Spot the Difference: Irvine Welsh

Spot the Difference: Irvine Welsh
Irvine Welsh: the writer is working on a musical, a TV series and more fiction PIc: Justin Williams/Rex

More than 20 years on from the sensational success of Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh is a changed man – not least for his unlikely embrace of healthy living

Irvine Welsh has been in Dublin for less than 24 hours, but already he has managed to out-hipster me.

Within two minutes of our meeting, Welsh – the revered author of Trainspotting as well as Porno, Marabou Stork Nightmares, Skagboys and a host of other novels – lets slip that he spent the previous evening at Hang Dai, the ultra-cool new Chinese restaurant on Camden Street which has DJs spinning vinyl in the evenings.

“I’m sorry!” Welsh laughs...

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