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Skagboys

Irvine Welsh

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EAN: 9781409028239
Published: 19 Apr 2012

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BEFORE TRAINSPOTTING CAME SKAGBOYS

The Number One Bestseller

Mark Renton has it all: he’s good-looking, young, with a pretty girlfriend and a bright future. But there’s no room for him in the 1980s and when his family starts to fracture, Mark’s life swings out of control. The way out is heroin. It’s no better for his friends – Spud Murphy is laid off from his job, Tommy Lawrence finds himself sucked into a life of petty crime, violence and the world of the psychotic Franco Begbie. Only Sick Boy seems to ride the current, scamming and hustling his way through it all. Exhilarating and moving, Skagboys charts their journey from likely lads to young addicts in a decade which changed Britain forever.

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What the critics say

Filthy, or fulthy, and hugely funny… Remarkable
- Daily Telegraph

Trainspotting may be a masterpiece but Skagboys is the reason the artist painted it, and sometimes that’s the most compelling story
- Stylist

A cracking read
- Time Out

It's brilliant and even more thrilling than its predecessor
- Mail on Sunday

Welsh performs the mysterious feat of making you think that his characters are real
- Guardian

Skagboys is a compelling tale...a seriously entertaining piece of work
- Irish Times

One of the most significant writers in Britain. He writes with style, imagination, wit and force.
- Times Literary Supplement

While you can place him in a literary tradition which flows from Alasdair Gray and James Kelman (and maybe Joyce before that), Welsh remains a lapsed punk, hung up on the Velvets and Iggy Pop
- Evening Standard

Like Trainspotting, Skagboys thrusts along with the exuberance of its episodic stories. Welsh hasn't lost his flair for comic set pieces
- Sunday Times

Welsh somehow manages to be both the Zola of Therese Raquin, and Dostoevsky's Underground Man, ranging between quasi-scientific perspective and a more immersed, troubling one. That he does so for the most part in a furious low Scots vernacular - filthy, or fulthy, and hugely funny at times - may seem remarkable
- Daily Telegraph

Engaging, heartfelt and brutal.
- welovethisbook.com

About the Author

Irvine Welsh is the author of eight previous novels and four books of shorter fiction. He currently lives in Chicago.

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