Book Of The Month

Issue 34

Dead Men's Trousers by Irvine Welsh

Renton, Begbie, Sick Boy and Spud all return in what has been billed as the final novel in the Trainspotting story.

Mark Renton is finally a success. An international jetsetter he now makes significant money managing DJs, but constant travel, airport lounges, soulless hotel rooms and broken relationships have left him dissatisfied with his life. He’s then rocked by a chance encounter with Frank Begbie, from whom he’d been hiding for years after a terrible betrayal and the resulting debt. But the psychotic Begbie appears to have reinvented himself as a celebrated artist and – Much to Mark’s astonishment – doesn’t seem interested in revenge.

Sick Boy and Spud, who have agendas of their own, are intrigued to learn that their old friends are back in town, but when they enter the bleak world of organharvesting, things start to go badly wrong. Lurching from crisis to crisis, the four men circle eachother, driven by personal histories and addictions, confused, angry – so desperate that even Hibs winning the Scottish Cup doesn’t really help. One of the four will not survive the book, but who is wearing Dead Men’s Trousers?

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