on December 25, 2013
This is not a book you can finish in one sitting, but also not one you want to put down. Much like Trainspotting and Porno before it, it is full of stark imagery of the life of a junkie, and all of the prevailing circumstances that could potentially lead one to go down that path. It is also a very poignant criticism of Thatcherism, and a scathing critique of the misery that her policies brought upon the so-called 'underclasses'. With that historical component to it, and from a purely entertaining stand-point, this is a book any Irvine Welsh fan must read.
on September 11, 2013
Having first read Trainspotting, I fell hard for Irvine's characters. Irvine has the ability to make the reader better understand their own faults and weaknesses, while alluding to a macro-socioeconomic crisis common to every society . From the first page, it's the type of book you want to keep on going. Highly recommended!