Novelist, playwright and short story writer Irvine Welsh joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios to discuss his latest book The Blade Artist, his involvement in the Trainspotting film sequel, and why he is inspired by bad writing. Possibly best known as the author of Trainspotting, in his latest novel The Blade Artist, we see the return of one of the most iconic characters from this story.
Mark Renton is a very sick young man. He's sick of heroin and sick of trying to get off it but, above all, Renton is thoroughly sick of himself. What with vampire ghost babies, exploding siblings and disatorous sexual encounters, it's pain to see why Renton gloomily contends that 'life does not get any easier'.
"Why No UNabridged Version?"
The characters in this extraordinary book are often - on the surface - depraved, vicious, cowardly and manipulative, but their essential humanity is never undermined. Two professors of philosophy turn pugilists; Leith removal men become the objects of desire for Hollywood goddesses; God turns Boab Coyle into a house-fly; and in the novella, 'A Smart Cunt', the drug-addled young hero spins off on a collision course with his past.