I know it seems like we only just started Book Club and whilst not all of us have even cracked February’s book, it’s time to announce what’s on the horizon for next month!
Get your library waiting lists/online orders sorted, because come March 1, we are delving into the deep, dark world of:
Och aye. Trainspotting, by Irvine Welsh. I’d suggest brushing up on your Scots now!
Trainspotting is the first novel by Scottish writer Irvine Welsh, first published in 1993. Set in the late 80s, and revolving around various stories of addictions and the resulting destructive behaviours of a group of friends in Edinburgh, it’s been called “the voice of punk, grown up, grown wiser and grown eloquent”.
It’s also a complete mind fuck to read. A handy hint if you don’t have a handy Scottish uncle or are not from there: if you get stuck, try reading it aloud! You’ll sound ridiculous but things can make a bit more sense when the ears hear what the eye cannot comprehend. Ye ken?
Also, if you’re not familiar: there’s drugs and swearing. Lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and a bit more on top of that.
Some of you are going to hate it. It’s not going to be a breeze for anyone. Hopefully you’ll get a giggle and a nostalgic walk down memory lane. Some of us will start watching Ewen McGregor films and yet others will spend a good half an hour scrolling through the Scottish Banter Facebook page and laughing so hard you can’t breathe.
You can find the hard copy of Trainspotting on Amazon, on Kindle at Amazon, on eBay, and the audio version on audible. Check your local library, the website of your State Library, and ebook borrowing sites online. Hard copies are available online at Booktopia (currently 51% off), the Book Depository, and Abebooks (although that can take a while to ship). If you’re quick, there’s one left on Brotherhood Books for $6. For in-store in Melbs, I love Brunswick Bound and Readings, but it should be available in your local, or they can get it in.
About the Veggie Mama Book Club
This is super-chill, read what you want, as much or as little as you want, participate however you want kind of book club. Maybe challenge yourself a little because that is a good thing, but let this not be a burden.
We’ll pick a book per month and discuss it both on the blog and in the Facebook group (and for locals, in real life, over a beverage and platter of some type).
You can share at any time anywhere with the hashtag #vmbookclub and you can tag me @veggie_mama. I am also open to suggestions at any time, and I look forward to us maybe getting out of our literary comfort zones and always learning something when we do, even if we don’t like the book itself. Or the author. Or Tuesdays. Or broccoli.
See you back here at the end of March for a bookish chat about Trainspotting!