The '90s was a decade of mundane market-consumer nothingness where there was nothing coming up from the streets; you just had someone in an office deciding what was cool.

Irvine Welsh

Irvine Welsh

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: Scottish

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I wouldn't care about hurting myself or anybody else. Because I know now that doing things doesn't hurt you; you get hurt by avoiding them.

I enjoy the freedom of the blank page.

Writers in Britain aren't really celebrities. You become kind of a darling of a small set.

If you're going to do something that's going to cause offence to people, you're always going to get a reaction.

I'm a failed musician rather than a successful writer.

You can only learn through failure, and what ye learn is the importance ay preparation.

You fucking knew that fucking cunt would fuck some cunt.

What worries me is the professionalism of everything.

Well Joe, the truth is that you're not a bad guy, but you have been a bit mysogynistic and homophobic. So your punishment is to make you walk the earth as a homosexual ghost buggering your old mates and aquaitances.

She's lovely and she's with Skinner, and they're probably in love and there's no justice in this world.

His mind raced through past horrors experienced first hand and from the accounts of others. He mentally flipped through a grim database which contained everything from vegan flatmates to psychotic pimps.

With the gift of faith, we move on.

Was he an alcoholic? What was that? Someone who drinks all the time? Who can't say no to a drink? Who drinks in secret? Somebody who anticipates the next drink before he's finished with the one in front of him?

Holy Joy were a cult '80s band led by the wonderful songwriting genius that is Johny Brown.