Irvine Welsh

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The novelist Irvine Welsh, born in Leith near to the docks and to the Hibernian Easter Road football ground in Edinburgh, claims to have been born in 1958, but others cite 1961, and one Observer article has even claimed the Glasgow police say his records show his birth year as 1951. Though he did not adapt the famous film of his first novel Trainspotting (1993), he has become a writer for screen, stage, and television. Trainspotting has been considered a landmark in contemporary culture by many critics. This is for a number of reasons: it created a new international literary bestseller that was distinctly Scottish; it had as great if not greater success in its adaptations as film and play; it was read in clubs and …

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Childs, Peter. "Irvine Welsh". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2004
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