Irvine Welsh to tour Scotland with new book

Irvine Welsh: Four-date book tour in April. Picture: Jane Barlow
Irvine Welsh: Four-date book tour in April. Picture: Jane Barlow
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IRVINE Welsh will go on a four-date tour of Scotland in April to promote the release of his latest novel in the same month.

A Decent Ride is Welsh’s 10th novel, and tells the story sex-obsessed taxi driver, ‘Juice’ Terry Lawson, as he tries to missing woman Jinty Magdalen while trying to keep her lover Wee Jonty McKay - described by the publishers as a “man with the genitals and brain of a donkey” - out of trouble.

The 56-year-old, who lives in Chicago, will kick off the tour in Dundee before visiting Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh to promote the book.

Trainspotting author Welsh told the Daily Record that he hoped the book would heal divisions caused by the Scottish independence referendum.

“It’s been a time of great turbulence, excitement and a little discord in Scotland lately,” he said.

“But one thing we should all be agreeing on is our love of a decent ride. I’ll be offering that soon and I’m fervently hoping that the country can unite in saying Yes to a Decent Ride.”

The novel will be published on April 16.

Irvine Welsh tour dates

• Dundee, Gardyne Theatre, April 12

• Glasgow, Aye Write! festival, April 17

• Aberdeen, Aberdeen Performing Arts, April 18

• Edinburgh, The Royal Lyceum Theatre, April 19

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