Irvine Welsh

Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting, just released his latest novel, Filth, in the U.S.

Q: You ordered decaf? Isn't that kind of wimpy for a guy who writes about drugs?

A: Yeah, totally. But in America they keep pouring you coffee, so I've had about eight cups of coffee this morning.

Q: I hear that you like to write on a drug comedown. I sometimes like to write on a sugar high, so I know what you mean, man.

A: That's why my books are quite nasty.

Q: Yeah, there's not a lot of love in your books. Do you...

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