"Choose us. Choose life. Choose mortgage payments; choose washing machines; choose cars; choose sitting on a couch watching mind-numbing and spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fuckin junk food intae yir mooth. Choose rotting away, pishing and shiteing yersel in a home, a total fuckin embarrassment tae the selfish, fucked-up brats ye've produced. Choose life."
The seminal novel that changed the face of British fiction - repackaged for a new generation.
Welsh writes with a skill, wit and compassion that amounts to genius. He is the best thing that has happened to British writing for decades Sunday Times "One of the most significant writers in Britain. He writes with style, imagination, wit and force" Nick Hornby, Times Literary Supplement "As clever as Alasdair Gray, as elegant as Jeff Torrington, as passionate as James Kelman, Welsh has got it all" Tibor Fischer "The voice of punk, grown up, grown wiser and grown eloquent" Sunday Times "An unremitting powerhouse of a novel - Loud with laughter in the dark, this novel is the real McCoy" The Herald "A novel perpetually in a starburst of verbal energy - a vernacular spectacular...the stories we hear are retched from the gullet" Scotland on Sunday "This marvellous novel might feel like a bad day in Bedlam, but boy is it exhilarating" Jeff Torrington "The Scottish Celine" James Wood, Guardian
Irvine Welsh is the author of eight previous works of fiction, most recently Crime. He lives in Dublin.