Few books fulfil the promise of their titles so graphically as Filth by Irvine Welsh says Alan Taylor (9 August ). Yes, things are going badly for this utterly corrupt tribune of the law, but in an Irvine Welsh novel nothing is ever so bad that it can’t get a whole lot worse. Filth. Irvine Welsh, Author W. W. Norton & Company $ (p) ISBN Welsh begins with a detective’s investigation into a murder–the death of a Ghanaian.

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Maybe we shouldnae stigmatise the guy by referring to him by such a pejorative term as victim? Nevertheless, if you can stomach some of the more gruesome parts, and are a fan of Welsh’s gritty, inner city, drug addled realism, you’re in for a sleazy, but thrilling insight into a truly disturbed mind. He’s waving it away ostentatiously and he thinks it’s fucking Toal! I ask, glad that I omitted that term ‘gaffer’.

Bruce Robertson is a nasty, nasty piece of work, making Francis Begbie look positively choirboy-like in comparison. The worm knows his roots in the age-old way that those who stay behind in Scotland are apt to cut down those who have gone away and believe they have made it in the great metropolises. That starts them chattering, too loudly for them to notice that my teeth are doing the same.

And the book absolutely stands up as an entertaining and worthwhile read because of it. Bruce is not to be taken seriously, he’s not where you draw your morals from that would be Drummond, Bruce’s antagonist.

The best way to describe how this novel is reading it is like getting to know someone. Sembra strano, ma dall Io non ho parole. Quite the opposite, in fact. There’s plenty of twists in this to keep the reader entertained, and Welsh includes some typically humourous bits.


Filth is a novel by Scottish writer Irvine Welsh. Telling you the most brilliant thing about this novel would spoil the whole thing. Apart from the general malevolent scheming, along the way Bruce Robertson also seeks to satisfy his cravings for violence, drugs, sex, and pornography whilst happily voicing his racism, anti-Catholic sectarianismand misogynyall the while pining for his ex-wife.

The technique is to let the fart ooze out a bit before you head off, or you just take it with you in your troosers tae the next port of call.

Conceivably, Filth could be filthier. I know that spazwit’s crack; the bastard wants tae be a fuckin scriptwriter. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Dougie Gillman’s eyes are on Karen Fulton’s erse, which is not a bad place for them to be.

Overall, this is a fun ride. My bad fart, most likely. I feel a bit light, then it’s like my brain starts to birl in my head sending my thoughts and emotions cascading around. He is the ultimate betrayer, welsg only sleeping with his brother’s wife and his best friend’s wife but also turning his back on the mining community tilth he was brought up at the time of the strike.

The novel begins by introducing the murder of Efan Wurie, a case Bruce has been assigned.

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Now I’m sitting with a bad nut and Toal’s thriving on this. Absolutely my favorite Welsh read. He would look in the mirror, desperately looking for what everybody else saw in weleh that was so ‘wrong’, so ‘sick’, so ‘filthy’.

The Acid House Wedding Belles Someone has pished in its remains and rice floats on a small freezing reservoir of urine. His words, thoughts and actions end up with you angry and repulsed and swallowing back a bit of your own vomit.


We see, from his eyes, what even he doesn’t see himself as he loses control and that his coworkers he flth pathetic are much more on top of things than he is… Welsh is crude, vulgar, sick and very ifvine in this book, and spins out a fantastic tale.

My reaction to Bruce Robertson was not much different. BairdIrvine Welsh based on the novel by. They’re just a form of self-defense, because at his deep core, Bruce is a good man.

Thieving, rape, drugs. And that’s just the police

Also his books have more than one plot point. His hair was cut short. Io non ho parole. Filth is a masterpiece A story of loss told through abuse, consumption, self loathing and Tapeworms.

Every bad thing about every person is funny. Works by Irvine Welsh. You knew that some day you’d have to get round to doing something about it. It also stumbles upon the existence of other worms collectively named by the initial worm as “The Other”. See all 5 questions about Wepsh. There are irritating flies in the ointment, though, including a missing wife, a nagging cocaine habit, a dramatic deterioration in his genital health, a string of increasingly demanding extra-marital affairs.

Couple all of this with a truly satisfying ending, and this is one of the most fun and memorable reads I’ve come across. You just pity qelsh or point at him and laugh at his ignorance. My friend and neighbour, Tom Stronach, a professional footballer and a fanny-merchant extraordinaire, knows all about that.