Irvine Welsh returns to Edinburgh, the home of Trainspotting and so many of his novels since, with a new novel featuring one of his most iconic and beloved characters—'Juice' Terry Lawson—that's thick on the Scottish brogue, heavy on the filth and masterful in its comedic timing.
A Decent Ride sees Irvine Welsh back in Edinburgh, this time with one of his most compelling and popular characters front and center: the rampaging force of nature that is 'Juice' Terry Lawson, first seen in Glue.
Juice is a man who contains multitudes: he's a top shagger, drug-dealing, gonzo pornstar and taxi driver. As we ride along in Juice's cab through the depraved streets of Edinburgh, Juice encounters a series of charmingly filthy characters, each of whom present their own, uh, unique challenges. Has he finally met his match in Hurricane 'Bawbag'? Can he discover the fate of the missing beauty, Jinty Magdalen, and keep her idiot-savant lover, the man-child Wee Jonty, out of prison? Will he find out the real motives of unscrupulous American businessman and reality-TV star, Ronald Checker? And, crucially, will Juice be able to negotiate life after a terrible event robs him of his sexual virility, and can a new fascination for the game of golf help him to live without . . . a decent ride? (The meaning of the title is starting to sink in now, huh?). So buckle your seatbelts and prepare for one unforgettable ride.
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by Irvine Welsh
by JN Welsh
by Winston Groom
by Kaite Welsh
by Alex Irvine
by Gillian Roberts
by Judith Viorst
by Lewis Carroll
by Robert Hunt Rhodes
by Cornelius Tacitus
"Scottish cab driver, porn star, front-seat confidant, and ladies' man (to put it lightly) Terry "Juice" Lawson is a trip-and-a-half as he chauffeurs unsavory characters around Edinburgh and finds himself entwined in their complicated lives. The remarkable Scots actor Tam Dean Burn portrays the characters so accurately that some listeners may have to focus closely to understand the spicy lingo. Burn also transitions smoothly to portray unscrupulous American businessman and reality star Ronnie Checker as well as the suicidal playwright whom Terry sexually rehabilitates, locals from Edinburgh's underbelly, and many more. Burn understands performance timing, switching from comedy to drama with spot-on flair and spontaneity. Listeners should beware that this top-of-the-mark performance has it all--gritty encounters, "blue" exchanges, and hilarious and weirdly indecent scenarios, resulting in what is sure to be a cult classic. B.J.P. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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