• Trainspotting

    Irvine Welsh

    Dans la sombre Édimbourg des années 1990, Renton le malin, Sick Boy l'ambitieux, Franco le sociopathe, Spud l'égaré et Tommy l'innocent partagent tout : les petites combines, l'assurance-chômage et la drogue, sous toutes ses formes. Entre deux pintes, après un fix ou une baston, ils racontent la violence d'un quotidien misérable dominé par la rage. Une rage qui les anime tous. La rage de vivre.

  • Trainspotting t.2

    Irvine Welsh

    Retour à la case départ. Après des années de galère, Renton, Begbie, Sick Boy et Spud se retrouvent dans le huis clos froid et pluvieux d'Édimbourg. Le crack, la misère et les coups foireux sont au rendez-vous, mais la rage de vivre demeure. Avec Nikki, une étudiante invraisemblablement belle et hantée à l'idée de vieillir, ils décident de s'en sortir en produisant... le porno du siècle !

    La suite des aventures de Trainspotting, 20 ans après.

  • À Miami, paradis pourri par le Botox et la superficialité, les apparences sont reines. Furie narcissique et coach inflexible, Lucy n'a qu'un seul vice : la baise. Dévorant hommes et femmes, elle mène sa vie à la baguette. Lena est son parfait contraire : petite obèse à la confiance réduite en miettes par un connard. Entre ces deux femmes en quête de vérité, naît une amitié vache qui va les métamorphoser à jamais...

  • Skagboys

    Irvine Welsh

    Renton, Spud, Sick Boy et Begbie ont déjà tout essayé : speed, acide, tise. Sauf l'héroïne, ou skag. Au premier shoot succède l'addiction. Loin de s'en préoccuper, cette bande déjantée vit de petite délinquance, de virées dans les pubs, de concours loufoques et de plans alambiqués pour draguer des nanas. C'est le quotidien barré et cynique d'une génération anesthésiée, celle des années Thatcher.

  • Crime

    Irvine Welsh

    Déprimé par une sordide affaire d'infanticides, difficilement remis d'une overdose, l'inspecteur Ray Lennox quitte Édimbourg pour se réfugier à Miami. Mais sa fiancée ne songe qu'à préparer leur mariage et il se retrouve désoeuvré. Quand un toxico lui présente une fillette de dix ans victime de prédation sexuelle, Lennox décide de la protéger. Commence un incroyable un périple à travers la Floride.

  • Glu

    Irvine Welsh

    - Quatre jeunes garçons issus des banlieues miteuses d'Edimbourg, qui, entre deux bagarres, se retrouvent dans les pubs enfumés de la ville. Il y a Terry le don Juan, Billy le boxeur, Carl le DJ et Gally la poisse. Leur lien ? Une amitié indécollable comme de la glu. Ensemble, ils parcourront trente ans, sur fond de fermetures d'usine, de thatchérisme sauvage et de marasme économique. Du punk à la techno, de l'héroïne à l'ecstasy, ces laissés-pour-compte chercheront leur vraie place dans une société qui les rejette et développeront leur propre langue.

    - Né en 1958 à Edimbourg, Irvine Welsh a été réparateur de télévision, punk, musicien et agent immobilier avant de devenir écrivain. Auteur du cultissime Trainspotting, ce Zola écossais a également écrit Ecstasy, Une ordure et Porno, disponibles en Points.

  • Le terrible Begbie, l'un des quatre héros de Trainspotting, mène enfin une vie tranquille sous le nom de Jim Francis.
    Peintre et sculpteur à succès, il vit confortablement avec sa femme et leurs deux filles dans une station balnéaire prospère de Californie. Pour certains il est un escroc, pour d'autres un visionnaire.
    Lorsqu'après le meurtre de son fils qu'il connaissait à peine, il regagne Édimbourg et retrouve ses amis, ils attendent de lui une sanglante vengeance. Pendant ce temps, de l'autre côté de l'Atlantique, sa femme et ses filles découvrent un passé sordide qui ne semble pas qu'un lointain souvenir.
    Roman élégant, électrisant, ultraviolent mais curieusement rédempteur, L'Artiste au couteau développe l'univers de Trainspotting, avec le retour d'un des personnages contemporains les plus infâmes et attachants de la littérature, l'incendiaire Francis Begbie.

  • De l'adolescence avec Skagboys à Trainspotting 2 (Porno) qui les réunit vingt ans plus tard autour d'une énième et fumante idée pour enfin s'en sortir, on suit ici enfin dans la continuité le destin des célèbres héros de Trainspotting, Renton, Tommy, Spud, Begbie et Sick Boy. Et l'on comprend pourquoi ces enfants de la désolation sociale consumériste sont devenus, pour toute une jeunesse mondiale, l'étendard joyeux et hédoniste du mal-être de ceux qui n'ont plus rien.

    La puissance et le travail de Welsh sur l'analyse sociétale, l'écriture du réel et la langue de l'oralité prennent également toute leur dimension, dans ce cycle qui prend place parmi les chefs d'oeuvre du roman réaliste social.

    « Welsh est la meilleure chose qui soit arrivée à la littérature britannique depuis des décennies. » Sunday Times

  • *THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER* Mark Renton is finally a success. An international jet-setter, he now makes significant money managing DJs, but the constant travel, airport lounges, soulless hotel rooms and broken relationships have left him dissatisfied with his life. He's then rocked by a chance encounter with Frank Begbie, from whom he'd been hiding for years after a terrible betrayal and the resulting debt. But the psychotic Begbie appears to have reinvented himself as a celebrated artist and - much to Mark's astonishment - doesn't seem interested in revenge.

    Sick Boy and Spud, who have agendas of their own, are intrigued to learn that their old friends are back in town, but when they enter the bleak world of organ-harvesting, things start to go so badly wrong. Lurching from crisis to crisis, the four men circle each other, driven by their personal histories and addictions, confused, angry - so desperate that even Hibs winning the Scottish Cup doesn't really help. One of these four will not survive to the end of this book. Which one of them is wearing Dead Men's Trousers?

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  • Skinner et Kibby, de l'inspection sanitaire d'Édimbourg : ces deux types-là se haïssent. L'un est violent, dragueur et alcoolique notoire ; l'autre lâche, puceau, toujours sobre. Tout bascule quand Skinner, ivre et plein de rage, maudit en secret son rival. Il s'aperçoit alors qu'il peut boire comme un trou sans jamais être bourré. tandis que Kibby se réveille chaque matin avec une gueule de bois carabinée !

  • Une ordure

    Irvine Welsh

    entre deux lignes de coke et une barre de kit-kat, le brigadier robertson remplit scrupuleusement sa fiche d'heures supplémentaires.
    tout en reluquant ses collègues féminines, il songe à la semaine de vacances - stupre et stupéfiants - qu'il va passer à amsterdam. le départ impromptu de sa femme et de sa fille, la mort d'un jeune noir et un ver solitaire coriace ne suffiront pas à contrecarrer ses plans...

  • Anglais A DECENT RIDE

    Irvine Welsh

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  • 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.

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  • When Lucy Brennan, a Miami Beach personal-fitness trainer, disarms a gunman chasing two frightened homeless men, the police and the breaking-news cameras are not far behind and, within hours, Lucy is a media hero. The solitary eye-witness is the depressed and overweight Lena Sorensen, who becomes obsessed with Lucy and signs up as her client - though she seems more interested in the trainer's body than her own. When the two women find themselves more closely aligned, and can't stop thinking about the sex lives of Siamese twins, the real problems start...



    In the aggressive, foul-mouthed trainer, Lucy Brennan, and the needy, manipulative Lena Sorensen, Irvine Welsh has created two of his most memorable female protagonists, and one of the most bizarre, sado-masochistic folies à deux in contemporary fiction. Featuring murder, depravity and revenge - and enormous amounts of food and sex - The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins taps into 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.

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  • A collection of five stories: "The Acid House", "Rattlesnakes", "The DOGS. of Lincoln Park", "Miss Arizona" and "The Kingdom of Fife".

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  • Troubled Environmental Health Officer Danny Skinner is engaged on a quest to uncover what he refers to as 'the bedroom secrets of the master chefs'. This book presents a gothic parable about the great obsessions: food, sex and minor celebrity, and an examination of identity, male rivalry and the need to belong in the world.

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  • Roy Strang is engaged in a strange quest in a surrealist South Africa. His mission is to eradicate the evil marabou stork before it drives away the flamingo from picturesque Lake Torto. Part of the 1995 Scottish Book Fortnight promotion.

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  • Le coup du siècle Nouv.

    Terry Lawson, après avoir servi de chauffeur à de nombreux écrivains pour le Festival d'Édimbourg, décide qu'une solide éducation littéraire sera un atout dans ses escapades sexuelles implacables et l'aidera à compenser la perte de sa virilité. Il rencontre Wee Jonty, un personnage bien nanti, gentil mais obscur, comme Curtis de Porno, dont la petite amie Jinty Magdalen a disparu. Lawson accepte de l'aider à la retrouver, ses « enquêtes » lui faisant remettre en question les motivations d'un homme d'affaires américain de premier plan et star de télévision Ronald Checker (un pastiche de Donald Trump) et son rôle dans la disparition de Jinty. La narration du livre alterne entre Lawson, Jonty et Checker.
    Fidèle à ce qui fait sa patte, Irvine Welsh crée un personnage central d'arnaqueur misogyne sans vergogne et, à partir d'un matériau très sombre, déploie un humour noir au vitriol pour se renouveler dans une comédie sauvage qui abat les derniers tabous. Ce serait La Pire personne au Monde en Écosse. Attachez vos ceintures, ça va bouger !

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  • Roy Strang is engaged is a strange quest in a surrealist South Africa. His mission is to eradicate the evil predator-scavenger bird, the marabou stork, before it drives away the peace-loving flamingo from the picturesque Lake Torto. But behind this world lies another: the world of Roy's bizarre family, the Scottish housing scheme in which he grew up, his mundane job, a disastrous emigration to Aftrica, and his youthful life of brutality with a gang of soccer casuals. As one world crashes into the other, this potentially charming story of ornithological goodwill mutates into a filthy tale of violence, abuse and redemption.

  • Troubled Environmental Health Officer Danny Skinner is engaged on a quest to uncover what he refers to as 'the bedroom secrets of the master chefs'. He regards the unravelling of this classified information as the key to learning genetic facts about himself and the crippling compulsions that threaten to wreck his young life. The ensuing journey takes him from Europe's festival city of Edinburgh to the foodie capital of America, San Francisco. But the hard-drinking, womanising Skinner has a strange nemesis in the form of model-railway enthusiast Brian Kibby. It is his unfathomable, obsessive hatred of Kibby that takes over everything, threatening to destroy not only Skinner and his mission but also those he loves most dearly. When Kibby contracts a horrific and debilitating mystery virus, Skinner understands that his destiny is inextricably bound to that of his hated rival, and he is faced with a terrible dilemma. The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs is a gothic parable about the great obsessions of our time: food, sex and minor celebrity, and is a brilliant examination of identity, male rivalry and the need to belong in the world.

  • Anglais Reheated Cabbage

    Irvine Welsh

    In these pages you can enjoy Christmas dinner with Begbie, and see how warmly Franco greets his sister's boyfriend and the news of their engagement. You will discover, in 'The Rosewell Incident', how aliens addicted to Embassy Regal have Midlothian under surveillance, and plan to install the local casuals as the new governors of Planet Earth. You will not be surprised to read that a televised Hibs v. Hearts game might matter more to one character than the life of his wife, or that two guys fighting over a beautiful girl might agree - on reflection, and after a few pills and many pints of lager - that their friendship is actually more important. And you will be delighted to welcome back 'Juice' Terry Lawson, and to watch what happens when he meets his old nemesis, retired schoolmaster Albert Black, under the strobe-lights of a Miami Beach nightclub.

  • Anglais 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.

  • In his first short-story collection since The Acid House, Irvine Welsh sets us five tricky questions.

    In 'Rattlesnakes' how do three young Americans find themselves lost in the desert, and why does one find himself performing fellatio on another while being watched by the bare-breasted Madeline and two armed Mexicans?

    Who is the mysterious Korean chef who has moved upstairs to Chicago socialite Kendra Cross, in 'The D.O.G.S. of Lincoln Park', and what does he have to do with the disappearance of her faithful pooch Toto?

    In the title story, can Mickey Baker - an expat English bar-owner ducking and diving on the Costa Brava - manage to keep all his balls in the air: maintaining his barmaid Cynthia's body weight at the sexual maximum while attending to the youthful Persephone and dodging his persistent ex-wife and a pair of Spanish gangsters?

    By what train of events does Raymond Wilson Butler, writing a biography of a legendary US film director in 'Miss Arizona' come to end up as a piece of movie memorabilia?

    And how, in the novella 'The Kingdom of Fife' will Jason King - diminutive ex-trainee jockey and Subbuteo star of Cowdenbeath - fare in the world of middle-class female equestrians, and will he ever enjoy the tender and long-anticipated charms of Jenni Cahill and her remarkable jodhpurs?

    All of these questions are posed, and answered, in these five extraordinary stories: stries that remind us that Irvine Welsh is a master of the shorter form, a brilliant storyteller, and - unarguably - one of the funniest and filthiest writers in Britain.

  • 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.

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