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Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh

Set amongst Edinburgh’s troubled housing estates, Trainspotting introduces memorable characters who have never known work, who defy the materialist ethos of 1980's Britain and who embrace music, drink and drugs as the only truth in a nation of lies. This book is remarkable in the way it deals with class politics and for the power and range of its voice.
Irvine Welsh was born in Edinburgh.

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Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh