Skagboys, By Irvine Welsh
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books, 2013, and is currently a judge of the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and the Independent Scholastic New Children's Prize 2014.
Friday 29 March 2013
Welsh's prequel to Trainspotting (1993) may not have the same generation defining iconoclasm and innovation but then again, its was always going to be derivative, by definition.
The real question is whether we really needed a return to the old drug-addled crew – Renton/Rent Boy, Simon/Sick Boy, Frank/Begbie, Tommy et al, given we've also had a sequel (Porno).
While Skagboys ends up giving us more of the same, it never sounds tired of itself: visceral, tragic and comic, with Welsh's schlock-shock appeal.
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