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Carspotting: The Real Adventures of Irvine Welsh Paperback – September 24, 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Black and White pub. (September 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845023684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845023683
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had come on to Amazon to buy a copy of Glue to read in the few remaining weeks before Irvine Welsh's new Skagboys comes out. As an aside, I eagerly await all his new releases and have done for years, but my (now) wife has dreaded these arrivals over the years as her boyfriend (husband) would start using foul language in real time from the first few pages, and this would take weeks to fade away. Anyway, back to Carspotting. If you're an Irvine Welsh fan, I'd highly recommend this book. It popped up on Amazon and sounded great, and it absolutely lived up to my expectations. I also read a few articles on the author on the internet and it looks like he's genuinely one of Irvine Welsh's best mates from the old days.

I have to say I have wondered sometimes about where Welsh got his inspiration from, and how it was that someone so articulate can have lived through the world he writes about and survived, and how if he hadn't lived through it how he could write about it so well. If I was a literary type now I could probably make a good case about how this book will show you the story behind the stories. It does give a great birdseye view of the world of Edinburgh (and beyond) that Irvine Welsh's books wind through and around.

Anyway, the book itself. It's about twenty chapters of stories about the author and Irvine Welsh's nights and days out together over the last thirty years, usually involving drunkenness, vomit, and in a surprising number of cases brushes with the law. I found myself laughing out loud, not as much as I would normally during a Welsh novel, but a good bit all the same. very entertaining, and if you liked Irvine Welsh, you'll love this...
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