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Skagboys

(2012)
(A book in the Trainspotting series)
A novel by

 
 
Mark Renton has it all: he's good-looking, young, with a pretty girlfriend and a place at university. But there's no room for him in the 1980s. Thatcher's government is destroying working-class communities across Britain, and the post-war certainties of full employment, educational opportunity and a welfare state are gone. When his family starts to fracture, Mark's life swings out of control and he succumbs to the defeatism which has taken hold in Edinburgh's grimmer areas. The way out is heroin.

It's no better for his friends. Spud Murphy is paid off from his job, Tommy Lawrence feels himself being sucked into a life of petty crime and violence - the worlds of the thieving Matty Connell and psychotic Franco Begbie. Only Sick Boy, the supreme manipulator of the opposite sex, seems to ride the current, scamming and hustling his way through it all.

Skagboys charts their journey from likely lads to young men addicted to the heroin which has flooded their disintegrating community. This is the 1980s: a time of drugs, poverty, AIDS, violence, political strife and hatred - but a lot of laughs, and maybe just a little love; a decade which changed Britain for ever. The prequel to the world-renowned Trainspotting, this is an exhilarating and moving book, full of the scabrous humour, salty vernacular and appalling behaviour that has made Irvine Welsh a household name.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: Skagboys
Author(s): Irvine Welsh
ISBN: 0-393-08873-1 / 978-0-393-08873-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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April 2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: Skagboys
Author(s): Irvine Welsh
ISBN: 0-224-08790-8 / 978-0-224-08790-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
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Paperback Editions

1997 : USA Paperback
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Title: Skagboys
Author(s): Irvine Welsh
ISBN: 0-393-34505-X / 978-0-393-34505-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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March 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Skagboys (Trainspotting)
Author(s): Irvine Welsh
ISBN: 0-09-953558-0 / 978-0-09-953558-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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March 2013 : UK Paperback

Title: Skagboys
Author(s): Irvine Welsh
ISBN: 0-09-953559-9 / 978-0-09-953559-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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April 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Skagboys
Author(s): Irvine Welsh
ISBN: 0-224-08791-6 / 978-0-224-08791-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
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Audio Editions

July 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Skagboys
Author(s): Irvine Welsh
Publisher: Audible Studios
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May 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Skagboys
Author(s): Irvine Welsh
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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May 2012 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Skagboys
Author(s): Irvine Welsh
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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May 2012 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Skagboys
Author(s): Irvine Welsh
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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2012 : UK Audio CD

Title: Skagboys
Author(s): Irvine Welsh, Narrator Tam Dean Burn
ISBN: 1-4481-2292-9 / 978-1-4481-2292-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: AudioGO
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Kindle Editions

September 2012 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Skagboys (Mark Renton series Book 1)
Author(s): Irvine Welsh
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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April 2012 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Skagboys (Mark Renton Series Book 1)
Author(s): Irvine Welsh
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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