Porno by Irvine Welsh

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The Trainspotting lads are back...and in worse shape than ever.

In the last gasp of youth, Simon "Sick Boy" Williamson is back in Edinburgh. He taps into one last great scam: directing and producing a porn film. To make it work, he needs bedfellows: the lovely Nikki Fuller-Smith, a student with ambition, ego, and troubles to rival his own; old pal Mark Renton; and a motley crew that includes the neighborhood's favorite ex-beverage salesman, "Juice" Terry.



In the world of Porno, however, even the cons are conned. Sick Boy and Renton jockey for top dog. The out-of-jail and in-for-revenge Begbie is on the loose. But it's the hapless, drug-addled Spud who may be spreading the most trouble.



Porno is a novel about the Trainspotting crew ten years further down the line: still scheming, still scamming, still fighting for the first-class seats as the train careens at high velocity with derailment looming around the next corner.
 

About Irvine Welsh

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Irvine Welsh is the author of Trainspotting, Ecstacy, Filth (soon to be a major motion picture), Glue, Porno, and Crime, among other works. Welsh is also producing movies and writing screenplays. A native of Edinburgh, he lives in Chicago and Miami.
 
Published June 17, 2003 by W. W. Norton & Company. 499 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Into this boys’ club comes Nikki, a student with a taste for self-degradation who gets involved with Sick Boy and, concurrently, his film.

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Porno by Irvine Welsh Jonathan Cape £10, pp320 Billy Connolly - the Big Yin - is rarely a man to be argued with.

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The Guardian

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Porno by Irvine Welsh 484pp, Cape, £10 Irvine Welsh is back on form with his new novel.

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To boost the hormonal rush of the narrative, Welsh tells the story from different points of view, the thickness of the dialect varying convincingly from voice to voice (English Nikki quotes from Middlemarch, while the nearly incomprehensible Begbie says things like "Ah lits um go tae git the bat ...

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There's plenty of suffering in Porno: Sick Boy hates everyone who stands in his way, Nikki hates anyone potentially more successful or attractive than her, Spud hates himself, Begbie hates everyone but himself, and all of them tear themselves and others apart as a result.

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Entertainment Weekly

Welsh decides to give it a go in this belated sequel to 1993's Trainspotting, which ended with barely recovering junkie Mark Renton escaping to Amsterdam after robbing his skaggy Caledonian mates: Spud, Simon ''Sick Boy'' Williamson, and the psychotic Begbie.

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