Thursday December 5, 2019

Not a lot of new ideas to spot in Welsh’s latest novel

Fiction: The Blade Artist; By Irvine Welsh; Jonathan Cape, €17.25

17th April, 2016
Irvine Welsh: Blade Artist has its moments, but there’s a distinct sense of the author going through the motions Pic: Getty

He’s a couple of months late for the 20th anniversary of Trainspotting hitting the world’s screens, but then Frank Begbie was never a man for punctuality, or professionalism, or indeed anything that even vaguely reeked of bourgeois pursuits.

In Irvine Welsh’s 11th novel, however, it is initially made clear that we’re not dealing with Begbie as such, but rather the creature he later became.

Once the kind...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

Ageism is not okay, whether it’s directed at a younger generation or an older one, as an ‘Ok boomer’-spouting Generation Z should know

Nadine O’Regan | 2 weeks ago

Memories of a rural childhood come flooding back on discovery of a curated Twitter account called Ireland’s Farmers

Emer McLysaght | 2 weeks ago

In a career of highs and lows coaching Ireland and then Wales, Warren Gatland has never shied away from making tough or unpopular decisions. Garry Doyle finds him ready to engage

Garry Doyle | 2 weeks ago