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'Trainspotting' author Irvine Welsh's lust for life

Sebastian Partogi

The Jakarta Post

Ubud, Bali  /  Sun, January 12, 2020  /  03:56 pm
'Trainspotting' author Irvine Welsh's lust for life

Irvine Welsh (Anthony Wallace/Anthony Wallace)

Scottish author Irvine Welsh is back with his latest novel called Dead Men’s Trousers, reuniting readers with the cast of characters from his landmark 1993 novel Trainspotting. The fictional character Mark Renton is finally a success now, as Welsh’s publisher's website describes it. “Becoming an international jet-setter, he now makes significant money managing DJs,” the online synopsis states, describing the good fortunes that have seemingly affected the character, who in the previous Trainspotting novel series seemed to just wander aimlessly through his life, along with his pals Frank Begbie, Sick Boy and Spud – all drug addicts. Renton’s latest incarnation might have been influenced by Welsh’s own personal experience working with party music himself. When he was appearing onstage durin...