Irvine Welsh’s delight to receive royalties for stolen copies of Trainspotting

Irvine Welsh – the author of “the most stolen book in history” – has urged people to keep stealing copies of Trainspotting because it earns royalties if they are stolen.

The 62-year-old Welshman says he gets paid even if his novels are stolen from stores because stores have to pay the publishers’ costs.

Scottish author’s 1993 story of a group of heroin addicts in Edinburgh turned into a major film starring Ewan McGregor and Kelly Macdonald.

But Welsh revealed that there is a financial void, meaning anyone who steals copies of Trainspotting and his other novels – The Acid House, Filth and Porno – is “brilliant” for them because their bank balance is still topping up .

The Scottish author said he still gets royalties when people steal his Trainspotting book

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Welsh said, “It’s a source of pride that people are kind of stealing it.

“I always get a little scream that comes up to me and says, ‘I have your books, I stole them all’.

“I say, ‘Well, look, I appreciate that because they usually go to the booksellers on a sell or return basis.

“That means I get my license fees.

“I appreciate that you stole it because it’s twice as sure that I’m getting paid. Fabulous. It’s brilliant. You can’t beat it. “

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