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Irvine Welsh

Scotland (b.1958)

Irvine Welsh is a Scottish novelist, playwright and short story writer. He is recognised for his novel Trainspotting, which was later made into a film of the same name

Genres: Literary Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
   1. Trainspotting (1993)
   2. Porno (2002)
     aka T2 Trainspotting
   3. Dead Men's Trousers (2018)
   Skagboys (2012)
   1. Crime (2008)
   2. The Long Knives (2022)
Non fiction
   Days Like This (2009) (with Jamie Andrew, Hardeep Singh Kohli, Siobhan Redmond and Roddy Woomble)
Short stories
The Acid House [short story] (1995)
Across the Hall (1995)
A Blockage in the System (1995)
Disnae Matter (1995)
Eurotrash (1995)
Granny's Old Junk (1995)
The Granton Star Cause (1995)
The House of John Deaf (1995)
The Last Resort on the Adriatic (1995)
Lisa's Mum Meets the Queen Mum (1995)
Sexual Disaster Quartet (1995)
The Shooter (1995)
A Smart Cunt (1995)
Snowman Building Parts for Rico the Squirrel (1995)
Snuff (1995)
A Soft Touch (1995)
Sport for All (1995)
Stoke Newington Blues (1995)
The Two Philosophers (1995)
Vat '96 (1995)
Wayne Foster (1995)
Where the Debris Meets the Sea (1995)

Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing Best Novel nominee (2015) : A Decent Ride

Irvine Welsh recommends
The Sound of My Voice (1987)
Ron Butlin
"One of the greatest pieces of fiction to come out of Britain in the 80's... Butlin's book is a stylistic triumph."
The Football Factory (1996)
(Football Factory Trilogy, book 1)
John King
"The best book I've read about football and working-class culture in Britain in the nineties."
Grits (2000)
Niall Griffiths
"An astonishing feat - pulsing on every page... a magnificently gifted writer."
The Contortionist's Handbook (2002)
Craig Clevenger
"One of the most interesting writers to emerge in years. This book deserves to be massive."
God Jr. (2005)
Dennis Cooper
"Like the Velvet Underground's first album... Dennis Cooper's writings have a powerful cult influence."
The Fighter (2007)
Craig Davidson
"The Fighter is an essential novel, destined for cult status at the very least."
Kieron Smith, Boy (2008)
James Kelman
"A book full of the wonder of growing up... A magnificent and important novel."
Distance (2008)
Ewan Morrison
"One of the most interesting and exciting voices to emerge in Scottish fiction in recent years."
I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone (2008)
Stephanie Kuehnert
"A wonderfully written and evocative story of a mother and daughter parted by circumstance and joined by music. I heartily recommend it."
The Rapture (2009)
Liz Jensen
"A masterclass on how to write an engaging thriller... You'll be gripped."
Jerusalem (2009)
Patrick Neate
"The most thought-provoking novel of the year. An utterly essential read."
The Death of Bunny Munro (2009)
Nick Cave
"Put Cormac McCarthy, Franz Kafka and Benny Hill together in a Brighton Seaside Guesthouse, and they might just come up with Bunny Munro."
Long Time Dead (2010)
(Gus Dury, book 4)
Tony Black
"Tony Black is my favourite British crime writer."
And the Land Lay Still (2010)
James Robertson
"Wonderful, brilliant, panoramic, illuminating. A joy to read."
The Stray Sod Country (2010)
Patrick McCabe
"If Roddy Doyle is the Beatles of modern Irish Fiction, then Patrick McCabe must be its Rolling Stones."
Delete This at Your Peril (2010)
(Bob Servant, book 1)
Neil Forsyth
"A very, very funny book."
City of Bohane (2011)
Kevin Barry
"The most arresting and original writer to emerge from these islands in years."
Pack Men (2011)
Alan Bissett
"A unique and special novel. I honestly haven't read anything as impressive as thisfrom a Scottish writer in yonks."
Dukla (2011)
Andrzej Stasiuk
"An accomplished stylist with an eye for the telling detail that brings characters and situations to life."
Black Neon (2014)
Tony O'Neill
"I fell i love with every page."
Kill 'Em All (2018)
(Kill Your Friends, book 2)
John Niven
"A banging action satirical thriller. But it’s also a proper novel about the Trumpian era, of the reality TV era, the fake news era. It’s managed to say a lot of things in a way that very few other novels are doing and in a very comedic way."
Hex (2022)
Jenni Fagan
"One of the most stunning literary experiences I've had in years."

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