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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (1 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099505983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099505983
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Irvine Welsh was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Raised in the tenement homes of Leith, the prefabs in West Pilton and the maisonettes in Muirhouse, he attended Ainslie Park Secondary School. At sixteen, he left education and took on various jobs, and eventually moved to London in the seventies. There he dabbled with the property market while spending his free time exploring the London punk scene. He then moved back to Edinburgh to study an MBA.

Back home, and inspired by the nineties rave scene, he was fortunate enough to run into some fascinating characters whom he immortalised in his diary - and, later, in the pages of Trainspotting. At first dismissed for its unmarketable content, Trainspotting shot Welsh to fame, precipitated further by the release of the film, by Danny Boyle, three years later.

Since then he has written eight other works of fiction. He currently lives in Chicago.

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"There's no mistaking the allegorical intent. The message here is that we're all, in a sense, little people oppressed by those in power - and so it's no wonder that we get our kicks whenever and wherever we can" (Daily Telegraph)

"Welsh writes with a skill, wit and compassion that amounts to genius. He is the best thing that has happened to British writing for decades" (Sunday Times)

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A new play by Irvine Welsh and co-writer Dean Cavanagh, about the debauchery of the munchkins involved in the filming of the classic, The Wizard of the Oz.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Declan, Dublin on 15 Aug 2006
Format: Paperback
Saw this play in Dublin in August and thought it was excellent.

I have to say I went there with some scepticism, as I had just finished reading his latest novel The Bedroom Secrets of Master Chefs, which I thought was a poor, tired piece of work.

Welsh's creative juices are still flowing (thankfully in a different direction)and this short play centring around four "little people" is both unique and original in its theme, as well as containing excellent drama and characterisation.

Go see it
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. C. R. Springthorpe on 5 Feb 2008
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Fabulously dark comedy about four dwarfs set to play munchkins in the Wizard Of Oz.

I directed this at uni and it's all credit to the writing when you watch the audience reaction as they deliberate between laughing, screaming & throwing up!

Rumours of it coming to London - I can't wait!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jason Sebring on 6 Jun 2006
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For anyone remotely interested in The Wizard of Oz or indeed popular culture in general, I highly recommend this hilarious book of the play.

The characters are hysterical, literally, and you remember them long after you've finished the book.

It's violent, pornographic in parts, but it's also laugh out loud funny. I can't wait to see the play in San Francisco.

I would imagine 'Babylon Heights' to become a huge success. It's cultish but by the very nature of the subject, it could become a crossover hit.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eammon Shelly on 20 Aug 2006
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A real tour de force from Welsh and Cavanagh. It's brutally dark but madly funny. It's the flipside to the film, and shows how hard it was for the munchkins to function in such a hothouse enviroment.
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By WolfGirl1986 on 30 April 2012
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Unfortunately I never had a chance to see the play of this but the book was really funny.It made my lunch times at work go very quickly. Defintely a must read for fans of Irvine Welsh, the Wizard of Oz or just general hilarity. This is one of my favourite Irvine Welsh books and I was very sceptical at first knowing it was play which I don't generally enjoy. I will definitely go and see the play if I get the chance. Love it!
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