Trainspotting character Begbie to star in Irvine Welsh Christmas story


Trainspotting hardman Francis Begbie is to make a comeback in a Christmas story by author Irvine Welsh.

The writer has penned a short novel about the Begbie family experiencing “the ultimate nightmare family Christmas”.



Robert Carlyle as hardman Francis Begbie in Trainspotting

The Providers focuses on the psychotic character, played by Robert Carlyle in the Trainspotting films, visiting his ill mother in Edinburgh over the festive period after being released from prison.

The new tale is part of a collection of three novellas in a book called The Seal Club by Edinburgh-born Welsh and fellow authors Alan Warner and John King.

Publisher London Books’ website reads: “In Welsh’s The Providers, a terminally ill woman’s family gather in Edinburgh for her last Christmas, but everyone needs to be on their best behaviour, and that includes her son Frank, recently released from prison and trying to forge a new life as an artist.

“The ultimate nightmare family Christmas looms, where secrets and lies explode like fireworks.”

●The Seal Club is published next Thursday.





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