Trainspotting’s Francis Begbie returns in Big Issue Christmas story

Francis Begbie

(From The Guardian) Francis Begbie, the sociopathic character prone to bouts of shocking violence in Irvine Welsh’s novel Trainspotting, is portrayed in a mellower light in a Christmas short story by the Scottish author to be published in the Big Issue.

The story, He Ain’t Lager, features Begbie – who was played by Robert Carlyle in the film adaptation of Trainspotting – now older, rehabilitated through art and in love.

It is set after the events portrayed in Trainspotting and its sequel Porno, and focuses on Begbie visiting his family, including homeless brother Joe, at Christmas after being released from prison.

“I’m not sure where this [story] came from. I never really know. I just think the character has to be full of surprises and I quite like this little twist in [Begbie's] life,” Welsh said.

He wrote the story for the Glasgow-based International Network of Street Papers (INSP). It will be published in the 25 November issue of the Big Issue and other publications supported by INSP that seek to help homeless people.

The author, who lives in Chicago, said he became an INSP ambassador because he saw “so many friends struggling to keep a home together, or trying to rebuild one”.

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