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'A vigorous, stunningly funny novella...whimsical, warm, surreal,
grotesque and brilliant.'
-- Guardian Weekend Review

'An absolute tour de force...the voices are
pitch-perfect...confidently writerly...a (mostly) remarkable collection.'
-- Sunday Herald

'Brilliant'
-- Times

'This smutty, macabre collection exudes compelling energy.' -- Daily Mail

'Welsh proves a farceur of some distinction' -- Sunday Times

'When the strange chemistry of Irvine's fiction boils at the right
heat, there are still very few writers who can touch him.' -- Independent on Sunday

`...this sees Welsh in typically irreverent form...'
-- Vogue: Rev'd Charlotte Sinclair.

`When a book comes with a disclaimer addressed to the entire
population of Cowdenbeath, you know it will be worth reading... blackly
comic as hell.' -- Time Out

`sickly hilarious' -- Arena

Vogue: Rev'd Charlotte Sinclair.

`...this sees Welsh in typically irreverent form...'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 252 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (17 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0067ZJR56
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,320 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Its been 13 or so years since Welsh last published a collection of short stories. Welsh lacks somewhat(or even a lot) in this genre but at least his last collection "The Acid House" included such gems as "A soft touch", "The House of John Deaf", "Disnae Matter" and others...

..sadly "If you liked School you'll love work" has no such gems. The short stories are all rather flat and dry and without soul.

HOWEVER!...the novella "The Kingdom of Fife" contained within said collection is Welsh at his best - a star burst of comical/whimsical/dark/surreal/ energy...and the purchase of this collection is worth it for that novella alone.

A great Novella...shame about the short stories.
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There's an interesting spread of views on this book at the time of writing. I stopped reading Welsh after Glue, which I thought was dreadful. There were already signs he was losing it in Filth, which - although very funny in parts - was boring and contrived at points, and was losing the spontaneity, wit and imagination of his first few books.

But I disagree with those who give this collection one or two stars. There's much more going on here than these reviewers give Welsh credit for, and I agree with some of the blurb that says this is a return to form.

This collection is uneven, there's no doubt about that. The first story, Rattlesnakes, is lame. In the other four stories, some of the characterization is flat and the plots contrived or silly. But the good stuff is very good, and the funny bits are hilarious. Miss Arizona and Kingdom of Fife are excellent, in different ways, and If You Liked School... and The Dogs of Lincoln Park have some very good moments.

In particular I like the way Welsh is branching out into other areas of mimicry - Chicago socialites, an expat London chav bar-owner in the Canaries, a Texan ex alcoholic etc. Welsh's ability to exploit dialectal variation and nuance and - particulary in Miss Arizona - his ability to convey the feel and sentiment of a whole American literary genre is very sophisticated and creates a richness beyond the characters and plots, such as they are. In this sense, the stories here are more ambitious than anything in the Acid House for example, and Miss Arizona in particular indicates a possible future for Welsh, writing noir crime thrillers with spooky plot twists.
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By P. G. Harris TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Jun. 2008
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Many of the stories in this collection are along the lines of "Irvine Welsh writes Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected".

One of the most disppointing things is the laziness of the characteristion. The Mexicans in Rattlesnakes (which is a twist on the old "burglars and toothbrushes" urban myth) are paint by numbers sterotypes and the central character in the title story seems to be the result of watching too many sub Guy Ritchie "geezer" movies. The DOGS of Lincoln Park is a deeply unfunny Sex and the City pastiche.

The collection is redeemed by the last two stories Miss Arizona, a wonderfully creepy horror story and the novella the Kingdom of Fife. The last of these is Welsh back on his Scottish home ground and while lacking the visceral thrill of Trainspotting, is thoroughly entertaining.

Worth reading, but not brilliant.
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In this collection of stories, Welsh writes with energy and imagination, developing five very different but interesting works. In my opinion, 'Rattlesnakes' is the least interesting story in the book. The characters are poorly developed and the ending unsatisfying. After this disappointing start, the book improves rapidly.' If You Like School, You'll Love Work', the story of the ex-pat bar-owner managing his relationships with his women seems very real and is energetic and entertaining.'The Dogs of Lincoln Park' manages to explore the dangers of racial stereotyping with verve and humour. 'Miss Arizona' feel a bit like a parody of a Poe tale, but settings and characters are explored superbly well.
The highlight of the book is the novel, 'The King of Fife'. Welsh returns to Scotland and writes with confidence in dialect. The writing has energy and humour, exploring the passion of a failed jockey from Cowdenbeath for a horse-obsessed girl. Welsh writes with knowledge and understanding of class differences and this modern interpretation of Romeo and Juliet is a rich an rewarding tale.
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I've read all of Irvine Welsh's books (Filth & Glue being my favourites) but this just didn't hit the mark for me. I think he's maybe run out of ideas. The tales in here aren't bad but they're not what we've copme to expect from a guy that used to so easily have us laughing and hurling at the same time with his twisted humour.

I much more enjoyed Mark Hayhurst's Friday at the Nobody Inn, that reminded me of Welsh at his best and this is him at his worst.
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This book is a mixed bag. the first Rattlesnakes is awful, theres one thing being depraved, which we expect from Irvine Welsh, but this story goes no where from start to finish. Second in "If you liked School, you'll love work" was not great either, one cockney rambling on about nowt and the story line poor. it starts to pick up with DOGS of Licoln Park, which was very amusing with the mismatch of a stuck up yuppie girl and a Korean chef and an unfortunate dog. The girls in this were vile. Miss Arizona was absolutely superb and a story so creepy that Stephen King would have been proud of. Well crafted, well written and sent a chill down my spine. Mr Welsh left the best for last, and this story " The Kingdom Of Fife" was worth the money for that story alone as it was the longest. This was a brilliant tale of lowlives and wannabe's in Fife. It had the tears rolling down my face it was so funny. This was vintage Irvine Welsh and it had a great ending too.
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