do so.

Jun 14 2008 | Read Full Review of Trainspotting

The Independent

The real nastiness of the book, or the aspect that should make most people uncomfortable, is its depiction of the gulf that exists between the working class and most of the people reading this newspaper.

Aug 29 1993 | Read Full Review of Trainspotting

The Sydney Morning Herald

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Chicago Tribune

The Boyle movie was inspired by a stage adaptation by Harry Gibson, which is also the basis of Tom Mullen's new version (or, if you like, re-adaptation), "Trainspotting USA," now on stage at Theater Wit in a modestly scaled six-actor, unit-set commercial production.

Oct 20 2012 | Read Full Review of Trainspotting

Time Out Chicago

Now a Chicagoan, Welsh worked with theater director Tom Mullen to reset his tale in the Midwest U.S. (The pair worked from a previous stage adaptation by playwright Harry Gibson.) Mullen’s new production is set in and around Kansas City, but it opens with a sequence set to the Fratellis’ “Chelsea...

Oct 25 2012 | Read Full Review of Trainspotting

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