♥ Book Title : Skagboys
☯ Full Synopsis : "Prequel to the best-selling phenomenon Trainspotting, this exhilarating and moving novel shows how Welsh’s colorful miscreants first went wrong. Mark Renton’s life seems to be on track: university, pretty girlfriend, even social success. But, in this prequel to Trainspotting, after the death of his younger brother, Rent falls apart and starts hanging around with his old pals, including Sick Boy, Spud, and Begbie, and being drawn irresistibly into their wacked-out plans. Set against 1980s Thatcher-era Edinburgh—with its high unemployment, low expectations, and hard-to-come-by money and drugs?Irvine Welsh’s colorful crew lunges from one darkly hilarious misadventure to the next. Gritty, moving, and exhilarating, Skagboys paints their dizzying downward spiral with scabrous humor and raw language."Article| Irvine Welsh| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Ecstasy
☯ Full Synopsis : "Lloyd from Leith has a transfiguring passion for the unhappily married Heather. Together they explore the true nature of house music and chemical romance. Will their ardour fizzle and die or will it ignite and blaze like a thousand suns? Ecstasy follows them and others through the backstreets of Edinburgh, stifling suburban sitting rooms and the bright lights of London. Exhilarating and dazzling, this is Welsh at his very best."Article| Irvine Welsh| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Irvine Welsh
☯ Full Synopsis : "This is the first full-length study of Irvine Welsh's fiction and provides a sustained textual and contextual analysis and evaluation of his work"Article| Aaron Kelly| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Porno
☯ Full Synopsis : "To realize his dream of directing and producing a pornographic movie, Simon 'Sick Boy' Williamson must team up with old pal and fellow exile Mark Renton and a motley crew. In the world of "Porno", however, nothing is straightforward, as Sick Boy and Renton find out that they have unresolved issues to address, most of all, with each other."Article| Irvine Welsh| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Marabou Stork Nightmares
☯ Full Synopsis : ""For anyone who gets high on language, this book is a fantastic trip...a real tour de force."—Madison Smartt Bell, Spin The acclaimed author of the cult classics Trainspotting and The Acid House, Irvine Welsh has been hailed as "the best thing that has happened to British writing in a decade" (London Sunday Times). This audacious novel is a brilliant (and literal) head trip of a book that brings us into the wildly active, albeit coma-beset, mind of Roy Strang, whose hallucinatory quest to eradicate the evil predator/scavenger marabou stork keeps being interrupted by grisly memories of the social and family dysfunction that brought him to this state. It is the sort of lethally funny cocktail of pathos, violence, and outrageous hilarity that only Irvine Welsh can pull off."Article| Irvine Welsh| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Acid House
☯ Full Synopsis : "Irvine Welsh's scintillating, disturbing, and altogether outrageous collection of stories—the basis for the 1998 cult movie directed by Paul McGuigan. He is called "the Scottish Celine of the 1990s" (Guardian) and "a mad, postmodern Roald Dahl" (Weekend Scotsman). Using a range of approaches from bitter realism to demented fantasy, Irvine Welsh is able to evoke the essential humanity, well hidden as it is, of his generally depraved, lazy, manipulative, and vicious characters. He specializes particularly in cosmic reversals—God turn a hapless footballer into a fly; an acid head and a newborn infant exchange consciousnesses with sardonically unexpected results—always displaying a corrosive wit and a telling accuracy of language and detail. Irvine Welsh is one hilariously dangerous writer who always creates a sensation."Article| Irvine Welsh| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Trainspotting ; & Headstate
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♥ Book Title : 4-Play
☯ Full Synopsis : "Trainspottingby Harry Gibson Marabou Stork Nightmaresby Harry Gibson Ecstacyby Keith Wyatt Filthby Harry Gibson Gathered together for the first time in an omnibus edition, these adaptations of Irvine Welsh's best-selling novels and novellas form a remarkable body of playwriting. Gritty dialogue, scenes of outstanding originality and dazzling comic energy, characterize and distinguish these wonderful works. Harry Gibson's adaptation ofTrainspottingwon theSunday TimesBest New Play Award. Keith Wyatt's adaptation ofEcstacywas heralded by Irvine Welsh as 'the best adaptation of my work for the stage that I have seen to date. I loved it.'"Article| Harry Gibson| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Blade Artist
☯ Full Synopsis : "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. The Blade Artist is an elegant, electrifying novel – ultra violent but curiously redemptive – and it marks the return of one of modern fiction’s most infamous, terrifying characters, the incendiary Francis Begbie from Trainspotting."Article| Irvine Welsh| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Edinburgh Companion to Irvine Welsh
☯ Full Synopsis : "The subcultural enfant terrible of devolutionary protest and rebellion, Irvine Welsh is now widely acknowledged as the founding father of a whole new tradition in post-devolution Scottish writing. The unprecedented worldwide success of Trainspotting, magnified by Danny Boyle's iconic film adaptation, revolutionised Scottish culture and radically remoulded the country's self-image from dreamy romantic hinterland to agitated metropolitan hotbed. Though Welsh's career is very much an ongoing phenomenon, his influence on contemporary Scottish literary history is already quite indisputable and enduring."Article| Berthold Schoene| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Trainspotting
☯ Full Synopsis : "Irvine Welsh's controversial first novel, set on the heroin-addicted fringe of working-class youth in Edinburgh, is yet another exploration of the dark side of Scottishness. The main character, Mark Renton, is at the center of a clique of nihilistic slacker junkies with no hopes and no possibilities, and only "mind-numbing and spirit-crushing" alternatives in the straight world they despise. This particular slice of humanity has nothing left but the blackest of humor and a sharpness of wit. American readers can use the glossary in the back to translate the slang and dialect--essential, since the dialogue makes the book. This is a bleak vision sung as musical comedy. Amazon."Article| Irvine Welsh| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Filth
☯ Full Synopsis : "Suitable only for persons of strong constitution. Contains: Drug use Perversion Murder Corruption Sexism Racism Law Enforcement And a tapeworm"Article| Irvine Welsh| Statement ..."