Irvine Welsh is ’embarrassed’ to write books because he knows his mother will read them

Irvine Welsh has revealed that he is still embarrassed about writing his books because he knows his mother will read them.

The author said 91-year-old Jean will get all of his novels as soon as they are published.

The 62-year-old Welshman rose to fame with Trainspotting, his 1993 novel about heroin addicts in Edinburgh, which was converted into the film starring Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle.

His other successful novels included Porno, Filth, and The Bedroom Secrets of Masterchefs.

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Known for his graphic descriptions of drug use, sex, and violence, he admits that knowing loved ones are reading them creates “fear”.

However, he insisted that the books would not work unless he felt humiliated to write some of the X-rated material in them.

On the BBC series Midnight Meets, he said, “Every time I finish a book, my first reaction is, ‘Oh my god, my mother will read this. What will she think about it? ‘

Irvine Welsh’s book Filth

“My mom is still there, she’s in her 90s now and she’s still reading my books. I still have this fear.

“That terrible fear of social embarrassment that my mother will read it, my friends will read it, my girlfriend will read it.

“I think you must feel like you are being humiliated and dragged through the streets in stocks while rotten tomatoes are thrown at me.

“If you don’t have that, it won’t work. You have to feel incredibly uncomfortable and feel like you’re dying of social embarrassment bringing out a book or it won’t work. “

The Edinburgh-born Welshman previously spoke of his mother comparing the food in her kitchen to torture on the water.

The author told his 288,000 Twitter followers that Jean’s meals were “practically inedible”.

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Welsh wrote online, insisting that residents of “Scottish apartment buildings have not eaten like this since the 1970s”.

He continued, “I feel like I’m going to mutate into a Marvel supervillain because of the sheer toxicity.”

He added, “It’s not mean. Refuses to be exposed to any culinary form of waterboarding when I walk into this house. “

But the millionaire faced a backlash for publicly shaming Jean’s culinary skills. Twitter users called Welsh mean, lazy, and ungrateful.

Co-author Bill Bain replied, “Too much of the good life.”

And the broadcaster Muriel Gray said: “Thu. Not. Be. Mean. To. Your throat. “

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