This book really does see Irvine Welsh back doing what he does best. For some reason I was expecting to be disappointed by Skagboys, but I was gripped from the start, with Renton's involvement in the Battle of Orgreave giving a real feel of life during the mid 80's, and the hopelessness that led many in working class communities to seek solace in heroin.
By the end of the book you can really feel the desperation of the main characters as they set off on a scam to try and cure the sickness of withdrawal. If you liked Trainspotting, you must read this book. If you've never read Irvine Welsh before, this is as good a place as any to start.