Choose us. Choose life. Choose mortgage payments; choose washing machines; choose cars; choose sitting oan a couch watching mind-numbing and spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fuckin junk food intae yir mooth. Choose rotting away, pishing and shiteing yersel in a home, a total fuckin embarrassment tae the selfish, fucked-up brats ye've produced. Choose life.
“The voice of punk, grown up, grown wiser and grown eloquent”
- Sunday Times
“The best book ever written by man or woman... Deserves to sell more copies than the bible”
- Rebel Inc
“Welsh writes with a skill, wit and compassion that amounts to genius. He is the best thing that has happened to British writing for decades”
- Sunday Times
“An unremitting powerhouse of a novel that marked the arrival of a major new talent… Loud with laughter in the dark, this novel is the real McCoy”
“A novel perpetually in a starburst of verbal energy - a vernacular spectacular... The stories we hear are retched from the gullet”
- Scotland on Sunday
“An unremitting powerhouse of a novel that marked the arrival of a major new talent. Trainspotting is a loosely knotted string of jagged dislocated tales that lay bare the hearts of darkness of the junkies, wideboys and psychos who ride the down escalator of opportunity in the nation's capital. Loud with laughter in the dark, this novel is the real Mccoy”
“A page-turner... Trainspotting gives lies to any cosy notions of a classless society”
- Independent on Sunday
“Trainspotting marked the capital debut of a capital writer. This marvellous novel might feel like a bad day in Bedlam, but boy is it exhilarating”
“The Scottish Celine”
“One of the most significant writers in Britain. He writes with style, imagination, wit and force”
- Times Literary Supplement
“As clever as Alasdair Gray, as elegant as Jeff Torrington, as passionate as James Kelman, Welsh has got it all”
“Welsh has certainly described the world surrounding Edinburgh's underground drug movement with a most amazing intimacy”
"Trainspotting was not only my first novel, it was my first real attempt at writing, so I'm very proud of it. It was a book I could only write at a certain point in my life. I started it properly when I was thirty, looking back on my life at around 22, 23. It seemed a long way in the distance by then, because I was living in a very different way. I think when you've been fucked-up you want to understand why, what your frame of mind was, and more importantly, what the points of transition were. I think that the Renton character in the book was probably closest to my mindset at the time.
I get asked a lot at interviews whether I hate Trainspotting as its success must have cast a huge shadow over everything else I've done. But it's always people who never have and probably never will write a book who ask that question. What you want as a writer is for people to read your books, and to have that kind of success with your first one was a dream come true. So I always saw it as a calling card rather than an albatross. I've never had to get a proper job since, or will have to again (unless I get really out of control at the race track) which is an excellent state of affairs. A whole new bunch of young kids seem to discover it every couple of years. At the readings I do the audience get younger as I get older, which is pretty weird."