Video: Irvine Welsh reads The Blade Artist
Events however conspire to entice the old Begbie back to his former terrifying glory. At its heart, the novel is a modern-day Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story, with the old and new versions of Begbie vying for control.
This is a honed, shorter, more mature Welsh – one that has divided opinion and sparked much debate. There is plenty to enjoy, however, as The Telegraph continues: 'The Blade Artist is lean, clever and propulsive'
Watch the ever-challenging Irvine Welsh read from the new novel: