Where to start with Irvine Welsh

Beyond Trainspotting: as the world limbers up for the first Irvine Welsh novel in four years, we guide you through his best work.

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Since he shook up the boring old book world 30 years ago, Irvine Welsh has enthralled millions of readers with his stories – the blackest of comedies, the trickiest of tragedies – often set in the housing estates of working-class Scotland. Like Nick Hornby before him and Helen Fielding after, Welsh has produced many imitators, but few equals – and he has outlasted them all. Here’s a guide on where to begin reading his strong, strange bibliography.

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