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Creator / Irvine Welsh

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"When you get older, it's harder to be a bastard."

Irvine Welsh (born September 27, 1958) is a Scottish author famous for his mind-screwy, profane, darkly comic and profound novels, all centering on Scottish delinquents (or former Scottish delinquents) and their dysfunctional families, drug addictions and mental perversions. How fun!

Known for writing in his native Edinburgh Scots dialect, he generally ignores the traditional conventions of literary Scots, used for example by Allan Ramsay, Robert Fergusson, Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson, and James Orr. Instead, he transcribes dialects phonetically.

Mr. Welsh has his very own page of Nightmare Fuel.

In recent years, Welsh's go-to choice for the narrator of his audiobook treatments has been Tam Dean Burn, another Leith native. Burn handles the voices of all characters himself, and affects accents for those coming from places outside of the city. Earlier in Welsh's career, there were adaptations with multiple cast members instead.



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    Short stories collection 
  • The Acid House (1994)
  • Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance (1996)
  • If You Liked School You'll Love Work (2007)
  • Reheated Cabbage (2009)


Tropes found in his work:

  • Black Comedy: A major staple in his work.
  • Doorstopper: Glue and Skagboys are 560 and 548 pages, respectively.
  • The 'Verse: All of his works are set in the same universe, particularly with events and characters from other works appearing, mentioned or referenced in different works.