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The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins by Irvine Welsh
  

Sarah Broadhurst's view...

Irvine Welsh, renowned for the shocking, is, I think, trying to do so with this title. He characteristically embraces contemporary subjects such as our obsession with food, sex and keeping fit and gives us an assortment of stereotypical relationships both gay and straight. Interestingly his narrator is female and the writing is not in any local vernacular but does contain some American spellings! If you are a Welsh fan then this is essential reading, if you are not then he has written better books; start with them.

If you like Irvine Welsh you might also like to read books by Bret Easton Ellis, James Kelman and Chuck Palahniuk.

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Synopsis

The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins by Irvine Welsh

When Lucy Brennan, a Miami Beach personal-fitness trainer, disarms a gunman chasing two frightened homeless men, the police and the breaking-news cameras are not far behind and, within hours, Lucy is a media hero. The solitary eye-witness is the depressed and overweight Lena Sorensen, who becomes obsessed with Lucy and signs up as her client - though she seems more interested in the trainer's body than her own. When the two women find themselves more closely aligned, and can't stop thinking about the sex lives of Siamese twins, the real problems start...In the aggressive, foul-mouthed trainer, Lucy Brennan, and the needy, manipulative Lena Sorensen, Irvine Welsh has created two of his most memorable female protagonists, and one of the most bizarre, sado-masochistic folies a deux in contemporary fiction. Featuring murder, depravity and revenge - and enormous amounts of food and sex - The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins taps into two great obsessions of our time - how we look and where we live - and tells a story so subversive and dark it blacks out the Florida sun.


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Reviews

'[Welsh] has never written with greater verve... This is a novel packed with energy.' -- Tom Adair Scotsman

'Shady, crazy and dark. Shortlist Welsh doesn't disappoint... Bag yourself a ringside seat.' -- Elena Seymenliyska Daily Telegraph

'This is a visceral romp of a novel, a manic endorphin rush of a read that nevertheless also manages to sneak in some serious commentary on the state of American society, putting this book right up there with the best of Irvine Welsh's work.' -- Doug Johnstone Independent on Sunday

'Not only cleverly conceived but genuinely, hauntingly, transgressive.' -- Sandra Newman Guardian

'Razor-sharp prose... Both Lucy and Lena dazzle in this hugely entertaining read.' -- Kevin Scott List Boisterous, exuberant. Sunday Times

'A compelling read.' -- Russell Leadbetter Glasgow Sunday Herald

About the Author

Irvine Welsh

Irvine Welsh is the author of eight works of fiction including Trainspotting, Porno, Glue and The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs. He lives in Dublin.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st April 2015

Author

Irvine Welsh

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Author's Website

www.irvinewelsh.net/

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Publisher

Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Paperback
480 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099535560

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