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Publisher's Summary

Glue is the story of four boys growing up in the Edinburgh schemes, and about the loyalties, the experiences, and the secrets that hold them together into their 30s. Four boys becoming men: Juice Terry, the work-shy fanny-merchant, with corkscrew curls and sticky fingers; Billy the boxer, driven, controlled, playing to his strengths; Carl, the Milky Bar Kid, drifting along to his own soundtrack; and the doomed Gally, who has one less skin than everyone else and seems to find catastrophe at every corner.

As we follow their lives from the '70s into the new century, from punk to techno, from speed to Es, we can see each of them trying to struggle out from under the weight of the conditioning of class and culture, peer pressure, and their parents' hopes that maybe their sons will do better than they did. What binds the four of them is the friendship formed by the scheme, their school, and their ambition to escape from both; their loyalty fused in street morality: back up your mates, don't hit women and, most importantly, never grass, on anyone.

Despite its scale and ambition, Glue has all Irvine Welsh's usual pace and vigour, crackling dialogue, scabrous set-pieces and black, black humour, but it is also a grown-up book about growing up, about the way we live our lives, and what happens to us when things become unstuck.

©2001 Irvine Welsh (P)2001 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Full of incident, mad, crackling dialogue, attractively appalling characters, and some of the funniest and rudest sex scenes." ( Sunday Times)

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  • Marc Jacobs
  • 23-02-2008

I liked it

A big sprawling epic of a book. Well wrote. Well read. By far my favorite Welsh title. Juice Terry is the man!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-04-2013

Good but not full book length

Always enjoy Irvine Welsh's stuff, but was a bit put off by the fact this has been considerably chopped down from the actual length of the book, and therefore some parts that we're vital to the plot we're cut out and non necessary one's weren't.

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  • Rebecca
  • 27-01-2018

Terribly edited

Fantastically read but the sound levels and quality are dire. Worth a listen if you’re an Irvine Welsh fan.

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  • robions
  • 19-10-2017

Don't download not full book

Not the best quality. Large parts of the book are missing.
Chapters don't match the book and skips a bit every 40 or so mins.
Gutted that it's not up to audible normal quality.

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  • Daniel J Osborne
  • 19-08-2017

Disappointing revisit to an old fave

Read this years ago, so thought I'd revisit it as I'd forgotten some of the story. Remembered particularly enjoying the Munich festival part of the book though. Very disappointed to find it was cut from the audio. I'm wondering what else was cut now as well. Production quality was, as Welsh would it, 'pish'. Plenty of background hiss on most, but not all chapters. That said, Tam Burn was, as ever, an excellent narrator.

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  • Drew Peacock
  • 18-03-2017

Incomplete story

What would have made Glue better?

While I accept certain words, sentences and paragraphs are skipped, there are whole chapters missing. If you want to hear a quick summary of the book then download it, but if you want the full story I recommend you buy or borrow the book. It took me a lot longer to read than 5 and half hours! Great narration though.

What was most disappointing about Irvine Welsh’s story?

Nothing, it's a great book, it's the fact that it wasn't the full story and it's obviously been edited.

What character would you cut from Glue?

Juice Terry

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  • Craig Hutton Cwh
  • 31-10-2016

first time audible.

very good after you settle in to it. it also goes very fast. I had already enjoyed the book some time ago but equally enjoyed this too.

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  • fiona
  • 03-06-2016

Fantastic

Fantastic as usual from this author but not long enough would like to have heard more .

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  • James
  • 19-10-2015

again excellent.

again an excellent book. the story and how all the stories and books combine in a way that encapsulates a time era and indeed the lives of so many.
So glad I've found these books. although in the wrong order however still excellent.

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  • Mark
  • 17-02-2006

I think Porno is bettter!

The title speaks for itself. Out of the two books Porno is the better. 3 stars is a bit harsh but I am giving Porno 4, and its not as good. One thing I like is the way the books interlace ever so slightly.

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