Irvine Welsh: Dazed And Confused interview

D&C;: I read somewhere that you’re a big Jane Austen and George Eliot fan. Some people might be quite surprised to hear that.
IW: I’ve kind of outed myself recently with that. What I hate is that when we think of Jane Austen, George Eliot, Emily and Charlotte Bronte, people think about Emma Thompson and costume dramas and people talking in these stupid fucking voices. But it was fuck all like that. They’re England’s equivalent of Braveheart: Scots dressing in fucking tartan. It’s edited exploitation for the American market. People wouldn’t have talked like that, they wouldn’t have looked like that, dressed like that, they wouldn’t have acted like that, flounced around like that. It’s fucking offensive fucking marketing, to sell to gullible Americans.

Full interview here