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Irvine Welsh


Scotland (1958 - )

Irvine Welsh was born in Edinburgh in 1958. He lived in London after leaving school, but returned to his native city where he worked in the Council's housing department. He gained a degree in computer science and studied for an MBA at Heriot Watt University.

His first novel, Trainspotting (1993), a blackly comic portrait of a group of young heroin users living in Edinburgh in the 1980s, was adapted as a film directed by Danny Boyle, starring Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle, in 1996. The Acid House, a collection of short stories, was published in 1994 and was followed by Welsh's second novel, Marabou Stork Nightmares (1995), a harrowing stream-of-consciousness narrated by football hooligan Roy Strang. Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance, a collection of three novellas, was published in 1996, and a third novel, Filth, a vivid account of the violent adventures of a bigoted, racist and corrupt Scottish policeman, was published in 1998. Glue (2001), is the story of four boys growing up in an Edinburgh housing estate. Porno, a sequel to Trainspotting, was published in 2002.

Welsh is also the author of the plays, Headstate (1994) and You'll Have Had Your Hole (1998). 4 Play, an omnibus edition of four stage adaptations of Welsh's fiction by Harry Gibson and Keith Wyatt, was published in 2001. His screenplay of The Acid House was directed for Channel 4 Films by Paul McGuigan (1998).

His journalism includes a column for Loaded magazine and occasional articles for The Guardian. He is also a DJ and has recorded a single with rock group Primal Scream. In February 2003 Irvine Welsh began writing a Monday column for the Daily Telegraph.
 
Series
Trainspotting
Skagboys (2012)
1. Trainspotting (1993)
2. Porno (2002)
3. Dead Men's Trousers (2018)
 
Novels
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Collections
 
Plays
 
Novellas


 
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)


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


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Kill Kill Faster Faster (1997)
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Grits (2000)
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"An astonishing feat - pulsing on every page... a magnificently gifted writer."

The Contortionist's Handbook (2002)
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"One of the most interesting writers to emerge in years. This book deserves to be massive."

Hidden Place (2004)
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God Jr. (2005)
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Baby Zero (2007)
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The Fighter (2007)
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Distance
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Long Time Dead (2010)
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And the Land Lay Still (2010)
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The Stray Sod Country (2010)
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City of Bohane (2011)
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Pack Men (2011)
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