The Book

I’m writing a book. I’m busy drawing on a great depth of local, personal knowledge from thirty-five years living in Leith and running the Trainspotting tours for more than ten of them. The book tells the story behind the story of Trainspotting the book, the play and the film.

The book is pretty well finished now, but there is a last chance to make a contribution. If you have knowledge of the drug scene in Leith or Edinburgh in the 1980s, or if you have a good insight into or opinion of any of Trainspotting’s manifestations, why not get in touch now, via the Contact Me button above. If requested, confidentiality and anonymity is guaranteed.

Provisionally titled LOVE LIFE, LOVE LEITH: A Trainspotter’s Guide, this book will provide the most comprehensive guide to the Trainspotting trilogy. By examining the book, the play and the film, it both critically analyses the Trainspotting phenomenon in its various forms, and contextualises the importance of the location in Leith and the culture of 1980s Britain. Looking in detail at the history of Leith, the drug culture, the spread of HIV/AIDs, and how Trainspotting affected drug policy, Leith, and the Scottish identity, the book highlights the importance of Trainspotting as a prominent and iconic part of 1990s culture.