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Skagboys (Hardback)
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Skagboys (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 19/04/2012
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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. The prequel to the world-renowned "Trainspotting", this is an exhilarating and moving book, full of the scabrous humour, salty vernacular and appalling behaviour that has made Irvine Welsh a household name.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780224087902
Weight: 901 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 46 mm

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“A descent into darkness”

This book is like the Tardis. 540 pages going on 5000. It genuinely never seemed to end...... but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Skagboys is the third instalment of Welsh's direct chronicling of the... More

Paperback edition
27th March 2014
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“not that good”

This bok is pretty much a back to front version of trainspotting . It's really like trainspotting but with a different title .

Hardback edition
3rd July 2012
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