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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; First Edition edition (September 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393088731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393088731
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #681,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the most significant writers in Britain. He writes with style, imagination, wit and force." "--Times Literary Supplement"" ""The voice of punk, grown up, grown wiser and grown eloquent." "--The Times"

About the Author

Irvine Welsh is the author of Trainspotting, Ecstacy, Filth (soon to be a major motion picture), Glue, Porno, and Crime, among other works. Welsh is also producing movies and writing screenplays. A native of Edinburgh, he lives in Chicago and Miami.

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Irvine Welsh is the author of Trainspotting, Ecstasy, Glue, Porno, Filth, Marabou Stork Nightmares, The Acid House, If You Liked School, You'll Love Work, The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs and Reheated Cabbage. He divides his time between Florida, Ireland, and Scotland.

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This book is a must read for Welsh fans.
EJon
Skagboys, the prequel to Trainspotting, does a good job of character development where Trainspotting was more like jumping off a cliff into the narrative.
Rick Underwood
Hopefully this book, like the amazing sequel, gets made into a movie one day.
Shathadute

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By tones4317 on May 7, 2012
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As a long time Welsh fan, I suppose I could be considered a little biased - but really, in all honesty, this is one of the cult Scottish author's finest efforts to date.

Skagboys revisits the sunny port of Leith and adjoining Edinburgh, and the eclectic cast of characters that made up Welsh's debut effort - the drugged-out classic Trainspotting. All your skeevy old pals are here... ever-acerbic Mark Renton, sweet natured Spud, scheming Sickboy and, naturally, the delightfully psychotic pugilist, Begbie. Only this time, we meet Leith's finest schemies in their early twenties - just as they're developing that nasty little heroin habit which was the focal point of Trainspotting.

So yes, it's a prequel to Trainspotting, featuring characters that should be familiar to fans of the earlier book or its cinematic adaptation. But, as always, Welsh is not afraid to delve a little deeper. While on the surface a simple story of a hopeless descent into addiction, the novel also chronicles the sad devolution of the working class in dystopian mid-eighties Scotland.

It's quite interesting, but also quite depressing, to bear witness to the slow ravaging of blue collar Scottish society, whose denizens turn to drugs and violence to numb the economic and social hardships incurred by the rise of Maggie's Farm. The novel also deals with the rampant incursion of AIDS into Edinburgh - once Europe's AIDS capital - which spreads all too rapidly through shared needle use and illicit sex.

If you're a fan of Trainspotting, or it's excellent sequel Porno (which revisits our anti-heroes in their mid thirties) then I simply can't recommend this read enough. In the off chance you've read some of Welsh's other works, and haven't got around to Trainspotting, then I'd advise you to start here. Be warned, though - as with all the author's works, this is definitely NOT for the faint of heart.

Vintage Welsh. It's a good thing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ctwilliams on May 28, 2012
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Skagboys is a worthy prequel in the 'Trainspotting' trilogy and a five star read. In the novel the exploits of its now famous four characters (Rents, Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie) come of age in the Thatcherite dystopia of early 1980s working class Edinburgh. Welsh's characters face a world of tough choices, unemployment, drugs and generational poverty with a headlong rage that is the authors trademark. The hardback books hefty 548 pages highlights the family friends and developing `love interests' of the principal characters as they move, mate and scheme from the Port of Leith and into the wider world. Skagboys is vintage Welsh, with some of the best characterisation to date of his anti heroes at work rest and play. The novel is at times sad, bad, hilarious and profound with imagery and dialogue that's pure catnip to the converted/perverted Welsh reader.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on September 7, 2013
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I Loved Welsh's work when I was younger, have several UK first editions. Trainspotting was amazing. Welsh excels at creating relationships between "mates" who pick on, tease, and care for each other because "he's a mate and all." I've never really been impressed with his female characters. If you're a Trainspotting fan, you already know that Begbie is a violent psychopath, Sick Boy is selfish, Spud is sweet but not clued-in, and Renton is a bit complicated. Skag Boys doesn't really offer much new material - we already know how Renton felt about his younger brother, that Sick Boy is s smooth-talking ladies' man, etc. I gave the book 3 stars because it was sort of fun to hear the guys rip on each other again, but we know this story.
This is a review of the audible version -- Tam Dean Burn was excellent as always - i'd highly suggest trying an audio version of Welsh's work to readers who have difficulty with the printed dialect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles Hargreaves on March 8, 2013
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One of the best books this author has written, it is remarkable in scope, humor, depth of character, the ability to emit the most genuinely skin-crawlyingly disturbing scenes, followed by some of the funniest -- and always written with the unflinching respect of truth. I don't understand how he does it, but as busy as I am, I read this 500-plus page book at every possible free moment, sad now that it's over. And don't be put off by it's overly grim cover -- sorry publisher, but it just doesn't fit the book, in my opinion.
Just as with his other books, Welsh writes with phoenetically-accurate dialogue -- it takes some time to get used to it, and I recommend your first read be a good 50 pages to get the flow of the writing in your head. In Skagboys he does something even more remarkable, which is to write his different characters with appropriately different accents, reflecting their origin and place in life. I found I carried their voices around in my head during the days of reading Skagboys.
I have listened to interviews with Welsh and it is clear, as I have often heard said, that he is a genuinely decent and incredibly nice guy. Somehow that makes reading him even more pleasurable, for this reader anyway.
Do yourself a favor, and read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bretskii on May 23, 2012
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Classic Welsh and such a joy again to get inside the minds of my favourite literary characters. Up there with all the lieth sagas he has done. If you love Welsh, you must read this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sean McInerney on August 30, 2013
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LOVED Trainspotting when it came out, but this was a bit too much. Mibbe ahm jist getting old, ken likesay?
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