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'Brilliantly written, inventive, funny, appalling, frightening and every bit as good as Trainspotting' Mail on Sunday
Irvine Welsh is the author of ten previous novels and four books of shorter fiction. He currently lives in Chicago.
The Trainspotting gang returns in a sequel to Welsh's cult novel, this time trying to scheme their way into the annals of adult entertainment. Ten years older, but criminally irresponsible as ever, Sick Boy, Renton, Begbie and Spud are still focusing on illicit drugs and seedy sex. Budding entrepreneur Sick Boy or Simon, as he prefers to be called now comes up with the brilliant idea of starting a porno flick company in Edinburgh, and hunts down Renton in Amsterdam, where his former friend owns a nightclub. With the help of Nikki Fuller-Smith, a ravishing and frustrated undergraduate film student and part-time sex worker aching for fame, the two begin filming and marketing their first movie, making it all the way to the top of the industry before the inevitable crash. Meanwhile, homicidal Begbie and pathetic Spud lurk in the background, waiting to crash the party. 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 wi baith hands"). As has been noted many times, Welsh has an uncanny talent for dialogue, and his writing is often diamond sharp (a sexual encounter is described as "raging bull and mad cow get on board the love boat"). If this follow-up feels less urgent than the original, it is no reflection on Welsh, but rather on the growing familiarity of the terrain he has so inimitably staked out. 10-city author tour. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
"Funny, appalling, frightening" * Mail on Sunday * "A brilliant satirical study of the ugly dynamic which draws together predators and prey" * Sunday Telegraph * "Not for the fainthearted... Highly entertaining" * Sunday Times * "Funny and eloquently obscene" * Daily Telegraph * "A worthy sequel... A touching love song to the possibilities and limits of friendship. Charming, funny and sly, Porno is a good poke at all kinds of pretence and moral tidiness" * Evening Standard *
Those lads from Edinburgh are at it again. Yes, almost six years after Welsh's wildly popular Trainspotting appeared here, his characters return in Porno after playing subsidiary roles in last year's thick Glue. Here, things are looking up for Simon David Williamson ("Sick Boy"), who has inherited a pub in his native Edinburgh. He's also ready to break into the movies, specifically that branch identified as the "adult entertainment industry." For this purpose, he enlists the aid of Nicola Fuller-Smith, hoping that her hyphen will give a touch of class to the work-in-progress titled Seven Rides for Seven Brothers. The big issue is whether Simon will meet the psychotic Begbie, to whom he mails unsolicited gay porn in jail. Welsh's ear for dialectdoesn't fail him in this worthy successor, and his fans won't be disappointed. Dust off those Scottish-English dictionaries. For all larger public libraries.-Bob Lunn, Kansas City P.L., MO Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.