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  • Published: 2 August 2004
  • ISBN: 9780099465898
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $19.99


The seminal novel that changed the face of British fiction - repackaged for a new generation.

The bestselling novel by Irvine Welsh that provided the inspiration for Danny Boyle's hit film

Choose us. Choose life. Choose mortgage payments; choose washing machines; choose cars; choose sitting oan a couch watching mind-numbing and spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fuckin junk food intae yir mooth. Choose rotting away, pishing and shiteing yersel in a home, a total fuckin embarrassment tae the selfish, fucked-up brats ye've produced. Choose life.

  • Pub date: 2 August 2004
  • ISBN: 9780099465898
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Irvine Welsh

Irvine Welsh is the author of eleven previous novels and four books of shorter fiction. He currently lives in Chicago.



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Praise for Trainspotting

“Abhorrently dark and raw to the core, Trainspotting is an insight into one of life’s many ugly personalities — addiction and the accompanying domino effect of grim inevitabilities… Irvine Welsh’s novel will always be a cult classic.”

Tori Chalmers, Culture Trip

“Welsh’s skill as a storyteller is undeniable, bringing both wit and compassion to a grim subject matter. If you liked Danny Boyle’s film adaptation, you’ll love the original.”

Maddy Searle

“The voice of punk, grown up, grown wiser and grown eloquent”

Sunday Times

“The best book ever written by man or woman... Deserves to sell more copies than the bible”

Rebel Inc

“Welsh writes with a skill, wit and compassion that amounts to genius. He is the best thing that has happened to British writing for decades”

Sunday Times

“A novel perpetually in a starburst of verbal energy - a vernacular spectacular... The stories we hear are retched from the gullet”

Scotland on Sunday

“An unremitting powerhouse of a novel that marked the arrival of a major new talent. Trainspotting is a loosely knotted string of jagged dislocated tales that lay bare the hearts of darkness of the junkies, wideboys and psychos who ride the down escalator of opportunity in the nation's capital. Loud with laughter in the dark, this novel is the real Mccoy”


“A page-turner... Trainspotting gives lies to any cosy notions of a classless society”

Independent on Sunday

“Trainspotting marked the capital debut of a capital writer. This marvellous novel might feel like a bad day in Bedlam, but boy is it exhilarating”

“The Scottish Celine”


“One of the most significant writers in Britain. He writes with style, imagination, wit and force”

Times Literary Supplement

“As clever as Alasdair Gray, as elegant as Jeff Torrington, as passionate as James Kelman, Welsh has got it all”

“Welsh has certainly described the world surrounding Edinburgh's underground drug movement with a most amazing intimacy”


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