Books

Mr Nice

Howard Marks (and others)

21ST ANNIVERSARY EDITION WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY IRVINE WELSH

He was Britain's most wanted man. He spent seven years in America's toughest penitentiary. You'll like him.

During the mid 1980s Howard Marks had forty three aliases, eighty nine phone lines and owned twenty five companies throughout the world.

At the height of his career he was smuggling consignments of up to thirty tons of marijuana, and had contact with organisations as diverse as MI6, the CIA, the IRA and the Mafia. Following a worldwide operation by the Drug Enforcement Agency, he was arrested and sentenced to twenty-five years in prison at the Terre Haute Penitentiary, Indiana. He was released in April 1995 after serving seven years of his sentence.

Told with humour, charm and candour, Mr Nice is his own extraordinary story.

'The story of a remarkable life, lived by the very brilliant and exceptionally wonderful Mr Nice'
Irvine Welsh

'Frequently hilarious, occasionally sad, and often surreal'
GQ

'A man who makes Peter Pan look like a geriatric'
Loaded

'A folk legend'
Daily Mail

The Blade Artist

Irvine Welsh

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 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

Irvine Welsh

Now a major film directed by Danny Boyle reuniting the cast of Trainspotting

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 ambitions within the Adult industries, 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 Begbie, the troubled, drug-addled Spud, but, most of all, with each other.

T2 Trainspotting was previously published as Porno.

A Decent Ride

Irvine Welsh

Shortlisted for the 2015 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse prize for comic fiction

A rampaging force of nature is wreaking havoc on the streets of Edinburgh, but has top shagger, drug-dealer, gonzo-porn-star and taxi-driver, ‘Juice’ Terry Lawson, finally met his match in Hurricane ‘Bawbag’?

Can Terry 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 Terry 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?

A Decent Ride sees Irvine Welsh back on home turf, leaving us in the capable hands of one of his most compelling and popular characters, ‘Juice’ Terry Lawson, and introducing another bound for cult status, Wee Jonty MacKay: a man with the genitals and brain of a donkey.

In his funniest, filthiest book yet, Irvine Welsh celebrates an un-reconstructed misogynist hustler – a central character who is shameless but also, oddly, decent –and finds new ways of making wild comedy out of fantastically dark material, taking on some of the last taboos. So fasten your seatbelts, because this is one ride that could certainly get a little bumpy…

The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins

Irvine Welsh

From the number one bestselling author of Trainspotting

Meet Lucy Brennan – an aggressive personal trainer who has just become a media hero after taking down a would-be gunman in Miami.


The one witness to the daring rescue is Lena Sorensen – an overweight depressive who is becoming increasingly obsessed with Lucy…


Irvine Welsh’s latest creation captures the two great obsessions of our time – how we look and where we live – and tells a story so subversive and dark it blacks out the Florida sun.

Filth

Irvine Welsh

Suitable only for persons of strong constitution.

Contains:
Drug use
Perversion
Murder
Corruption
Sexism
Racism
Law Enforcement

And a tapeworm

Skagboys

Irvine Welsh

BEFORE TRAINSPOTTING CAME SKAGBOYS

The Number One Bestseller

Mark Renton has it all: he’s good-looking, young, with a pretty girlfriend and a bright future. But there’s no room for him in the 1980s and when his family starts to fracture, Mark’s life swings out of control. The way out is heroin. It’s no better for his friends – Spud Murphy is laid off from his job, Tommy Lawrence finds himself sucked into a life of petty crime, violence and the world of the psychotic Franco Begbie. Only Sick Boy seems to ride the current, scamming and hustling his way through it all. Exhilarating and moving, Skagboys charts their journey from likely lads to young addicts in a decade which changed Britain forever.

A Fault on the Line / Elspeth’s Boyfriend / Kissing and Making Up (Storycuts)

Irvine Welsh

In 'A Fault on the Line', a Hearts-Hibernian football match is on television, and a Sunday afternoon trip to a beer garden with the family is an unwelcome distraction for former trackman Malky. The day ends badly when he decides to hurry them home in time for kick-off.

In 'Elspeth's Boyfriend', it's Christmas day in Leith, and Frank is suffering from the previous evening's excesses. He doesn't take kindly to his sister's fancy new boyfriend. Frank's grumblings about the choice of television programmes develop into a more serious confrontation when a spot of unwanted physical contact causes tempers to flare.

In 'Kissing and Making Up', a drunk seeking an outlet for his frustrations heads to a strip club in the early afternoon. There, however, he only manages to make things worse.

Part of the Storycuts series, these three stories were previously published in the collection Reheated Cabbage.

Catholic Guilt (You Know You Love It) (Storycuts)

Irvine Welsh

A homophobic Scottish labourer in London dies, and is condemned to confront his prejudices in the afterlife. A story about how tragedy can be casually courted when we ignore mental and physical cues, and turn our backs on the past.

Part of the Storycuts series, this story was previously published in the collection Reheated Cabbage.

I Am Miami (Storycuts)

Irvine Welsh

In the tropics of Miami, retired Scottish schoolteacher Albert Black mourns his wife of forty-one years. His grief and inability to connect with his son's Americanised family combine to undermine the Christian ethos that has governed his life. Dejected, he summons a final rallying of his principles and seeks out a confrontation with a former pupil.

Part of the Storycuts series, this story was previously published in the collection Reheated Cabbage.

The Rosewell Incident (Storycuts)

Irvine Welsh

Cigarette-addicted aliens have Midlothian under surveillance. A jaded police constable, a pregnant teenager with a UFO obsession and a gang of youths bent on a violent scam are shaken up when a caravan of travellers arrives in Rosewell, and the local mechanic's long-lost brother turns up in some peculiar company.

Part of the Storycuts series, this story was previously published in the collection Reheated Cabbage.

The State of the Party (Storycuts)

Irvine Welsh

Calum's evening gets off to nostalgic start when a childhood friend, now a junkie, wanders into the bar. His drinking partner, Crooky, has procured some hits of acid, and the trio head off in search of a party. However, their trip goes badly wrong and the morning brings with it a bleak comedown.

Part of the Storycuts series, this story was previously published in the collection Reheated Cabbage.

Victor Spoils (Storycuts)

Irvine Welsh

On a post-clubbing Sunday morning, a series of misfortunes aggravate Sarah's hangover. She must deal with last night's insistent and overly attentive partner, a run-in with an old lover and, most jarringly, the re-emergence of a painfully disabling toothache.

Part of the Storycuts series, this story was previously published in the collection Reheated Cabbage.

If You Liked School, You'll Love Work... (Storycuts)

Irvine Welsh

Mickey Baker, an ex-pat English bar owner living in Spain, returns to England to see his daughter and mother but must face the wrath of his ex-wife, a woman who pulls no punches.

Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection If You Liked School, You'll Love Work.

Kingdom of Fife (Storycuts)

Irvine Welsh

Will Jason King ever charm the young rider Jenni Cahill and gain long-anticipated access to her jodhpurs?

Part of the Storycuts series, this story was previously published in the collection If You Liked School, You'll Love Work.

Miss Arizona (Storycuts)

Irvine Welsh

Raymond Wilson Butler, a director and writer down on his luck, is struggling to write a biography of his hero, the late filmmaker Halliday. He conducts a series of interviews with his widow Yolanda, an overweight woman living alone in the desert in Arizona with a penchant for taxidermy. Raymond knows she is an eccentric but nothing can prepare him for Yolanda's revelation of the true story of the life and death of her late husband.

Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection If You Liked School, You'll Love Work.

Rattlesnakes (Storycuts)

Irvine Welsh

Madeline, Eugene and Scott are three young, beautiful Americans, engaged in a love triangle and enjoying their free and drug-fuelled youth. When they have a car crash in the desert they are forced to wait for assistance. But events spin out of control when they are found instead by a young Mexican who, charged up on the memory of the violent death of his mother and the numerous indignities he has suffered at the hands of his American employers, is ready to make the world pay.

Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection If You Liked School, You'll Love Work.

The DOGS of Lincoln Park (Storycuts)

Irvine Welsh

Three young women - competitive, bitchy and moneyed - have lunch together at their favourite Korean restaurant every Friday. When the friendly chef from the restaurant moves into the same building as one of the girls, she strikes up a friendship with him. But the disappearance of her dog sparks suspicion of the Korean chef's motives, and his culinary ambitions.

Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection If You Liked School, You'll Love Work.

Last Exit to Brooklyn

Hubert Selby Jr. (and others)

Few novels have caused as much debate as Hubert Selby Jr.'s notorious masterpiece, Last Exit to Brooklyn, and this Penguin Modern Classics edition includes an introduction by Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting.

Described by various reviewers as hellish and obscene, Last Exit to Brooklyn tells the stories of New Yorkers who at every turn confront the worst excesses in human nature. Yet there are moments of exquisite tenderness in these troubled lives. Georgette, the transvestite who falls in love with a callous hoodlum; Tralala, the conniving prostitute who plumbs the depths of sexual degradation; and Harry, the strike leader who hides his true desires behind a boorish masculinity, are unforgettable creations. Last Exit to Brooklyn was banned by British courts in 1967, a decision that was reversed the following year with the help of a number of writers and critics including Anthony Burgess and Frank Kermode.

Hubert Selby, Jr. (1928-2004) was born in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of 15, he dropped out of school and went to sea with the merchant marines. While at sea he was diagnosed with lung disease. With no other way to make a living, he decided to try writing: 'I knew the alphabet. Maybe I could be a writer.' In 1964 he completed his first book, Last Exit to Brooklyn, which has since become a cult classic. In 1966, it was the subject of an obscenity trial in the UK. His other books include The Room, The Demon, Requiem for a Dream, The Willow Tree and Waiting Period. In 2000, Requiem for a Dream was adapted into a film starring Jared Leto and Ellen Burstyn, and directed by Darren Aronofsky.

If you enjoyed Last Exit to Brooklyn, you might like Larry McMurty's The Last Picture Show, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.

'Last Exit to Brooklyn will explode like a rusty hellish bombshell over America, and still be eagerly read in 100 years'
Allen Ginsberg

'An urgent tickertape from hell'
Spectator

Catholic Guilt (You Know You Love It)

Irvine Welsh (and others)

A hard drinking, hard fighting builder has a nasty accident when in bed with his best-mate's sister. Little does he know what 'punishment' awaits him on the other side...

Hilarious, shocking and hugely entertaining, Catholic Guilt has all the classic Irvine Welsh ingredients

Irvine Welsh

Biography

Irvine Welsh is the author of ten previous novels and four books of shorter fiction. He currently lives in Chicago.