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Lust for Life!: Irvine Welsh and the Trainspotting Phenomenon
 
 

Lust for Life!: Irvine Welsh and the Trainspotting Phenomenon [Kindle Edition]

John Neil Munro
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'If Trainspotting was ''The book that deserved to sell more copies than the Bible'', then Lust For Life is its ''Greatest Story Ever Told''' --The Herald

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In the mid-1980s Irvine Welsh’s life was going nowhere fast. His teenage dreams of being a footballer or a rock star were over, and he was stuck in a series of white-collar jobs which he loathed. With the last throw of the dice, he started to write. In 1993 his debut novel – which centred on the desperate day-to-day struggles of a group of Edinburgh schemies and junkies – was published. Even Irvine’s publisher, Secker & Warburg, didn’t hold out much hope. Only 1,000 copies were printed and the word was that Irvine might become a cult author, a ‘Scottish Bukowski’. But, as the rave reviews increased, the book – memorably described as ‘the voice of punk, grown up, grown wiser and grown eloquent’ – rapidly achieved global success. It was followed, in 1996, by Danny Boyle’s raw, high-energy film, which received worldwide critical acclaim and launched the careers of several young Scots actors such as Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner and Kelly Macdonald. So, how did an unknown Edinburgh writer pen the most talked-about book of a generation? Read the inside story of the Trainspotting phenomenon.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2713 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Polygon (20 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EU9XIBK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #553,704 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read..... 2 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Loved this book – takes a fresh look into all things Trainspotting and comes up trumps. The Scottish writing culture of the eighties/early 90s is fully explored as is the Edinburgh drug scene and Irvine Welsh’s role in both. There are brilliant contributions from Dr Roy Robertson of the Muirhouse practice in Edinburgh and great yarns from writer Alan Warner amongst others. There is also genuine insight into the novel’s stage adaptation and how Welsh’s life evolved from an anonymous contributor to Hibs fanzines to an international celebrity. Couldn't put it down....
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5.0 out of 5 stars great 11 Dec 2013
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one of they books your just CANT put down - absolutely love it!
Great tales and stories from those around Irvine at the time
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dud 14 Nov 2013
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Munro adds little to what was already known about Irvine Welsh and he seems to have researched his subject even less.
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