Irvine Welsh

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Irvine Welsh was born on September 27, 1958 in Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland. Leith is the lower port area of Edinburgh. His mother was a waitress and his father was a dockhand until bad health forced him to stop working on the docks; he became a carpet salesman after that. Welsh’s father died when Welsh was 25.

Their family life is something that Welsh frequently recalls in his fictional tales. He is known for using the poor housing areas of Scotland as his settings. Welsh has first-hand knowledge of living in these areas as a child. Many critics and reviewers would characterize Welsh’s work as a brutal depiction of realities in Edinburgh. He quite commonly uses the Scottish dialect in his writing, with great effect.

Welsh dropped out of high school and took up various trades. After coming in contact with the law too many times, he decided to clean up his act and went back to school. He eventually received his Master’s degree from Heriot-Watt University. His thesis paper was on equal opportunities for women.

Welsh’s first novel, Trainspotting, was declared a hit by just about everyone but Bob Dole, an American politician running for the Presidency. He made speeches that this book and the movie that followed it were a moral depravity and glorification of drug use. Funnily, Dole admitted to never actually seeing the film, or reading the book.

Welsh lives in Chicago now, with his second wife. He previously lived in Dublin, Ireland. His latest book, Skagg Boys, was published in the early part of 2012.


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