The fabulously named Pollyanna McIntosh is back in her hometown for the Edinburgh International Film Festival. We say hometown, but Pollyanna is, in f(...)

Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A Clockwork Orange, Less Than Zero, Trainspotting, Fight Club: delinquent fiction warrants a bookshelf of its own. Rob Doyle’s debut novel, Here Are t(...)

Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty

One of the great misconceptions in life, applied to literature but not to other art forms, is that reading for the sake of it is a good thing. No s(...)

Heads were duly scratched when, aged 17, Imogen Poots was plucked from relative obscurity to star in 28 Weeks Later, the sequel to Danny Boyle’s bo(...)

Filth
Filth

To say that Filth is the best Irvine Welsh adaptation since Trainspotting is to damn with the faintest imaginable praise. Nobody is likely to confuse (...)

There is a famous, if infamously foulmouthed, rant in Irvine Welsh ’s Trainspotting. Renton bemoans the fact that Scotland “can’t even pick a d(...)

Canny Boy

James McAvoy holds out his left hand and apologises. “I’m really sorry. The other one is a bit busted.” He twists himself around for a lopsided(...)