Next month Irvine Welsh will embark on a UK book tour for his new novel, The Blade Artist.
The book delves into the life of one of Trainspotting’s most notorious characters, Francis Begbie. In light of this, here are five pearls of wisdom about life from the man himself.
1. “Mates are a waste of f***ing time. They are always ready to drag you down tae their level of social, sexual and intellectual mediocrity.” (Trainspotting)
Let’s face it, there has definitely been a time when you’ve looked around at your friends and thought – ‘I’m better than these reprobates’.
2. “… Basically, we live a short, disappointing life; and then we die. We fill up oor lives wi sh*te, things like careers and relationships tae delude oorsels that it isnae aw totally pointless.” (Trainspotting)
While it may be dark, we can’t help but think there is some honest truth here.
3. “Ah suppose man, ah’m too much ay a perfectionist, ken? It’s likesay, if things go a bit dodgy, ah jist cannae be bothered, y’know” (Trainspotting)
The real reason we haven’t started that university assessment or pushed ourselves for that promotion, we’re perfectionists – ken?
4. “Ah didnae really know much aboot women. Ah didnae really know much aboot anything.” (Trainspotting)
5. “The politics of the last twenty years in Britain are liars’ politics. The problem is we are ruled by the weak and the small-minded, who are too stupid to know that they are weak and small-minded.” (Ecstasy)
Do we even need to elaborate?
Catch one of Irvine Welsh’s readings here:
3 April: Huddersfield Literature Festival
3 April: Manchester Dancehouse
4 April: Preston University of Central Lancashire
5 April: Glasgow Aye Write! at Royal Concert Hall
6 April: St Andrews Town Hall
6 April: Stirling Albert Halls
7 April: London Book Slam at York Hall
8 April: Brighton Sallis Benney Theatre
9 April: Cambridge Literary Festival
10 April: Edinburgh – with special guest Robert Carlyle at Usher Hall