Scottish author Welsh finds relief in spoof film

Thu Sep 11, 2008 2:59pm EDT
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By Mark McSherry

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The topic of Scottish author Irvine Welsh's latest novel -- pedophilia -- is so harrowing that he worked on a spoof documentary film about a darts player while writing the book just to lighten his mood.

And yet Welsh insists that "Crime" is his most uplifting novel to date.

"Most of my books have been about people who (mess) up," said Welsh, best known for the drug-fueled mayhem of his debut novel "Trainspotting," which was made into a hit movie.

"This one is different, it's about how people heal."

While researching "Crime," published this month by W.W. Norton, Welsh met survivors of sexual abuse and said he was moved by their resilience.

"It was great to see people rising above all of that," Welsh told Reuters in an interview. "Instead of trying to find darkness in the light, I'm trying to find light in the darkness."

Still, the troubling subject matter of "Crime" prompted him to work concurrently on a more comic project -- "Good Arrows," a "mockumentary" set in Wales about a professional darts player with health problems who loses his winning touch.

Welsh calls the spoof "a parable about cheap celebrity and fame."   Continued...