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Irvine Welsh

Legendary Scottish satirist Irvine Welsh returns to the Wheeler Centre with his brand new book The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins. Tapping into the two major obsessions of contemporary life – how we look and where we live – the latest opus from the master of linguistic manipulation will be as controversial as it is lively.

Far from the rainy shores of Scotland, The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins takes place in eye-popping, body-obsessed Miami Beach, and follows the dark and humorous story of quick-tempered personal trainer Lucy Brennan, who takes manipulative Lena Sorenson on as a client. In typical Welsh fashion, sex, depravity, sado-masochism, murder and madness ensue, following in the vein of Welsh’s classic international bestsellers Trainspotting, Filth and The Acid House.

Join Wheeler Centre director Michael Williams as they discuss Irvine’s stellar career, and dissect the darkness that lurks behind the beachfronts of modern-day Miami.


Portrait of Michael Williams

Michael Williams

Michael Williams is the Director of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne. He has worked at the Wheeler Centre since inception in 2009, when he was hired as the Head of Programming before being appointed as Director in September 2011.

He has hosted Blueprint for Living (2015–2016), then Talkfest (2017–2019), on ABC RN. He remains a regular guest on ABC Radio and TV. Michael has also worked as a Breakfast presenter for Melbourne’s 3RRR, as a member of the Australia Council’s Literature Board, in publishing and has written extensively for the Guardian, the AgeSydney Morning HeraldAustralian and elsewhere.

Portrait of Irvine Welsh

Irvine Welsh

Irvine Welsh is the author of nine works of fiction. Trainspotting has been published in 29 countries and sold over one million copies in the UK. His most recent works include Crime and The Bedroom Secrets of the Masterchefs.


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