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The Resource Skagboys, Irvine Welsh

Skagboys, Irvine Welsh

Label
Skagboys
Title
Skagboys
Statement of responsibility
Irvine Welsh
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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. 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. This book 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 Trainspotting, this is an exhilarating and moving book, full of the scabrous humour, salty vernacular and appalling behaviour
Member of
Summary
Mark Renton seems to have it all: he's the first in his family to go to university, he's young, has a pretty girlfriend and a great social life. But 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 badly handicapped younger brother dies the family bonds start to weaken, his life flips out of control, and he succumbs to the defeatism and the heroin which has taken hold in Edinburgh's grimmer areas. His friends face similar challenges. Spud Murphy is paid off from his job and faces long-term unemployment, while Tommy Lawrence feels that only love can save him from being sucked into a life of petty crime and violence, exemplified respectively by the thieving Matty Connell and psychotic Franco Begbie. And then there is Sick Boy, the supreme manipulator of the opposite sex, scamming and hustling his way through life. Skagboys charts their journey from likely lads to young men addicted to the heroin which has flooded their disintegrating community. This is the 1980s: not the sanitised version, of upbeat pop music, mullets, shoulder-pads and MTV, but a time of drugs, poverty, AIDS, violence, political strife and hatred 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.
Tone
Writing style
Award
Booklist Editors' Choice, 2012.
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10132538
Cataloging source
DLC
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Welsh, Irvine
Dewey number
823.914
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
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True
Series statement
Trainspotting
Series volume
Prequel
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  • Heroin
  • Nineteen nineties
  • Edinburgh (Scotland)
Target audience
adult
Label
Skagboys, Irvine Welsh
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
000049020609
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
548 p.
Isbn
9780224087902
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Label
Skagboys, Irvine Welsh
Publication
Control code
000049020609
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
548 p.
Isbn
9780224087902
Isbn Type
(hbk.)

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