Marabou Stork Nightmares
Roy Strang is engaged is a strange quest in a surrealist South Africa. His mission is to eradicate the evil predator-scavenger bird, the marabou stork, before it drives away the peace-loving flamingo from the picturesque Lake Torto. But behind this world lies another: the world of Roy's bizarre family, the Scottish housing scheme in which he grew up, his mundane job, a disastrous emigration to Aftrica, and his youthful life of brutality with a gang of soccer casuals. As one world crashes into the other, this potentially charming story of ornithological goodwill mutates into a filthy tale of violence, abuse and redemption.
Severe intense prose from one of Britain's best writers. 20031017
"A wonderful success: a funny, cleverly composed, genuinely exciting and assured leap of a novel."
Irvine Welsh is the author of eight previous works of fiction, most recently Crime. He lives in Dublin.