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Irvine Welsh - Author

About the Author

Irvine Welsh is the author of eight works of fiction including Trainspotting, Porno, Glue and The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs. He lives in Dublin.

Featured books by Irvine Welsh

The Blade Artist

The Blade Artist

Author: Irvine Welsh Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2017

Jim Francis has finally found the perfect life - and is now unrecognisable, even to himself. A successful painter and sculptor, he lives quietly with his wife, Melanie, and their two young daughters, in an affluent beach town in California. Some say he's a fake and a con man, while others see him as a genuine visionary. But Francis has a very dark past, with another identity and a very different set of values. When he crosses the Atlantic to his native Scotland, for the funeral of a murdered son he barely knew, his old Edinburgh community expects him to take bloody revenge. But as he confronts his previous life, all those friends and enemies - and, most alarmingly, his former self - Francis seems to have other ideas. When Melanie discovers something gruesome in California, which indicates that her husband's violent past might also be his psychotic present, things start to go very bad, very quickly.

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The Blade Artist

The Blade Artist

Author: Irvine Welsh Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/04/2016

Jim Francis has finally found the perfect life - and is now unrecognisable, even to himself. A successful painter and sculptor, he lives quietly with his wife, Melanie, and their two young daughters, in an affluent beach town in California. Some say he's a fake and a con man, while others see him as a genuine visionary. But Francis has a very dark past, with another identity and a very different set of values. When he crosses the Atlantic to his native Scotland, for the funeral of a murdered son he barely knew, his old Edinburgh community expects him to take bloody revenge. But as he confronts his previous life, all those friends and enemies - and, most alarmingly, his former self - Francis seems to have other ideas. When Melanie discovers something gruesome in California, which indicates that her husband's violent past might also be his psychotic present, things start to go very bad, very quickly.

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The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins

The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins

Author: Irvine Welsh Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/04/2015

When Lucy Brennan, a Miami Beach personal-fitness trainer, disarms a gunman chasing two frightened homeless men, the police and the breaking-news cameras are not far behind and, within hours, Lucy is a media hero. The solitary eye-witness is the depressed and overweight Lena Sorensen, who becomes obsessed with Lucy and signs up as her client - though she seems more interested in the trainer's body than her own. When the two women find themselves more closely aligned, and can't stop thinking about the sex lives of Siamese twins, the real problems start...In the aggressive, foul-mouthed trainer, Lucy Brennan, and the needy, manipulative Lena Sorensen, Irvine Welsh has created two of his most memorable female protagonists, and one of the most bizarre, sado-masochistic folies a deux in contemporary fiction. Featuring murder, depravity and revenge - and enormous amounts of food and sex - The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins taps into two great obsessions of our time - how we look and where we live - and tells a story so subversive and dark it blacks out the Florida sun.

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The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins

The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins

Author: Irvine Welsh Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2014

When Lucy Brennan, a Miami Beach personal-fitness trainer, disarms a gunman chasing two frightened homeless men, the police and the breaking-news cameras are not far behind and, within hours, Lucy is a media hero. The solitary eye-witness is the depressed and overweight Lena Sorensen, who becomes obsessed with Lucy and signs up as her client - though she seems more interested in the trainer's body than her own. When the two women find themselves more closely aligned, and can't stop thinking about the sex lives of Siamese twins, the real problems start...In the aggressive, foul-mouthed trainer, Lucy Brennan, and the needy, manipulative Lena Sorensen, Irvine Welsh has created two of his most memorable female protagonists, and one of the most bizarre, sado-masochistic folies a deux in contemporary fiction. Featuring murder, depravity and revenge - and enormous amounts of food and sex - The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins taps into two great obsessions of our time - how we look and where we live - and tells a story so subversive and dark it blacks out the Florida sun.

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Skagboys

Skagboys

Author: Irvine Welsh Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/04/2012

Mark Renton has it all: he's good-looking, young, with a pretty girlfriend and a place at university. But there's no room for him in the 1980s. Thatcher's government is destroying working-class communities across Britain, and the post-war certainties of full employment, educational opportunity and a welfare state are gone. When his family starts to fracture, Mark's life swings out of control and he succumbs to the defeatism which has taken hold in Edinburgh's grimmer areas. The way out is heroin. It's no better for his friends. Spud Murphy is paid off from his job, Tommy Lawrence feels himself being sucked into a life of petty crime and violence - the worlds of the thieving Matty Connell and psychotic Franco Begbie. Only Sick Boy, the supreme manipulator of the opposite sex, seems to ride the current, scamming and hustling his way through it all. Skagboys charts their journey from likely lads to young men addicted to the heroin which has flooded their disintegrating community. This is the 1980s: a time of drugs, poverty, AIDS, violence, political strife and hatred - but a lot of laughs, and maybe just a little love; a decade which changed Britain for ever.

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Other books by Irvine Welsh

Dead Men's Trousers

Dead Men's Trousers

Author: Irvine Welsh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2019

**A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER** Mark Renton from Trainspotting is back - and he's finally a success An international jet-setter, he now makes significant money managing DJs, but the constant travel, airport lounges, soulless hotel rooms and broken relationships have left him dissatisfied with his life. He's then rocked by a chance encounter with Frank Begbie, from whom he'd been hiding for years after a terrible betrayal and the resulting debt. But the psychotic Begbie appears to have reinvented himself as a celebrated artist and - much to Mark's astonishment - doesn't seem interested in revenge. Sick Boy and Spud, who have agendas of their own, are intrigued to learn that their old friends are back in town, but when they enter the bleak world of organ-harvesting, things start to go so badly wrong. Lurching from crisis to crisis, the four men circle each other, driven by their personal histories and addictions, confused, angry - so desperate that even Hibs winning the Scottish Cup doesn't really help. One of these four will not survive to the end of this book. Which one of them is wearing Dead Men's Trousers? `Welsh is on compulsively readable, searingly funny form' The Times `No one captures the competing affections and resentments that underpin lifelong friendships like Welsh' Esquire

Rave Vintage Minis

Rave Vintage Minis

Author: Irvine Welsh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2018

Irvine Welsh, 'poet laureate of the chemical generation', exposes the seamy underbelly of rave's utopian dream. Lloyd, our permanently pilled-up protagonist, pushes his weekends to breaking point and beyond in this frazzled trip through Scottish clubland. He experiences the vertiginous uppers and downers of the Second Summer of Love, dabbles in a spot of disc jockeying and closes in, gradually, on some kind of redemption... Selected from Irvine Welsh's novel Ecstasy. VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS. A series of short books by the world's greatest writers on the experiences that make us human Also in the Vintage Minis series: Home by Salman Rushdie Dreams by Sigmund Freud Eating by Nigella Lawson Work by Joseph Heller

Dead Men's Trousers

Dead Men's Trousers

Author: Irvine Welsh Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/03/2018

*THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER* Mark Renton is finally a success. An international jet-setter, he now makes significant money managing DJs, but the constant travel, airport lounges, soulless hotel rooms and broken relationships have left him dissatisfied with his life. He's then rocked by a chance encounter with Frank Begbie, from whom he'd been hiding for years after a terrible betrayal and the resulting debt. But the psychotic Begbie appears to have reinvented himself as a celebrated artist and - much to Mark's astonishment - doesn't seem interested in revenge. Sick Boy and Spud, who have agendas of their own, are intrigued to learn that their old friends are back in town, but when they enter the bleak world of organ-harvesting, things start to go so badly wrong. Lurching from crisis to crisis, the four men circle each other, driven by their personal histories and addictions, confused, angry - so desperate that even Hibs winning the Scottish Cup doesn't really help. One of these four will not survive to the end of this book. Which one of them is wearing Dead Men's Trousers? Fast and furious, scabrously funny and weirdly moving, this is a spectacular return of the crew from Trainspotting.

Dead Men's Trousers

Dead Men's Trousers

Author: Irvine Welsh Format: eBook Release Date: 29/03/2018

*THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER*Random House presents the audiobook edition of Dead Men's Trousers by Irvine Welsh, read by Tam Dean Burn.Mark Renton is finally a success. An international jet-setter, he now makes significant money managing DJs, but the constant travel, airport lounges, soulless hotel rooms and broken relationships have left him dissatisfied with his life. He's then rocked by a chance encounter with Frank Begbie, from whom he'd been hiding for years after a terrible betrayal and the resulting debt. But the psychotic Begbie appears to have reinvented himself as a celebrated artist and - much to Mark's astonishment - doesn't seem interested in revenge. Sick Boy and Spud, who have agendas of their own, are intrigued to learn that their old friends are back in town, but when they enter the bleak world of organ-harvesting, things start to go so badly wrong. Lurching from crisis to crisis, the four men circle each other, driven by their personal histories and addictions, confused, angry - so desperate that even Hibs winning the Scottish Cup doesn't really help. One of these four will not survive to the end of this book. Which one of them is wearing Dead Men's Trousers? Fast and furious, scabrously funny and weirdly moving, this is a spectacular return of the crew from Trainspotting.

Dead Men's Trousers

Dead Men's Trousers

Author: Irvine Welsh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/03/2018

*THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER* Mark Renton is finally a success. An international jet-setter, he now makes significant money managing DJs, but the constant travel, airport lounges, soulless hotel rooms and broken relationships have left him dissatisfied with his life. He's then rocked by a chance encounter with Frank Begbie, from whom he'd been hiding for years after a terrible betrayal and the resulting debt. But the psychotic Begbie appears to have reinvented himself as a celebrated artist and - much to Mark's astonishment - doesn't seem interested in revenge. Sick Boy and Spud, who have agendas of their own, are intrigued to learn that their old friends are back in town, but when they enter the bleak world of organ-harvesting, things start to go so badly wrong. Lurching from crisis to crisis, the four men circle each other, driven by their personal histories and addictions, confused, angry - so desperate that even Hibs winning the Scottish Cup doesn't really help. One of these four will not survive to the end of this book. Which one of them is wearing Dead Men's Trousers? Fast and furious, scabrously funny and weirdly moving, this is a spectacular return of the crew from Trainspotting.

Decent Ride

Decent Ride

Author: Irvine Welsh Format: eBook Release Date: 09/10/2017

Ot "e;neosporimogo lidera v novoj volne sovremennoj britanskoj slovesnosti"e; (Observer), kotoryj "e;neizmenno dokazyvaet, chto literatura - luchshij narkotik"e; (Spin), - novoe podtverzhdenie togo, chto "e;s vozrastom Uehlsh ne smyagchaetsya, a naoborot, krepchaet"e; (Spectator). Itak, Terri Louson, uzhe znakomyj nam po romanu "e;Klej"e;, snova v dele! Opytnogo taksista i zvezdu videokompanii "e;Porokko-barokko"e; ne ostanovyat ni bushuyushchij v EHdinburge uragan Moshonka, ni amerikanskij pank-biznesmen s irokezom na golove, ni gangstery s policiej, ni chrezvychajnoe proisshestvie v massazhnom salone "e;Svobodnyj dosug"e;... Vpervye na russkom!

Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance

Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance

Author: Irvine Welsh Format: eBook Release Date: 21/06/2017

Ot neosporimogo lidera v novoj volne sovremennoj britanskoj slovesnosti (Observer), kotoryj neizmenno dokazyvaet, chto literatura - luchshij narkotik (Spin) - tri istorii o lyubvi i himii. Zdes' tuchnaya avtorsha populyarnyh lyubovnyh romanov samym neozhidannym obrazom svodit schety s obmanyvayushchim ee muzhem; zdes' vlyublennogo huligana ispol'zuyut, chtoby otomstit' farmacevticheskoj promyshlennosti v lice samyh bezotvetstvennyh ee predstavitelej; zdes' neudovletvorennaya v brake molodaya yappi sgoraet v ogne strasti k molodomu rejveru... Perevod publikuetsya v novoj redakcii.

The Blade Artist

The Blade Artist

Author: Irvine Welsh Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2017

Jim Francis has finally found the perfect life - and is now unrecognisable, even to himself. A successful painter and sculptor, he lives quietly with his wife, Melanie, and their two young daughters, in an affluent beach town in California. Some say he's a fake and a con man, while others see him as a genuine visionary. But Francis has a very dark past, with another identity and a very different set of values. When he crosses the Atlantic to his native Scotland, for the funeral of a murdered son he barely knew, his old Edinburgh community expects him to take bloody revenge. But as he confronts his previous life, all those friends and enemies - and, most alarmingly, his former self - Francis seems to have other ideas. When Melanie discovers something gruesome in California, which indicates that her husband's violent past might also be his psychotic present, things start to go very bad, very quickly.

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Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs

Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs

Author: Irvine Welsh Format: eBook Release Date: 03/03/2017

Dva vrazhduyushchih sanitarnyh inspektora Dehnni Skinner i Brajan Kibbi rabotayut v ehdinburgskoj restorannoj inspekcii. Skinner - p'yanica i futbol'nyj fanat, nenavidit i terroriziruet Kibbi, a v svobodnoe vremya chitaet Rembo, Verlena i SHopengauehra i smotrit fil'my Fellini. Kibbi, tihij i stesnitel'nyj, sobiraet model'ki parovozikov, fanateet ot Star-treka vsego boitsya i v itoge popadaet v bol'nicu s bolezn'yu pecheni - pri tom, chto nikogda ni kapli ne pil. A Skinner reshaet izlechit'sya ot alkogolizma, edet v Ameriku i tam - na sobranii obshchestva anonimnyh alkogolikov - nahodit devushku svoej mechty. No devushki emu nedostatochno, on hochet najti togo, ot kogo ego zachala mat' na koncerte Clash v 1980 godu. I ehtot al'kovnyj sekret okazyvaetsya zdes' klyuchevym - geroj ne mozhet stat' soboj, poka ne uznaet, kto ego otec...

T2 Trainspotting

T2 Trainspotting

Author: Irvine Welsh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/01/2017

Now a major film directed by Danny Boyle reuniting the cast of Trainspotting Years on from Trainspotting Sick Boy is back in Edinburgh after a long spell in London. Having failed spectacularly as a hustler, pimp, husband, father and businessman, Sick Boy taps into an opportunity which to him represents one last throw of the dice. However, to realise his ambitions within the Adult industries, Sick Boy must team up with old pal and fellow exile Mark Renton. Still scheming, still scamming, Sick Boy and Renton soon find out that they have unresolved issues to address concerning the unhinged Begbie, the troubled, drug-addled Spud, but, most of all, with each other. T2 Trainspotting was previously published as Porno.

Glue

Glue

Author: Irvine Welsh Format: eBook Release Date: 03/10/2016

Uehlsh - klyuchevaya figura sovremennoj britanskoj prozy, master estestvennogo pis'ma i nisprovergatel' vsyacheskih uslovnostej, a klej - ehto ne tol'ko svyazuyushchee zheleobraznoe veshchestvo, vyvarennoe iz ostatkov kostej zhivotnyh. Klej - ehto chetyrekhpolosnyj roman vospitaniya, dopodlinnyj ehpos gopnikov i futbol'nyh fanatov, trogatel'naya istoriya o lyubvi i druzhbe.

Trainspotting

Trainspotting

Author: Irvine Welsh Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2016

Welsh se considera mai degraba un activist social"e; decat un scriitor romanele si povestirile sale avand ca personaje tineri din cultura marginala a consumatorilor de droguri. Renton Spud Begbie sunt cateva dintre figurile care-si spun povestea in roman folosind limbajul agresiv si argotic al scotienilor din Leith. Problemele lor legate de consumul de heroina dilemele sexuale intorsaturile ironice de situatie sunt dublate de referinte constante la conflictele etnice religioase si fotbalistice care fac parte din mecanismele comunitatii din care provin.

THE SEX LIVES OF SIAMESE TWINS

THE SEX LIVES OF SIAMESE TWINS

Author: Irvine Welsh Format: eBook Release Date: 16/05/2016

Odnazhdy noch'yu Lyusi Brennan, trener po fitnesu, sovershila blagorodnyj postupok: riskuya zhizn'yu, ostanovila opasnogo psiha, kotoryj, razmahivaya pistoletom, presledoval dvuh bezzashchitnyh brodyag. No ni odno dobroe delo ne ostaetsya beznakazannym, i vot uzhe SMI, voznesshie Lyusi na p'edestal, gotovy pomenyat' nedavnih geroev i zlodeev rolyami. A edinstvennyj svidetel' proisshedshego, stradaya ot ozhireniya i klinicheskoj depressii, reshaet zapisat'sya k Lyusi v fitnes-klub, chtoby byt' poblizhe k svoej geroine... Vpervye na russkom - pervyj roman shotlandskogo klassika, dejstvie kotorogo proiskhodit ne v SHotlandii i dazhe ne v Anglii, a v SSHA, pod zharkim solncem Floridy.

A Decent Ride

A Decent Ride

Author: Irvine Welsh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2016

Shortlisted for the 2015 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse prize for comic fiction A rampaging force of nature is wreaking havoc on the streets of Edinburgh, but has top shagger, drug-dealer, gonzo-porn-star and taxi-driver, `Juice' Terry Lawson, finally met his match in Hurricane `Bawbag'? Can Terry discover the fate of the missing beauty, Jinty Magdalen, and keep her idiot-savant lover, the man-child Wee Jonty, out of prison? Will he find out the real motives of unscrupulous American businessman and reality-TV star, Ronald Checker? And, crucially, will Terry be able to negotiate life after a terrible event robs him of his sexual virility, and can a new fascination for the game of golf help him to live without... A DECENT RIDE? A Decent Ride sees Irvine Welsh back on home turf, leaving us in the capable hands of one of his most compelling and popular characters, `Juice' Terry Lawson, and introducing another bound for cult status, Wee Jonty MacKay: a man with the genitals and brain of a donkey. In his funniest, filthiest book yet, Irvine Welsh celebrates an un-reconstructed misogynist hustler - a central character who is shameless but also, oddly, decent -and finds new ways of making wild comedy out of fantastically dark material, taking on some of the last taboos. So fasten your seatbelts, because this is one ride that could certainly get a little bumpy...

Decent Ride

Decent Ride

Author: Irvine Welsh Format: eBook Release Date: 02/02/2016

Irvine Welsh returns to Edinburgh, the home of Trainspotting and so many of his novels since, with a new novel featuring one of his most iconic and beloved characters'Juice' Terry Lawsonthat's thick on the Scottish brogue, heavy on the filth and masterful in its comedic timing.A Decent Ride sees Irvine Welsh back in Edinburgh, this time with one of his most compelling and popular characters front and center: the rampaging force of nature that is 'Juice' Terry Lawson, first seen in Glue. Juice is a man who contains multitudes: he's a top shagger, drug-dealing, gonzo pornstar and taxi driver. As we ride along in Juice's cab through the depraved streets of Edinburgh, Juice encounters a series of charmingly filthy characters, each of whom present their own, uh, unique challenges. Has he finally met his match in Hurricane 'Bawbag'? Can he discover the fate of the missing beauty, Jinty Magdalen, and keep her idiot-savant lover, the man-child Wee Jonty, out of prison? Will he find out the real motives of unscrupulous American businessman and reality-TV star, Ronald Checker? And, crucially, will Juice be able to negotiate life after a terrible event robs him of his sexual virility, and can a new fascination for the game of golf help him to live without . . .a decent ride? (The meaning of the title is starting to sink in now, huh?). So buckle your seatbelts and prepare for one unforgettable ride.

Viata sexuala a gemenelor siameze

Viata sexuala a gemenelor siameze

Author: Irvine Welsh Format: eBook Release Date: 08/10/2015

Cand Lucy Brennan, o antrenoare de fitness bisexuala din Miami Beach, dezarmeaza un barbat care ataca doi vagabonzi inspaimantati, politia si reporterii de stiri isi fac aparitia ca din senin, iar in cateva ore ea se trezeste eroina locala. Singurul martor ocular al incidentului, Lena Sorenson, o artista supraponderala si deprimata, devine curand obsedata de ea si ii cere s-o ajute sa slabeasca. Dar cand atacatorul dezarmat se dovedeste a fi victima disperata a unor abuzuri sexuale, Lucy isi incepe tranzitia de la eroina la personaj negativ, iar relatia bolnavicioasa de dependenta cu Lena, geamana sa cu calitati opuse, ajunge tot mai greu de controlat. Prin Lucy Brennan, instructoarea militaroasa si sloboda la gura, si Lena Sorenson, intriganta disperata dupa afectiune, Irvine Welsh a creat doua personaje feminine memorabile si una dintre cele mai bizare folies a deux sadomasochiste din literatura contemporana.