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Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh

For more warts-and-all literary stories with unique voices…

How Late It Was, How Late by James Kelman for a Booker-prize winning novel set in working class Glasgow, and written in Scottish dialect.

A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan for more interconnected tales dealing with drugs and broken dreams, in Los Angeles and New York.

The Crow Road by Iain Banks for another cult Scottish novel mixing dark humour with violence in the story of a young man investigating a murder.

A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride for more breathless stream of consciousness style very much of it’s place.

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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami

For for more surreal stories of fate and identity, try these…

The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann for an ordinary man and the ideas and people that alter his life

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki for fate and two normal women whose lives become entwined 

The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro for the dreamlike and surreal journey

The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse for one man’s lifelong quest around human nature and identity 

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