Glue by Irvine WelshGlue by Irvine Welsh


byIrvine Welsh

Paperback | May 1, 2001

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The Story of four boys growing up in the Edinburgh projects, Glue is about the loyalties, the experiences, and the secrets that hold friends together through three decades. The boys become men: Juice Terry, the work-shy fanny-merchant, with corkscrew curls and sticky fingers; Billy the boxer, driven, controlled, playing to his strengths; Carl, the Milky Bar Kid, drifting along to his own soundtrack; and the doomed Gally, exceedingly thin-skinned and vulnerable to catastrophe at every turn. We follow their lives from the seventies into the new century -- from punk to techno, from speed to E. Their mutual loyalty is fused in street morality: Back up your mates, don't hit women, and, most important, never snitch -- on anyone. Glue has the Irvine Welsh trademarks -- crackling dialogue, scabrous set pieces, and black, black humor -- but it is also a grown-up book about growing up -- about the way we live our lives, and what happens to us when things become unstuck.
Irvine Welsh was born in Edinburgh on September 27, 1958. After leaving school, he lived in London for awhile, but eventually returned to Edinburgh where he worked for the city council in the housing department. He received a degree in computer science and studied for an MBA at Heriot Watt University. His first novel, Trainspotting, wa...
Title:GlueFormat:PaperbackDimensions:469 pages, 9.22 × 6.14 × 0.82 inPublished:May 1, 2001Publisher:W. W. Norton & CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0393322157

ISBN - 13:9780393322156


Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Life is a dynamic rather than a static process, and when we don't change it kills us. It's not running away, it's moving on." 5/5 Stars! This has become my most favourite novel to ever exist. I first read this quite some time ago, and liked it. I can say, though, upon rereading Glue that I found myself tethered far more fiercely to the lives within the pages than I was bargaining for. Glue is about four guys who are friends and grow up. It also has a lot to do with their families, relationships, enemies and so much more. It's quite a remarkable read, in that it perfectly illustrates how much of a struggle it is to grow up, truly. Getting older is shit, and Irvine Welsh doesn't shy away from that. I love this damn novel. It makes me feel all the feels.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Four boys, four decades. This is classic Irvine Welsh. Four kids with goofy nicknames growing up in the "schemies" (projects). It's a great read - following these kids across four decades, as their friendships try to survive school, sex, kids, booze, fame, death, and various run-ins with the law. The language is fantastic - though difficult to read at times (for those of us not from working class Scotland). Dark, raunchy, and hilarious.
Date published: 2014-11-11