An Evening with Irvine Welsh: Dead Man's Trousers

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Irvine Welsh in conversation: Dead Men's Trousers, the final chapter in the Trainspotting series

One of the UK’s most original authors, Irvine Welsh comes to the Rio Cinema in Dalston to present his new book Dead Men’s Trousersthe spectacular return of the familiar crew from the iconic Trainspotting and the final novel in the loosely-themed series. Since Irvine Welsh burst onto the literary scene with his debut novel, Trainspotting, immortalised in Danny Boyle’s film, he has gone on to write many more electrifying novels, several of which have become Sunday Times Number One bestsellers, including Ecstasy, Filth and Skagboys.

Dead Men’s Trousers finds Mark Renton a success at last, making money managing DJs. But a chance encounter with the psychotic Frank Begbie, and subsequent reunions with Sick Boy and Spud, find the four of them haunted by their histories and addictions, and lurching from crisis to crisis.

In his only London appearance to mark the release of this scabrously funny (and weirdly moving) new work, Irvine Welsh talks about his life, his books, and the Trainspotting phenomenon… and tries to avoid telling us which of his major characters gets killed off.

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Author: Irvine Welsh

Event name: An Evening with Irvine Welsh in London: Dead Men's Trousers

Date: Wednesday 28th March

Venue: Rio Cinema, Dalston, E8 2PB

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Dead Men's Trousers

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Mark Renton is finally a success. An international jet-setter, he now makes significant money managing DJs, but the constant travel, airport lounges, soulless hotel rooms and broken relationships have left him dissatisfied with his life. He’s then rocked by a chance encounter with Frank Begbie, from whom he’d been hiding for years after a terrible betrayal and the resulting debt. But the psychotic Begbie appears to have reinvented himself as a celebrated artist and – much to Mark’s astonishment – doesn’t seem interested in revenge.

Sick Boy and Spud, who have agendas of their own, are intrigued to learn that their old friends are back in town, but when they enter the bleak world of organ-harvesting, things start to go so badly wrong. Lurching from crisis to crisis, the four men circle each other, driven by their personal histories and addictions, confused, angry – so desperate that even Hibs winning the Scottish Cup doesn’t really help. One of these four will not survive to the end of this book. Which one of them is wearing Dead Men’s Trousers?

Fast and furious, scabrously funny and weirdly moving, this is a spectacular return of the crew from Trainspotting.