A Decent Ride

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Shortlisted for the 2015 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse prize for comic fiction.

A rampaging force of nature is wreaking havoc on the streets of Edinburgh, but has top shagger, drug-dealer, gonzo-porn-star and taxi-driver, ‘Juice’ Terry Lawson, finally met his match in Hurricane ‘Bawbag’?

Can Terry discover the fate of the missing beauty, Jinty Magdalen, and keep her idiot-savant lover, the man-child Wee Jonty, out of prison?

Will he find out the real motives of unscrupulous American businessman and reality-TV star, Ronald Checker?

And, crucially, will Terry be able to negotiate life after a terrible event robs him of his sexual virility, and can a new fascination for the game of golf help him to live without… A DECENT RIDE?

A Decent Ride sees Irvine Welsh back on home turf, leaving us in the capable hands of one of his most compelling and popular characters, ‘Juice’ Terry Lawson, and introducing another bound for cult status, Wee Jonty MacKay: a man with the genitals and brain of a donkey.

In his funniest, filthiest book yet, Irvine Welsh celebrates an un-reconstructed misogynist hustler — a central character who is shameless but also, oddly, decent — and finds new ways of making wild comedy out of fantastically dark material, taking on some of the last taboos. So fasten your seatbelts, because this is one ride that could certainly get a little bumpy…

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Irwin Welsh (English I rvine Welsh ) Contemporary Scottish writer. Irwin Welch was born on September 27, 1958 in Leith, a suburb of Edinburgh. At the age of four, he moved with his parents to Edinburgh, where after school he completed courses in the specialty of an electrical engineer. He worked as a technician`s apprentice on television, but after an electric shock he was forced to change jobs. In 1978, the twenty-year-old Welsh traveled to London, where he played guitar and sang in the punk bands The Pubic Lice and Stairway 13.

He then returned to Edinburgh where he earned a computer science degree from Heriot Watt University. Then he left the British Isles and moved to the continent, to Amsterdam. Now he lives in Dublin with his wife Elizabeth. In the early 90s he began to write. His first novel, Trainspotting (1993), is a darkly humorous tale of the everyday life of young drug addicts in Edinburgh in the late 1980s. It is largely an autobiographical book. Welch spent his youth among drug addicts, but, having moved to Amsterdam, found the strength to get off the needle. Welch became the only drug addict to survive the AIDS epidemic. In 1996, Denny Boyle directed Trainspotting`s Trainspotting film Trainspotting. The soundtrack to the tape also became popular, which included compositions by Welch`s group "Primal Scream". After that, Welch wrote a number of books and at the moment remains one of the most popular writers in the counterculture genre. However, Welch`s popularity in Russia can hardly be compared with his popularity in the West. Hardly anyone would think of stealing his books from the shops. Tough stylistics, slang, drugs, rave, football, sex, the life of working-class suburbs of Edinburgh, post-punk generation, or "generation X", to use a term that entered the culture thanks to another writer - Canadian Douglas Copeland - these are the components of Welch`s success. Now almost all discussion of the evolution of Western youth culture at the end of the twentieth century is firmly associated with the name of Welch. His works have already become the subject of literary, sociological and philosophical reflection. They talk about him, mentioning not only the ideologues of punk, but also Georges Bataille, Celine and Baudrillard, which, however, only makes Welch`s marginality even more obvious on Russian literary soil. He himself emphasizes his "non-literary character". Experience as such, presented in texts that claim to depict life without embellishment. Everything is very simple and dirty, no illusions or sentimentality for you. And no beauties. The only thing that brings existence beyond the disappointing routine is narcotic trance and orgies. For Welsh`s heroes, there is only a way down, a way of destruction. They are prepared in advance for defeat and consciously choose it. More precisely, they do not choose, but blindly move towards it. Because there is no question of choice.  Irwin Welch interviews .  Wikipedia , Irwin Welch`s official site < / a>, IMDb .

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Irwin Welsh (English I rvine Welsh ) Contemporary Scottish writer. Irwin Welch was born on September 27, 1958 in Leith, a suburb of Edinburgh. At the age of four, he moved with his parents to Edinburgh, where after school he completed courses in the specialty of an electrical engineer. He worked as a technician`s apprentice on television, but after an electric shock he was forced to change jobs. In 1978, the twenty-year-old Welsh traveled to London, where he played guitar and sang in the punk bands The Pubic Lice and Stairway 13. He then returned to Edinburgh where he earned a computer science degree from Heriot Watt University. Then he left the British Isles and moved to the continent, to Amsterdam. Now he lives in Dublin with his wife Elizabeth. In the early 90s he began to write. His first novel, Trainspotting (1993), is a darkly humorous tale of the everyday life of young drug addicts in Edinburgh in the late 1980s. It is largely an autobiographical book. Welch spent his youth among drug addicts, but, having moved to Amsterdam, found the strength to get off the needle. Welch became the only drug addict to survive the AIDS epidemic. In 1996, Denny Boyle directed Trainspotting`s Trainspotting film Trainspotting. The soundtrack to the tape also became popular, which included compositions by Welch`s group "Primal Scream". After that, Welch wrote a number of books and at the moment remains one of the most popular writers in the counterculture genre. However, Welch`s popularity in Russia can hardly be compared with his popularity in the West. Hardly anyone would think of stealing his books from the shops. Tough stylistics, slang, drugs, rave, football, sex, the life of working-class suburbs of Edinburgh, post-punk generation, or "generation X", to use a term that entered the culture thanks to another writer - Canadian Douglas Copeland - these are the components of Welch`s success. Now almost all discussion of the evolution of Western youth culture at the end of the twentieth century is firmly associated with the name of Welch. His works have already become the subject of literary, sociological and philosophical reflection. They talk about him, mentioning not only the ideologues of punk, but also Georges Bataille, Celine and Baudrillard, which, however, only makes Welch`s marginality even more obvious on Russian literary soil. He himself emphasizes his "non-literary character". Experience as such, presented in texts that claim to depict life without embellishment. Everything is very simple and dirty, no illusions or sentimentality for you. And no beauties. The only thing that brings existence beyond the disappointing routine is narcotic trance and orgies. For Welsh`s heroes, there is only a way down, a way of destruction. They are prepared in advance for defeat and consciously choose it. More precisely, they do not choose, but blindly move towards it. Because there is no question of choice.  Irwin Welch interviews .  Wikipedia , Irwin Welch`s official site , IMDb .