By: Welsh, Irvine

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A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Both a prequel to the world-renowned Trainspotting, and an alternative vers ion of it, Skagboys is Irvine Welsh's greatest work. Mark Renton seems to have it all: he's the first in his family to go to uni versity, he's young, has a pretty girlfriend and a great social life. But T hatcher'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 di es 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 a nd 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 -- e xemplified 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 sanitized 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-.


Author Name: Welsh, Irvine

Categories: General Fiction,

Publisher: Vintage Books: 2013

ISBN Number: 0099535580

ISBN Number 13: 9780099535584

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: RWARE0000042894