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Irvine Welsh

Irvine WelshBorn: 27-Sep-1961
Birthplace: Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Novelist

Nationality: Scotland
Executive summary: Trainspotting

Details about Welsh's personal life are difficult to come by. He may have been born in 1958, 1959, or 1961, and is perhaps married but is well known in the club scene. He is an ecstasy user and advocate. Before success as an author, Welsh held a number of insignificant jobs, and made some money refurbishing London properties in the 1980's. His 1998 income from royalties was over 1 million.

"Of course, although it certainly helps, I don't need drink and drugs to make an absolute prick of myself. Even sober, I'm the master of the faux pas. I blame this on the incredible arrogance of being so wrapped up in myself that I can't be bothered to pay attention to what's going on around me." [In Mortification: Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame, 2004]

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Author of books:
Trainspotting (1993)
The Acid House (1994)
Marabou Stork Nightmares (1995)
Ecstasy, Three Tales of Chemical Romance (1996)
Filth (1998)
Glue (2001)
Porno (2002)

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