Irvine Welsh

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Birth Name: Irvine Welsh
Born: 09/27/1958

Welsh's fiction is said to draw heavily on his own background; he was born and raised in Edinburgh, the son of a waitress and a dock worker, and left school to study electrical engineering. He then moved to London, sang in a punk band, and fell into a life of petty crime and heroin addiction. After some run-ins with the police, Welsh cleaned up his act and returned to Scotland. At any rate, this is the official biography version; other incarnations of his life story place his birth in 1951, not 1958, and posit a gentler, more middle class existence for the writer - a Guardian, article once described his early life as "a series of elusive, unsubstantiated rumors" (February 4, 1996). A... Continue Bio >>

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