Irvine Welsh


Born
in Leith, Scotland
September 27, 1958

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Probably most famous for his gritty depiction of a gang of Scottish Heroin addicts, Trainspotting (1993), Welsh focuses on the darker side of human nature and drug use. All of his novels are set in his native Scotland and filled with anti-heroes, small time crooks and hooligans. Welsh manages, however to imbue these characters with a sad humanity that makes them likable despite their obvious scumbaggerry. Irvine Welsh is also known for writing in his native Edinburgh Scots dialect, making his prose challenging for the average reader unfamiliar with this style.

Average rating: 3.9 · 298,334 ratings · 8,370 reviews · 91 distinct worksSimilar authors
Trainspotting

4.09 avg rating — 144,771 ratings — published 1993 — 137 editions
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Filth

3.73 avg rating — 24,835 ratings — published 1998 — 58 editions
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Porno

3.75 avg rating — 21,336 ratings — published 2005 — 71 editions
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Skagboys

4.08 avg rating — 15,148 ratings — published 2012 — 32 editions
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The Acid House

3.71 avg rating — 13,963 ratings — published 1994 — 44 editions
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Glue

3.80 avg rating — 13,383 ratings — published 2001 — 38 editions
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Marabou Stork Nightmares

3.87 avg rating — 9,912 ratings — published 1995 — 21 editions
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3.55 avg rating — 9,252 ratings — published 1996 — 45 editions
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3.43 avg rating — 7,136 ratings — published 2006 — 43 editions
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The Blade Artist

3.59 avg rating — 5,787 ratings — published 2016 — 22 editions
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“You can't lie to your soul.”
Irvine Welsh, Porno

“Choose a life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television. Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers... Choose DSY and wondering who the fuck you are on a Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit crushing game shows, stucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away in the end of it all, pishing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked up brats you spawned to replace yourself, choose your future. Choose life... But why would I want to do a thing like that?”
Irvine Welsh, Trainspotting

“We start off with high hopes, then we bottle it. We realise that we’re all going to die, without really finding out the big answers. We develop all those long-winded ideas which just interpret the reality of our lives in different ways, without really extending our body of worthwhile knowledge, about the big things, the real things. Basically, we live a short disappointing life; and then we die. We fill up our lives with shite, things like careers and relationships to delude ourselves that it isn’t all totally pointless.”
Irvine Welsh, Trainspotting

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