upper waypoint
Save ArticleSave Article
Failed to save article

Please try again

'Skagboys' jacket cover. (Courtesy of NPR)

Prequel to the best-selling phenomenon Trainspotting, this exhilarating and moving novel shows how Welsh’s colorful miscreants first went wrong.

Marked by Irvine Welsh’s scabrous humor and raw Scottish vernacular, Skagboys transports us to 1980s Edinburgh, where the Trainspotting crew is just getting started. Mark Renton has it all: the first in his family to attend university, he has a pretty girlfriend and a great social life. But when economic uncertainties and family problems intervene, Rent succumbs to the defeatism — not to mention the drug use — that has taken hold in Edinburgh’s tougher quarters. His friends are responding according to personality. Laid off, Spud Murphy is paralyzed in the face of long-term unemployment. Sick Boy, supreme manipulator of the opposite sex, is scamming and hustling for money and drugs. And meanwhile, psycho Franco Begbie is scaring the hell out of everyone. Darkly humorous, Skagboys gives a gritty and gripping portrait of a time, not unlike ours, when money was scarce, unemployment was high, and drugs seemed the answer.

Listen to Irvine Welsh read an excerpt from <i>Skagboys</i>

Listen to Irvine Welsh read an excerpt from Skagboys

Sponsored

lower waypoint
next waypoint
Kehlani, E-40, P-Lo to Celebrate Golden State Valkyries at SF Block Party10 Free Concerts Not to Miss in the Bay Area This SummerA Battle Between Science and Religion, With Galileo Caught in the MiddleAmid Upheaval, a New CEO Steps in at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts8 Refreshing Bay Area Boba Shops to Help Beat the Summer HeatSeals, Foraging and Buffalo Soft Serve: 5 NorCal Summer Day TripsBay Area Music Festivals and Outdoor Concerts for Summer 2024Original Joe’s Westlake Is a Time Warp to Red Sauce Heaven8 Bay Area Animal Adventures to Make Your Summer More Wild‘Spacey Unmasked’ Demonstrates How Sexual Harassers Get Away With It