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Why you must read Irvine Welsh

books Updated: Jan 26, 2011 00:17 IST

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Because anyone who says: "We human beings are programmed to failure. We're somehow tuned to make terrible life decisions and that fascinates me" deserves our love and attention.

If in Trainspotting, the Scottish writer marked his spot by writing about a drink'n'drugs-ridden gritty Edinburgh netherland, then the forthcoming prequel of that landmark 1993 novel — from which he read out a portion on sex with the disabled in Jaipur — will shake us up from literary and existential torpor.