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Trainspotting: 20 years on

12 March 2016 3:47 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




What made Trainspotting so special? We take a look back at Danny Boyle's classic, as it heads towards its 20th birthday...

Trainspotting, by Irvine Welsh, was first published in 1993. The novel grew from a series of short stories into a collection of non-linear connected vignettes based around a group of heroin addicts from Leith and their acquaintances. Parts of the novel – which grew from Welsh's diaries after being inspired by the early Nineties rave scene – were published in a variety of journals and pamphlets across Scotland, including New Writing Scotland and Rebel Inc. One of these publishers passed on the work to Secker & Warburg, who published it despite not feeling it had much commercial value (though they had previously put out works by Orwell, Kafka, and Simone de Beauvoir).

Written from multiple characters' perspectives in a variety of accents, it was longlisted for the Booker Prize »

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