Irvine Welsh is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter and short story writer. His novel Trainspotting was a smash success which went on to receive as many good reviews as disgusted and outraged ones – a pattern of critical reception that continues to this day. Since Danny Boyle’s film adaptation of Trainspotting was released in 1996, Irvine Welsh has remained a controversial figure. In recent years he has become a social commentator on many issues including Scottish independence. His other books include Ecstasy, Filth (which was adapted into a film in 2013), Glue, Porno, The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs, If You Liked School You’ll Love Work, Skagboys, The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins, and his most recent, A Decent Ride. Welsh lives in Chicago.
In his own words: “I like uncompromising characters. They are tough to deal with in real life, but great fun in fiction.”
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