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How important is a decent ride? Shortlisted for the 2015 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse prize for comic fiction
Irvine Welsh is the author of nine previous novels and four books of shorter fiction. He currently lives in Chicago.
"Raucous, filthy and funny." -- James Naughtie Radio 4 Today Programme "Without question, our most distinguished living exponent of the so- called "excremental vision of life" - a line that goes back (to pick a few names) via James Joyce, Swift, and Ben Jonson, to Chaucer, writers who have explored what meanings of human existence are to be found in the toilet bowl." -- John Sutherland The Times "Irvine Welsh, I think it's safe to say, is not a writer who's mellowing with age... Welsh's [language is an] astonishingly supple invention: one that can combine scabrousness and lyricism, comedy and ruefulness in the same paragraph... [if] you fancy an authentic and often thrilling blast of full-strength Irvine Welsh, then you're in for a treat." -- James Walton Spectator "It's a stern reader who wouldn't fall for his filthy charm." Sunday Telegraph "Whether your interest is piqued by the ridiculously expensive bottles of whiskey and the extraordinary lengths an American will go to own them or your heart strings are pulled by Wee Jonty's anguished love story, there's a multitude of ideas and human emotions that Welsh brings out among the laughter." -- Claire Inman Curious Animal Magazine