From the schemes to uni to skag: exploring renton’s dual-identities

Skagboys, Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh
Irvine Welsh
‘s latest novel, Skagboys, is a prequel to his infamous book, Trainspottingand explores how the friends all became heroin junkies. It’s been a while since I’ve read Trainspotting (I’ve read it twice) but I remember the gist of it and the style. To catch you up: drugs, Brit-pop, drugs, raves, more drugs, sex, more drugs, death, more drugs, theft, more drugs, and one friend screwing over the rest. When Welsh was initially writing Trainspotting, it was much longer, with part of what became Skagboys. At the time, he wasn’t interested in how they became addicts, but recently, he began to wonder how that transition began. Continue reading →