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The Penguin Podcast

Penguin Books UK

Arts, Literature, Society & Culture

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An intimate fortnightly conversation with authors and the objects that inspired their books. #PenguinPodcast

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Irvine Welsh with Richard E. Grant

May 25th, 2016

Episode 52 of 63 episodes

Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh joins Richard E. Grant down the line from Chicago to talk about bringing back the incendiary Francis Begbie in his latest novel The Blade Artist. Irvine talks about a number of objects that shaped and inspired the novel, including a copy of The Big Issue and a pair of white gym socks. Irvine muses on how art can transform lives, talks about writing ultra-violence and explains the difference between a psychopath and a sociopath (sociopaths go into banking or politics). #PenguinPodcast

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