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Welsh, Irvine

Works: 350 works in 1,744 publications in 26 languages and 22,850 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Drama  Psychological fiction  Film adaptations  Black humor  Humorous fiction  Comedy films  Detective and mystery fiction  Dark comedy films  Short stories 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Author of introduction, Other, Interviewee, Actor, Scenarist, Author of screenplay, wpr, fmp
Classifications: PR6073.E47, 823.914
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Most widely held works about Irvine Welsh
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Most widely held works by Irvine Welsh
Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh( Book )

200 editions published between 1993 and 2018 in 21 languages and held by 2,326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trainspotting is the novel that launched the sensational career of Irvine Welsh - an authentic, unrelenting, and strangely exhilarating group portrait of blasted lives in Edinburgh that has the linguistic energy of A Clockwork Orange and the literary impact of Last Exit to Brooklyn. Rents, Sick Boy, Mother Superior, Swanney, Spuds, and Begbie are as unforgettable a clutch of rude boys, junkies, and nutters as readers will ever encounter
Skagboys by Irvine Welsh( Book )

41 editions published between 2012 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 1,223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the misadventures of Mark Renton and his friends as they cope with economic uncertainties, family problems, drug use, and the opposite sex in 1980s Edinburgh
T2 trainspotting by Danny Boyle( Visual )

21 editions published in 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Na twintig jaar keert ex-verslaafde Mark Renton terug naar Edinburgh. Hij vat het plan op om een pornofilm te maken en krijgt opnieuw te maken met drugsverslaving en met verkeerde vrienden
Crime by Irvine Welsh( Book )

34 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Suffering a mental breakdown in the wake of a devastating child-murder case, Detective Inspector Ray Lennox of the Edinburgh PD takes a leave of absence and hopes for a recuperative vacation in Miami, where he struggles with addiction, his fiancee's wedding plans, and gnawing suspicions about a ten-year-old girl
Porno by Irvine Welsh( Book )

91 editions published between 2002 and 2017 in 15 languages and held by 1,049 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ten years after the events detailed in "Trainspotting", Simon Williamson, a.k.a. Sick Boy, is back in Edinburgh to direct and produce a porn film along with university student Nikki Fuller-Smith and old friend Mark Renton
Glue by Irvine Welsh( Book )

47 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 935 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"We follow their lives from the seventies into the new century - from punk to techno, from speed to E - as they struggle with the conditioning of class and culture, peer pressure, and their parents' hopes that maybe their sons will do better than they did. What binds the four of them is the friendship formed by the projects, their school, and their ambition to escape from both. Their loyalty is fused in street morality: Back up your mates, don't hit women, and, most important, never snitch - on anyone."--Jacket
The sex lives of siamese twins : a novel by Irvine Welsh( Book )

30 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 879 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When Lucy Brennan, a Miami Beach personal-fitness trainer, disarms an apparently crazed gunman chasing two frightened homeless men along a deserted causeway at night, the police and the breaking-news cameras are not far behind. Within hours, Lucy becomes a hero. Her celebrity is short-lived, though: the 'crazed gunman, ' turns out to be a victim of child sexual abuse and the two men are serial pedophiles. The solitary eye-witness, the depressed and overweight Lena Sorenson, thrilled by Lucy's heroism and decisiveness, becomes obsessed with the trainer and enrolls as a client at her Bodysculpt gym. It quickly becomes clear that Lena is more interested in Lucy's body than her own"--Dust jacket flap
Filth : a novel by Irvine Welsh( Book )

56 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 849 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson is trying to nab the killer of the Ghanaian ambassador. However, his interests lean further towards mulling over his love life and coercing sex from teenage drug dealers. Some descriptions of sex, violence and strong language
The bedroom secrets of the master chefs by Irvine Welsh( Book )

29 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 822 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Environmental health officer Danny Skinner embarks on a journey from Edinburgh to San Francisco in search of the father he never knew, and discovers that his identity is entwined with the fate of his despised colleague, Brian Kibby
A decent ride : a novel by Irvine Welsh( Book )

28 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and Russian and held by 776 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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 Lawson that'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"--
The acid house by Irvine Welsh( Book )

59 editions published between 1994 and 2016 in 8 languages and held by 726 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Irvine Welsh's scintillating, disturbing, and altogether outrageous collection of stories—the basis for the 1998 cult movie directed by Paul McGuigan"--
Ecstasy : three tales of chemical romance by Irvine Welsh( Book )

61 editions published between 1996 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 719 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With three delightful tales of love and its up and downs, the ever-surprising Irvine Welsh virtually invents a new genre of fiction: the chemical romance. In "Lorraine Goes to Livingston," a best-selling author of Regency romances, paralyzed and bedridden, plans her revenge on a gambling, whoring husband with the aid of her nurse, Lorraine. In "Fortune's Always Hiding," flawed beauty Samantha Worthington enlists a smitten young soccer thug to find the man who marketed
Marabou stork nightmares : a novel by Irvine Welsh( Book )

34 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 702 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The making of a Scottish hooligan. He is Roy Strang, whose mother was a prostitute, the father a ruffian, and there was a pedophile uncle who played with him. He gets into wrong company, stabs a schoolmate, gang rapes a girl and becomes famous. One day he gets his just deserts. The tale is told in flashbacks as he lies in hospital in a coma. By the author of The Acid House
If you liked school, you'll love work-- by Irvine Welsh( Book )

19 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and Russian and held by 698 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of five short pieces includes "Rattlesnakes," in which three young Americans lost in the desert are accosted by two armed Mexicans, and "The DOGS of Lincoln Park," in which a Korean chef and Chicago socialite bond over a missing dog
Reheated cabbage : tales of chemical degeneration by Irvine Welsh( Book )

21 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Reheated Cabbage" is a new collection of old Irvine Welsh stories, many no longer in print, illustrating all his signature skills - brutal humour, and ear finely turned to the vernacular and, of course, unforgettable characters
Trainspotting by Danny Boyle( Visual )

152 editions published between 1969 and 2017 in 10 languages and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een junk in Edinburgh probeert de heroïne en zijn vrienden vaarwel te zeggen
The blade artist by Irvine Welsh( Book )

18 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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 also 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."--
T2 trainspotting by Irvine Welsh( Book )

16 editions published between 2009 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ten 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 dream of directing and producing a pornographic movie, 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 Frank Begbie, the troubled, drug-addled Spud, but, most of all, with each other
Trainspotting ; & Headstate by Irvine Welsh( Book )

7 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dead men's trousers by Irvine Welsh( Book )

15 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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?
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
CrimePornoGlueFilth : a novelThe bedroom secrets of the master chefsThe acid houseEcstasy : three tales of chemical romanceMarabou stork nightmares : a novel
Alternative Names
Irvine Welsh britischer Schriftsteller

Irvine Welsh écrivain britannique

Irvine Welsh Literato escocés

Irvine Welsh schrijver uit Schotland

Irvine Welsh Scottish novelist

Irvine Welsh scrittore scozzese

Irvine Welsh skotský spisovatel

Velšs, Ērvins

Уэлш, Ирвин шотландский писатель

Ървин Уелш

Ірвін Велш

Ірвін Уэлш

Իրվին Ուելշ

אירווין ולש

אירווין ולש סופר בריטי

וולש, אירווין

اروین ولش

ایروین ولش نویسنده و فیلمنامه‌نویس اسکاتلندی

ირვინ უელში

어빈 웰시

웰시, 어빈 1958-


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