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John Neil Munro was born in Campbeltown and raised in Stornoway. He studied modern and economic history at Glasgow University then completed a postgraduate journalism course in Cardiff during the late 1980s. His previous publications include The Sensational Alex Harvey (Firefly Publishing, 2002, reprinted by Polygon, 2008), Some People are Crazy (2010) and When George Came to Edinburgh (2010).
September 2013 eBook of the Month. An unintentional author and an unintentional international bestseller and film. How did Irvine Welsh’s novel Trainspotting get written and why did it change literature so profoundly. John Neil Munro is a long-time friend of Welsh and he shows how the novel took shape, consulting some of the key players who had a part to play in the success of the novel. Like for Like ReadingCarspotting: The Real Adventures of Irvine Welsh, Sandy MacnairTrainspotting, Irvine Welsh A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher... 'John Neil Munro has written several successful music biographies for Polygon, so we had no hesitation in commissioning his account of the whole Trainspotting phenomenon. John Neil is an old friend of Irvine's which adds a special intimacy to the book. Even if you’re not a fan of Welsh’s writing the story of how a white-collar council worker penned one of the most influential books of the twentieth century is astonishing.' - Alison Rae, Polygon Editorial Manager