Synopses & Reviews
gathers stories showcasing Irvine Welsh's trademark skills: vaulting imagination, brilliant vernacular ear, scabrous humor, and the ability to create some of the most memorable characters in contemporary fiction. You can enjoy Christmas dinner with Begbie at his Ma's and see how he greets his sister's boyfriend and news of their engagement. You'll discover in "The Rosewell Incident" why aliens speak hardcore Scots English and plan to put Midlothian roughs in charge of the planet. And you'll be delighted to welcome back "Juice" Terry Lawson and now internationally famous DJ Carl Ewart, and watch them as they meet an old nemesis, retired schoolmaster Albert Black, under the strobe lights of a Miami Beach nightclub. These stories, most first published in small magazines and out-of-print anthologies, are all wildly offbeat and will delight both fans of and newcomers to Welsh's world.
"Welsh returns to the world of drug-ingesting, lager-swigging and 'fitba'-loving Scotsmen in this hilarious collection from his Trainspotting years. The material may be old, but the slang still sings in these stories of scrappers attempting to become lords of whatever tiny domain they can conquer. There's Trainspotting's volatile Begbie, at his mom's house for Christmas and trying to endure his sister's new beau in 'Elpseth's Boyfriend.' In 'A Fault on the Line,' Malky doesn't want to let anything not even a horrific accident stop him from missing the kickoff of a footie match. These stories of blustering, emotionally befuddled men and the luckless women who love them also includes less traditional (for Welsh) fare, like 'The Rosewell Incident,' in which an alien race learns about Earth culture from a Scottish hood, and 'I Am Miami,' about a retired Scottish school teacher who runs into a pair of disgruntled former pupils in Miami. Welsh shines most brilliantly when portraying his solipsistic Scots head-butting the rock-hard ceiling in hopes of escaping, be it through booze, drugs, soccer or sex, from a violent world that offers little peace but plenty of humor. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"A hilarious collection...Welsh shines most brilliantly when portraying his solipsistic Scots head-butting the rock-hard ceiling in hopes of escaping, be it through booze, drugs, soccer or sex, from a violent world that offers little peace but plenty of humor." Publishers Weekly
"The lilting Scottish dialect, appalling scenarios, and high humor make for a totally entertaining collection." Joanne Wilkinson
Never-collected tales, including outrageous early stories from the years, plus a raucous new novella.
"Reheated Cabbage" gathers stories--first published in small magazines and out-of-print anthologies--showcasing the trademark skills of the author of "Trainspotting": vaulting imagination, brilliant vernacular ear, and the ability to create some of the most memorable characters in contemporary fiction.
About the Author
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, Babylon Heights, The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs, Reheated Cabbage and Filth, which will start filming in January. He divides his time between Chicago, Miami, and London.