Skagboys : Mark Renton

  • by Irvine Welsh
  • Narrated by Tam Dean Burn
  • Series: Mark Renton
  • 24 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Mark Renton has it all: He's good-looking, young, with a pretty girlfriend and a place at university. But there's no room for him in the 1980s.Thatcher's government is destroying working-class communities across Britain, and the post-war certainties of full employment, educational opportunity and a welfare state are gone. When his family starts to fracture, Mark's life swings out of control and he succumbs to the defeatism which has taken hold in Edinburgh's grimmer areas.
The way out is heroin. It's no better for his friends. Spud Murphy is laid off from his job, Tommy Lawrence feels himself being sucked into a life of petty crime and violence - the worlds of the thieving Matty Connell and psychotic Franco Begbie. Only Sick Boy, the supreme manipulator of the opposite sex, seems to ride the current, scamming and hustling his way through it all. Skagboys charts their journey from likely lads to young men addicted to the heroin which has flooded their disintegrating community.
This is the 1980s: a time of drugs, poverty, AIDS, violence, political strife, and hatred - but a lot of laughs, and maybe just a little love; a decade that changed Britain for ever. The prequel to the world-renowned Trainspotting, this is an exhilarating and moving book, full of the scabrous humour, salty vernacular and appalling behaviour that has made Irvine Welsh a household name.

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Sweary, sweary

If you can overlook the sweary nature of this book you'll be treated to a finely crafted work. The characters are finessed; displaying their frailties their strengths of personality.

I loved the story, and the narrator brought it to life.
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- Joanne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-05-2012
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks