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'Trainspotting' author Irvine Welsh: ‘People like me can’t stay addicted to heroin'

He roared onto the British literary scene 20 years ago with "Trainspotting", tracing the exuberant depravities of Scottish drug fiends. A hit film by Danny Boyle followed, with an iconic poster and soundtrack making "Choose Life" the counter culture manifesto for the Nirvana generation.

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The author has returned to Renton, Sick Boy and Begbie with his eighth book "Skagboys" that's just been translated into French. Irvine Welsh speaks to Eve Jackson about returning to the dark world of "Trainspotting", Ted Cruz’s Christian Saudi Arabia and why he was never destined to be a heroin addict.

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