Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Irvine Welsh quote about "Here Come the Dogs"

"Here Come the Dogs", my debut novel, is out on July 23 in all good Aussie/NZ bookstores!

Let me tell you a little story about how much this means to me. When I was 13, my mum snuck me into Electric Shadows cinema in Canberra to watch Trainspotting, on a whim (it was R rated). We walked in late, during the toilet diving scene. Like many, I was transfixed by the world portrayed in the movie, and after watching the credits, realised the movie was based on a book. I immediately got the book and it changed my life. My English teacher at school said it wasn't proper literature, but this book (which I've read every few years since then) changed how I viewed literature - where to look for stories, where redemption can be found, how poetry can be found in the colloquial. Now, 17 years on, I got to hand my first novel to a guy who changed my life. That alone makes me feel as if my life has come full circle in a way. But the fact that he liked it is mind blowing and moving and makes the angst of writing the damn thing worthwhile.. So, so cool

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