Glue by Irvine Welsh


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 thirties. 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 ski...

Details Glue

Release DateFeb 16th, 2019
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Novels

Reviews Glue

  • F
    Fantastic. Great characters. Loved following these boys.
  • Sara
    for me, i found 'glue' to be an epic novel. 556 pages that i read in 48 hours. i don't remember anything about those days other than totally immersing myself in this novel. i really hadn't felt truly excited by a novel in a long time, although i'm often reading things i enjoy. it was everything about it that made me really love what i was reading. the characters start off as children, not really aware of their surroundings [like most children who...
  • Harry Whitewolf
    Just fucking brilliant. This incredible epic is Welsh at his finest.
  • Amber
    If you don't want to read a book filled with words that are written so that when you read them you are pronouncing words in a Scottish accent then this and many of his books are not the books for you. If you don't mind that then go for it, it only takes about a chapter to become proficient in reading his work. I personally loved the story. It's sort of the prequel to Trainspotting. This book introduces you to many of those characters as young boy...
  • Sara Zovko
    Život i odrastanje u Edinburghu kroz 70-e, 80-e i 90-e godine. Seks i ljubav i seks bez ljubavi, nogomet i navijanje i huligani, droga, siromaštvo i borba. Ali najviše od svega prijateljstvo i odanost koja prati prijateljstvo.Irvine Welsh oslikava život Škotske iz predgrađa i radi to majstorski dinamično i onako kako to samo on zna. Nakon Trainspottinga, još jedna genijalna knjiga koja oduševljava i na koju sam se navukla već nakon prvi...
  • Makis Dionis
    Ποταμός Welsh. Ασυγκράτητη ροή λέξεων/εικονων/νοημάτων.Ενα οδοιπορικό στο Λιθ , του φτωχικου προάστιου του Εδιμβούργου, ξεκινώντας από τη φτώχεια και την περιθωριοποίηση των 70ς μέχρι τα στοιχήματα του σύγχρονου 21ου αιώνα. Οι εργατικές κατοικίες, χτ...
  • Kaita
    "Life is a dynamic rather than a static process, and when we don't change it kills us. It's not running away, it's moving on." 5/5 Stars! This has become my most favourite novel to ever exist. I first read this quite some time ago, and liked it. I can say, though, upon rereading Glue that I found myself tethered far more fiercely to the lives within the pages than I was bargaining for. Glue is about four guys who are friends and grow up. It also ...
  • Dane Cobain
    Irvine Welsh is at his best in Glue – it’s a book about friendships, and how the glue that holds us all together is affected by the passage of time, and our surroundings, and all sorts of external factors including drug addiction and disappointment, two of Welsh’s big themes that seem to follow him from book to book.The good thing about Glue is that Welsh gets a lot of time to play with his characters and to put them into different situatio...
  • Goran Gluščić
    Glue prati četiri prijatelja iz Edinburgha kroz četiri desetljeća njihova prijateljstva, od početka u sedamdesetima, dok su još bili samo klinci, prolazi se kroz burne osamdesete kada su bili divlji tinejdžeri, devedesetih kad su se samo htjeli zabavljati na eksovima i u konačnici se dolazi do dvije tisućitih u kojima su najbolje godine definitivno iza njih. Svaka ta cjelina djeluje skoro kao zasebna priča, ali radnja ionako nije toliko ...
  • Trevor
    This novel follows several decades of the lives of four Scottish friends, from their high school days in Edinburgh until their thirties, when circumstances have put them each on separate paths. In essence, this is a story about life growing up in "the scheme" (government housing projects aimed at eliminating Edinburgh's slums), and the rules that come along with that life: edicts like "always back up your mates" and "never grass on anyone". The t...
  • Maja Shinigami
    Poremećeni Škoti su moj tip, poput Granta Morrisona, dotičnog Irvina Welsha, pa k vragu i Sir Doylea pa su i likovi u djelima dotičnih nekako moj tip. Ne za proste stvari.''Glue'' je odličan roman ofkors, dostojan nasljednik ''Trainspottinga'' pa čak i nepravedno zasjenjen, usudila bih se reći jebiga, kad u ovom sjebanom svijetu film proslavi knjigu, umjesto obrnuto.Welsh ima kompleksne i odlično psihološki razrađene likove (iako me ''R...
  • Jason
    Glue is populated with strong characters. The four main friends the reader follows - Gally, Juice Terry, N-Sign Ewart, and Billy Birrell - stick together through thick and thin. From primary school to soccer riots (which is an hilarious scene) to teenage clubbing to middle age, the four remain friends. What's more is their mannerisms and behavior towards each other change very little over the course of the novel, which gives it a remarkably cohes...
  • Jen
    why yes, i do believe i've found a new favorite author.but. you know that frustration of a sneeze coming on; it builds and you think shit, this is going to be a big one.. and while you pull a stupid face bracing for the blow-out, it immediately evaporates to nothing? a disappointing end, it left me feeling a bit tense as though there ought to have been something more (or: minus the reprise).small complaint, as the whole of Glue is brilliant. irvi...
  • Kathleen
    This is definately one I have to go back and read. This exploration of four friends and the different paths they take over several decades is very enjoyable. Disturbing and vulgar, hilarious and heartbreaking, especially the character of Andrew Galloway and his tragic turn. Another good one from Edina's laureate of squalor.
  • Emily
    This book is utterly filthy and it is often written in the hackneyed speech of the Scottish lower class. There is a disturbing scene involving a dog, and this caused a lot of my classmates to refuse to read any further. Despite the perversions, I really enjoyed this novel.
  • Kelly
    This book was hard. Hard in every way. The language, the plot, the characters. All hard. And every bit worth it.
  • Kevin Rubin
    "Glue" is about four boys from working class families in Edinburgh. It follows them from being small kids to adulthood, with some stops along the way. It runs roughly parallel with Welsh's "Trainspotting" and some of the characters from "Trainspotting" make brief appearances in "Glue" as they know some of the same friends and hang out at some of the same bars.We're first introduced to the four mates in 1970 as small kids with their families. Carl...
  • Alan Wilson
    This guy flabbergasts me, especially this one, Glue. It is an absolute wank-fest. The beer-fest holiday in Germany was so over the top I was wondering if it might have been a fantasy plagiarized from some hormone-crazed schoolboy son of a Presbyterian minister. What utter implausible garbage it was, the whole book, from cover to cover. And then the irresponsible glamorization of drug taking this moron indulges in. Speed is like sucking lollipops,...
  • Carlos Panhoca Da silva
    Fazia um tempo que eu nao lia um livro que me prendesse tanto. Me sinto meio culpado por ter adiado ele por quase um ano na estante dos livros a serem lidos.Eu acredito que alguns livros vem na hora que eles tem que vir. Peguei ele por ter uma bagagem na literatura do Welsh. Se você nao leu/viu o filme do Trainspotting, nem encosta nesse porque as histórias se cruzam e você vai ter mais spoiller do que quando entra no facebook depois de final ...
  • Lorenzo
    “Colla” non racconta né celebra l'amicizia, ma la disseziona. La vita di quattro amici della suburbia edimburghese viene colta in quattro diversi momenti; ogni scorcio ci restituisce alcuni di loro sempre più sconfitti, mentre altri prendono il volo. A dispetto di tutto, però, il gruppo tiene.Per il lettore maschile credo che l'identificazione sia pressoché scontata. Tutti gli elementi che costellano e cementano l'amicizia adolescenziale ...
  • Frank Thirdeyed
    Huge, heavy book; One of the boys probably could've used it as a weapon in a pub fight, very painful and all. But the thing is, Glue is a more humane, warm-hearted story filled with growing up and sticking together. That, to me, makes it a different atmosphere from for example the cold, depressing, fucked up hell of Trainspotting. There's threedimensional characters here, some laugh's, some cries and just a lot of heart in general. Fact is, that'...
  • M
    This is a hard one to review. I have not finished it and I don't know that I will, which would usually earn a one star scathing review, but the fact is, it's an excellent book, just very difficult to read. Glue is a well told, many faceted linked narratives of victims and victimizers living hand to mouth. The writing is fresh, the characters equal parts appalling and captivating, but the novel is in dialect which means this takes about 4x the amo...
  • David
    I think this is Welsh's most soulful novel. It doesn't try to make itself as interesting as some of his other works, just letting the characters move the reader. It's a little more sprawling than I would have liked, but that's just me. The dialect can get confusing when it gets particularly thick, but that's normal and expected since I'm not used to trying to understand people from that background. Besides, it's really a necessary part of Welsh's...
  • Marie
    I loved this so much! It has been hanging around my house for absolutely ages (my first ever RiSi swap in fact) and I regret not getting around to it sooner. Irvine Welsh has such a talent for creating characters who are completely endearing and engaging despite getting up to horrendous things. It sounds like a cliché but I was really disappointed when I finished this book and wanted to stay with the characters longer & find out what happened ne...
  • Rachel McNab
    Glue is based on the lives and friendship of four working class lads from the scheme in Edinburgh, following them through four decades and a set of principles that binds them together. If there was a word to describe this book, it would be "dirty" - as the beauty of Irvine Welsh's work is that it's real. It is based on real people, real friendships, real happenings, so the link with reality is almost tangible. I have yet to come across another au...
  • David
    I found this book to be an engaging, crazy, and even heartfelt account about the lifelong friendship between the four childhood friends. This is one of those books that has stuck in my head since the one and only time I read it. Perhaps because I could relate in some ways to the characters, I think about this book and the stories every so often. I also found it refreshing that Welsh wrote a structured novel with linear events. I also appreciated ...
  • Robert
    The first sign of Welsh's decline.Glue depicts the relationship between a group of working class boys. As they grow they experience the usual trials and tribulations.Sometimes it works and the set pieces are entertaining but towards the end the becomes incredibly banal, the introduction of the country singer, although used to represent different cultures, is the nadir of the novel and renders it idiotic. Disappointing.
  • Natalya
    All time fav IW book- character driven tale of four friends and the woes they weave over the decades. Absolutely love Juice Terry, the self proclaimed fanny merchant/ aerated waters salesmen (see him later- and fatter in Porno). Wish they would make this into a movie. When I had the fortune to meet Mr. Welsh I had him sign my well read copy of this book and Porno. The page he signed had been torn out and taped back together. Lol.