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If You Liked School, You'll Love Work

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If You Liked School, You'll Love Work

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Irvine Welsh
publisher:
W.W. Norton
genre:
Fiction, Short Stories

We gave it a B+

Like one of Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh’s many sobriety-averse characters, these yarns wander widely and wildly — in a good way. The concluding novella, ”Kingdom of Fife,” is a satisfying, Scotland-set tale of drink, drugs, and dogfighting (how topical!). If You Liked School, You’ll Love Work‘s other stories, in which Welsh indulges his penchant for Roald Dahl-style plot twists with much success, take place in the Canary Islands or, more often, America. The highlight of the latter batch is the unsettling, sun-blasted ”Miss Arizona” — and that’s not just because it name-checks a certain weekly entertainment magazine. B+