Books by Irvine Welsh

SKAGBOYS by Irvine Welsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2012

"Red meat for Welsh cultists, but a heavy load for anybody else."
Once more into the ditch: Welsh revisits the economically depressed, heroin-sick slums of Edinburgh in this hefty prequel to Trainspotting (1993). Read full book review >
REHEATED CABBAGE by Irvine Welsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"The stories are dated, true, but even Welsh's leftovers still have enough whiplash to leave a mark."
A blast from the past: eight doses of Scotsploitation and ultraviolence from Welsh's poisonous pen (Crime, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >
CRIME by Irvine Welsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A good man in a very bad world, Lennox deserves a thematically richer novel."
Dime-store psychology and half-baked moralizing undermine this character-driven police procedural. Read full book review >
IF YOU LIKED SCHOOL, YOU’LL LOVE WORK by Irvine Welsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Jane Austen might have laughed at Welsh behind her parasol, but wouldn't have let him into the parlor. Readers who are getting tired of the same old shite may likewise be getting ready to show him the door."
The Scottish provocateur best-known for his ebulliently racy novels (The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs, 2007, etc.) is at it again, in a new collection of four stories and a short novel. Read full book review >
THE BEDROOM SECRETS OF THE MASTER CHEFS by Irvine Welsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 2006

"Something new from the antic provocateur whose recent books have been frustratingly uneven. Welsh's best since his spectacular debut novel Trainspotting."
The dangerous symbiotic relationship embracing two profoundly different protagonists forms the core of Scottish-born Welsh's seventh novel. Read full book review >
PORNO by Irvine Welsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Flush with bile, bitter humor, drugs, and sex: a fun few hundred pages spent with the worst that humanity has to offer."
The Trainspotting boys are back and not a whit wiser for the decade that's passed. Read full book review >
GLUE by Irvine Welsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"A treat for aficionados of local color and connoisseurs of street life and violence. And nearly 500 pages for everyone."
Welsh's eight-volume novel (Filth, 1999; Ecstasy, 1996, etc.) is a windy exposition lasting two decades and detailing the lives of four Scottish pals who sustain a long friendship. Read full book review >
FILTH by Irvine Welsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

The third and most willfully irreverent novel yet from Scotland's answer to William Burroughs, Hubert Selby Jr., and, arguably, Howard Stern. Read full book review >

ECSTASY by Irvine Welsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 1996

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MARABOU STORK NIGHTMARES by Irvine Welsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

Welsh, Scotland's brightest young literary rebel (The Acid House, stories, p. 181), weighs in with a technically dazzling and emotionally wrenching portrait of working-class youth wasted in an emotional vacuum. Roy Strang, in his early 20s, enters the story in a coma and leaves it in even worse shape. Read full book review >

THE ACID HOUSE by Irvine Welsh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1995

A collection of 21 stories and one novella—Welsh's second book, but his first published stateside—that will inevitably be compared to last year's Booker winner, James Kelman. Read full book review >