If You Liked School, You'll Love Work

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W. W. Norton & Company, Sep 17, 2007 - Fiction - 391 pages
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Irvine Welsh, the author of Trainspotting, is up to his old tricks with his new work of transgressive short fiction.

Irvine Welsh's first short-story collection since his debut work The Acid House presents five extraordinary stories, which remind us that he is a master of the short form, a brilliant storyteller, and—unarguably—one of today's funniest and most subversive writers. In "Rattlesnakes" three young Americans, lost in the desert, are accosted by two armed Mexicans. A Korean chef and a Chicago socialite find themselves connected through the disappearance of a pooch named Toto in "The D.O.G.S. of Lincoln Park." And in the title story, Mickey Baker—an ex-pat English bar owner living on the Costa Brava—tries to keep all of his balls in the air: maintaining his barmaid's weight at the sexual maximum, attending to the youthful Persephone, and dodging his ex-wife and Spanish gangsters.

In typically Welshian fashion, the characters and settings are anything but typical. These stories will make you laugh and gasp.

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Some of his best comedic writing. - Goodreads
Hysterical as usual, twisty endings, as usual. - Goodreads
The other tales aren't really worth writing about. - Goodreads

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I love this book , Irvine Wesh is one of my favourite writers even though it is often hard to read such brutal vulgarity. There is something beautiful in seeing the words and reading the words of a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jeff Suwak - Goodreads

Welsh has a great writing style and his personality can pull a fellow through a book and give more than a few chuckles. Overall, though, the general nihilistic purposelessness of his writing doesn't do much for me. This book was no different. Read full review

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If You Liked School Youll Love Work
The DOGS of Lincoln Park
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Kingdom of Fife

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About the author (2007)

Irvine Welsh is the author of Trainspotting, Ecstacy, Filth (soon to be a major motion picture), Glue, Porno, and Crime, among other works. Welsh is also producing movies and writing screenplays. A native of Edinburgh, he lives in Chicago and Miami.

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