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Irvine Welsh's world of addictions

He was the "poet laureate of the chemical generation" in the 1990s, but these days the man behind cult novel and movie "Trainspotting", the Scottish writer Irvine Welsh, is swapping popping pills in clubs for working out at the gym. Or rather, his characters are, in his latest book "The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins".

France 24 literature critic Sylvia Whitman caught up with him while he was in Paris to talk about that book as well as his previous novel, "Crime", which delves into the murky world of paedophilia, and is out here in France. While the novels have very different plots, they both see the man who "wrote Scotland" move out of his home country... and his comfort zone. 

By Jade BARKER

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