Irvine Welsh is the author of ten previous novels and four books of shorter fiction. He currently lives in Chicago.
"Back to his violent best... Dark, gruesome and captivating." -- Sam Parker * Esquire * "It's a thriller in the mode of Tarantino making war films or westerns; hiding grand themes within genre." -- Alan Bett * Skinny * "Intense, electrifying... Welsh has delivered a tremendously entertaining book - a whodunit, a thriller, and a probing character study - that's obsessed with conflict, both physical and mental... A surprisingly poignant, evocative read - highly recommended." * Mr Hyde * "In a year when filming begins on Danny Boyle's sequel of sorts to Trainspotting, it seems perfect timing to revisit its most visceral force." * Skinny * "[Begbie's] intelligence and instinct make him compelling, and Welsh keep the plot roaring along... This is a dark, guilty pleasure and written with - it seems to me - the cinema screen in mind." -- Kate Muir * The Times *