Irvine Welsh returns to ‘Trainspotting’ territory .
Jim Francis, a successful sculptor,living quiely with his family in California, is none other than anti-hero Francis Begbie, now a reformed character, his life having been turned around by an art therapy programme while in prison. His calling card is the creation of mutilated busts of celebrities. Once get your head around that unlikely circumstance, the story unfolds as the author returns to his favoured Edinburgh stamping ground.
The murder of his estranged son necessitates a return to the homeland, where old grudges are still strong and old alliances uncertain. Begbie is portrayed here as something of a Jekyll and Hyde character – the longer he remains in Scotland, the more his old personality reasserts itself and the more the laid back Californian attitudes recede into the distance.
As ever with Welsh’s novels, dark humour and grotesque viloence are present and correct in abundance, and the book ends with an unforeseen twist that begs for a sequel.
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Other novels by Welsh, esspecially the Edinburgh based ones, which are by far the author’s strongest territory.
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