Mark Renton has it all: he's good-looking, young, with a pretty girlfriend and a place at university. But there's no room for him in the 1980s. Thatcher's government is destroying working-class communities across Britain, and the post-war certainties of full employment, educational opportunity and a welfare state are gone. When his family starts to fracture, Mark's life swings out of control and he succumbs to the defeatism which has taken hold in Edinburgh's grimmer areas. The way out is heroin. It's no better for his friends. Spud Murphy is paid off from his job, Tommy Lawrence feels himself being sucked into a life of petty crime and violence - the worlds of the thieving Matty Connell and psychotic Franco Begbie. Only Sick Boy, the supreme manipulator of the opposite sex, seems to ride the current, scamming and hustling his way through it all. Skagboys charts their journey from likely lads to young men addicted to the heroin which has flooded their disintegrating community. This is the 1980s: a time of drugs, poverty, AIDS, violence, political strife and hatred - but a lot of laughs, and maybe just a little love; a decade which changed Britain for ever.
Closing date: 07/09/2018
'One of the most significant writers in Britain. He writes with style, imagination, wit and force.'
-- Times Literary Supplement
'The voice of punk, grown up, grown wiser and grown eloquent.'
-- The Times
Publication date: 19/04/2012
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd an imprint of Vintage
|Publication date:||19th April 2012|
|Publisher:||Jonathan Cape Ltd an imprint of Vintage|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,|
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.More About Irvine Welsh