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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (3 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099422468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099422464
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Irvine Welsh was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Raised in the tenement homes of Leith, the prefabs in West Pilton and the maisonettes in Muirhouse, he attended Ainslie Park Secondary School. At sixteen, he left education and took on various jobs, and eventually moved to London in the seventies. There he dabbled with the property market while spending his free time exploring the London punk scene. He then moved back to Edinburgh to study an MBA.

Back home, and inspired by the nineties rave scene, he was fortunate enough to run into some fascinating characters whom he immortalised in his diary - and, later, in the pages of Trainspotting. At first dismissed for its unmarketable content, Trainspotting shot Welsh to fame, precipitated further by the release of the film, by Danny Boyle, three years later.

Since then he has written eight other works of fiction. He currently lives in Chicago.

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Porno is a sequel to Trainspotting, and builds on the success of that caustic and very funny novel by taking some of the characters through some radical new catastrophes. Sick Boy returns to Edinburgh with his ventures as a pimp and hustler in London having gone pear-shaped. Desperate for money, he comes up with a new idea, one that (he hopes) will really rake in the cash: the production of a low-rent porn film. Now Welsh introduces us to a new development: the novel’s Sick Girl, Nicola Fuller-Smith, the object of Sick Boy's fevered lust, whom he also believes will be his passport to all kinds of substance-abusing happiness – needless to say, he’s in for a rude awakening.

Other favourite characters from Trainspotting make a welcome reappearance: Renton, Begbie (even more psychotically dangerous than in the earlier book) and the unfortunate Spud, still unable to kick the drugs. Welsh fans need not hesitate: this is every bit as exuberant, hilarious, disgusting and irresistible as its predecessor.--Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Funny and eloquently obscene (Daily Telegraph 2002-10-17)

A brilliant satirical study of the ugly dynamic which draws together predators and prey (Sunday Telegraph 2002-10-17)

Not for the fainthearted... Highly entertaining (Sunday Times 2002-10-17)

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)

Captures and celebrates the hangover of youth (Observer)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By will gold on 23 Aug 2002
Format: Paperback
This book will probably be heralded as Welsh's return to form but I doubt whether he left it in the first place.
This, the sequel to trainspotting has many welcome continual traits. Drug abuse, scheming, cheating, violence-all the themes that highlight the worse sides of human behavior are all here, that give us that sick kick. However Porno is not as black nor foul as it's predecessor and this is coupled with warmer relationships and a more sedantry pace. The frenetic drug fuelled core to trainspotting has given way to the slow sleaze of porn. The focus on sickboy is fresh and the return of the other characters not tired nor rinsed. Porno is an accomplishment yet what will the critics say? Don't let their consistencies get in the way. This book cannot be agenda setting. Trainspotting has done that already but it is still a well crafted, revealing and most importantly, worthy successor. Roll on film.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A. Ross TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Dec 2002
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Before you read this book, you definitely must first read Welsh's first novel Trainspotting, and you should probably also read his last one, Glue. Porno is a direct sequel to Trainspotting, bringing back virtually all the characters some ten years later, and it's a semi-sequel to Glue, adding some of that book's characters into the mix, most notably "Juice" Terry Lawton and Rab Birrell. Porno will lack a great deal of depth and resonance for readers not familiar with those earlier books and their characters and settings.
And therein lies both Porno's attraction and minor disappointments. If you loved Trainspotting, reading Porno is very much like the experience of having seen a great band in a tiny club when they were just starting, and then seeing the same band ten years later in a large venue when they are more popular. They may still be amazing and play your favorite songs, but inevitably they've mellowed a touch, the intensity is isn't the same, and you get a little wistful. And to a certain extent, that's exactly what the book is about, aging, maturing, and getting over one's past. It's totally unfair to expect another Trainspotting from Welsh, an author can only write that passionate and electric a book once, and it's usually the first book they write. In any event, readers have had ten years to get used to reading Scots dialect and it's hard to conceive of what Welsh could write about that would be equally shocking as his heroin underworld.
In any event, Porno is a carefully plotted and constructed story, told in alternating first-person chapters by Sick Boy, his new lady Nikki Fuller-Smith, Spud, Begbie, and Renton. The central character is Sick Boy, who's seeking to reinvent himself as post-millenium entrepreneur, starting by making a porn film with his circle of acquaintances.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mike Cormack on 29 Sep 2007
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Porno, as everyone should know by now, catches up with the characters from Trainspotting 10 years on. In the books since then (namely, Ecstasy, Filth, and Glue, with the exception of the criminally under-rated Marabou Stork Nightmares), the rascals have turned up in one guise or another so it's no real surprise that Welsh has returned to them. While it does help to create Welsh's own world, his fictional equivalent of Edinburgh as a closed environment. The cynic might say that this makes life easier for Welsh as all he has to do when he requires is let Begbie (or Larry Doyle, or Lexo, all previous creations) pop up.

This time there is no authorial narrative; the story is all told be the various characters. Welsh is superb at voices, and conveys the mindscape of Sick Boy, Begbie, Spud, Renton with no little skill. He also adds a new character, Nikki Fuller-Smith, a highly attractive female student from Reading, who meets Sick Boy and agrees to his scheme of making a porn, which forms the spine of the novel.

Welsh also understands and skillfully evokes the changes and developments of the four ex-Trainspotters superbly. He has a razor-sharp eye for social detail and uses this to great effect. It's one of the sad things in life that while youngsters from different backgrounds may start out on similar paths, eventually these differences alter their lives fundamentally. So Spud is getting nowhere fast, drifting through life and barely coping on a day-to-day basis; Sick Boy fears the onset of age as a user like him would no longer be able to blag it ("I need product" he says); Begbie, newly released from prison, continues on his inexorable path towards death or jail; while Renton, clearly Welsh's alter-ego, is an upwardly-mobile working-class intellectual.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By afurandy on 7 Nov 2002
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As I read Porno I was pulled back into the world of renton, sick boy et. al, and was pleased to say that despite all the hype that trainspotting went on to produce, the new book is a truly believable 10 years on. Don't know how they'll film it though. In my top 3 welsh books - trainspotting and marabou stork nightmares being the others. Highly recommended.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 May 2004
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This is not just a book, a story etc.....this is a journey. (slight cliche)
DO NOT read this book, unless you have recently read 'Trainspotting', also by Irvine Welsh!
Porno, and Trainspotting, are the best books i have ever read, and are quite simply undescribable in terms of their literal brilliance and power to draw the reader into the text.
Reading Porno is like reminiscing with old mates, namely the characters from Trainspotting, and will take hold of you, untill you finish the book, at which point you will want to re-read it!
Basically, you NEED to read these books.
Enjoy.....
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