Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh has revived the book's infamous lager-swilling character Begbie for an exclusive short story to support homeless people at Christmas.
He Ain’t Lager focuses on the violent sociopath's release from prison at Christmastime, his rehabilitation through art and finding love, and his discovery that his brother Joe is homeless.
The author said the story contained more revelations about Begbie and urged people to buy The Big Issue: “I'm not sure where this [story] came from." he said. "I never really know. I just think the character has to be full of surprises and I quite like this little twist in his [Begbie's] life.