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Irvine Welsh – Porno | Review

Title: Porno

Author: Irvine Welsh

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 486

Rating 4/5



This is a heavy old read, but what else would you expect from Irvine Welsh? In fact, because the print in this thing is so small, it felt as though it was longer than it was, so I ended up reading it over the course of a month or so, 25 pages at a time in bed. It’s pretty weird bedtime reading, but it was also a good way of doing it because it meant that the story unfolded in real time.

This is the book that the second Trainspotting movie is based on, and indeed it is a sequel, at least in that it follows the same characters. In this one, Sick Boy decides he’s going to make a porn movie, and we follow what happens as he starts shooting and editing the thing. Renton comes back from Amsterdam to help with the funding, and Begbie has been released from jail and is out for blood and vengeance.

There was good and bad to this, but I think that the good mostly overpowered the bad and made this one worth reading. My main complaint with it would be the ending, and even then it’s not as though I didn’t like what happened. It’s more that it felt rushed, especially the last ten pages or so, but then I’m also not sure I could have kept on reading it for too much longer.



What I did like is that we get to see a whole bunch of familiar faces including “Juice” Terry Lawson, who’s one of my favourite of Welsh’s creations. I also feel as though there were one or two minor characters that I’d come across from Welsh’s short stories, although I couldn’t swear by that. He builds these super realistic worlds which are arguably so realistic because he grounds them in our reality.

So all in all then, I was pretty happy with this one, although as I said, it’s not one that I’d recommend going into lightly. The tiny print and the Scottish dialect combine to make it a challenge, although Welsh also does a good job of spacing out the dialect-heavy sections with other sections that are written in regular English. These sections also allow us to see what’s happening from a few different points of view, and that’s cool because it allows us to get a different take on what’s happening.

Would I recommend this? Sure, if you’re an Irvine Welsh fan, but you ought to read Trainspotting first. I also don’t think that they’re the best of Welsh’s books (my favourite is Marabou Stork Nightmares), so it’s not exactly the perfect place to start. But if you’re a fan of Welsh’s writing then you’re going to get more of what you love here. And I’m glad my cat picked this out.



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Irvine Welsh – Reheated Cabbage | Review

Title: Reheated Cabbage

Author: Irvine Welsh

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 275

Rating: 9/10


Irvine Welsh - Reheated Cabbage

Irvine Welsh – Reheated Cabbage


Welsh is back, ya fuckin doss cunt. It’s time for me to blather aboot this eminently readable collection of Welsh’s short stories, spanning from 1994-2000. And what a cracker it is, too.

Written in Welsh’s typical vernacular, complete with his idiosyncratic sense of spelling and grammar, Reheated Cabbage captures the essence of Welsh’s early writing in a fantastic collection of short stories which cover everything from pills and pals to aliens addicted to Embassy cigarettes who’ve learned the niceties of human culture from a Scottish geezer who’s hiding out from the police on-board their ship.


Irvine Welsh

Irvine Welsh


There’s death too, of course – the collection starts with the story of a man who’s so keen to catch the Hibs v.s. Hearts game that he leads his wife into the path of an oncoming train, and you can expect to witness the death of a junkie in the sad surroundings of a Scottish house party.

But above all else, Reheated Cabbage offers you a chance to catch up with old friends, whether you’re eating Christmas dinner with Begbie or you’re catching up with Juice Terry and Carl ‘N-Sign’ Ewart in Miami.


The famous quote from Trainspotting...

The famous quote from Trainspotting…


Meeting up with a middle-aged Carl and Terry is made all the more sweet by the reappearance of their former nemesis – Mr. Black from their schooldays. He’s not quite the imposing figure that he used to be – in fact, by the end of his story, you’ll just want to give him a hug.

That is, if you’re a fuckin poofta, ya fuckin radge – git tae fook and buy the book!


Irvine Welsh - Reheated Cabbage

Irvine Welsh – Reheated Cabbage


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