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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 – Marabou Stork Nightmares | Review

Title: Marabou Stork Nightmares

Author: Irvine Welsh

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 274

Rating: 9/10


Irvine Welsh - Marabou Stork Nightmares

Irvine Welsh – Marabou Stork Nightmares


This book was probably my favourite of all of the Irvine Welsh books that I’ve read so far, although I do still have three or four to work through. And there’s a big twist at the end of it that I’m going to have to try to avoid spoiling, but it knocked me for six and left a lasting memory, so much so that whilst I haven’t re-read it yet, I want to.

It features Welsh’s inimitable writing style, as his work always does, but it also plays with elements like the layout of the book, and spacing, and it just generally qualifies as some of the author’s more experimental work. Considering that he’s already ‘alternative‘, and well away from what most people think of as a mainstream writer, you can see why that means this might be difficult to read, although it’s worth soldiering on and it’s not too different from some of the other experimental stuff that I’ve seen, but then I seek it out.

This is a pretty good book to start out with if you’re new to Welsh’s work, but I wouldn’t say that it’s exactly representative – it’s just different, and that’s what makes it worth recommending. Welsh has written plenty of good books, and all of them are worth reading, but this stands out from them by being different and so it’s definitely earned a place on your bookcase. So what are you waiting for? Go out and grab a copy of it so you can read it.


Irvine Welsh

Irvine Welsh


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