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Ten years on from Trainspotting, Simon 'Sick Boy' Williamson is back in Edinburgh after a long spell in London. Having failed spectacularly as a hustler, pimp, husband, father and businessman, Sick Boy taps into an opportunity, which to him represents one last throw of the dice. However, to realise his dream of directing and producing a pornographic movie, Sick Boy must team up with old pal and fellow exile Mark Renton and a motley crew that includes the city's favourite ex-aerated-water-salesman, 'Juice' Terry Lawson. In the world of Porno, however, nothing is straightforward, as Sick Boy and Renton find out that they have unresolved issues to address, concerning the increasingly unhinged Frank Begbie, the troubled, drug-addled Spud, but, most of all, with each other.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099422464
ISBN-10: 0099422468
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 31mm)
Pages: 496
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Reviews

UK Kirkus Review » Porno picks up where Trainspotting left off, reuniting the same motley crew of drug addicts, chancers, reprobates and hustlers ten years on. Spud is trying to kick the habit. Begbie is about to come out of prison, where he has, to his great consternation, been receiving regular packages of gay porn from an anonymous 'benefactor'. Meanwhile Sick Boy (the benefactor in question) returns from London to take over his aunt's pub in a none-too-salubrious part of Leith, and in one final, mad fling of the dice, decides to try his hand at directing porno movies. He enlists the services of the lovely Nikki Fuller-Smith, a lithe young film student whose ambition (and libido) matches his own, and who, between delivering hand-jobs in a local massage parlour, dreams of making a non-exploitative sex film. On a trip to Amsterdam (to check out the competition) they run into Sick Boy's old friend/new enemy, Renton, who, you may recall, ran off at the end of Trainspotting with the gang's ill-gotten gains. While all is not exactly forgiven, Sick Boy counts Renton in on the action and together they await the inevitable showdown with Begbie. That Welsh would eventually return to the psychotic but loveable characters of Trainspotting seems, on reflection, all too predictable. He hasn't managed anything as satisfying, as complete, since. Once again, the multiple narrators are skilfully (re)introduced, with Sick Boy and Nikki providing much-needed relief from the phonetically rendered, expletive-laden dialect of Spud and Begbie. Cocaine, rather than heroin, is the drug of choice here, but then drugs come a poor second to sex in this sequel. The heady cocktail of bad language, pornography and relentless drug abuse won't win any new converts, but for those who enjoyed Trainspotting, it's like meeting up with an old friend. You laugh and remember the good times, decide after a while that they've grown boring and complacent, but stay until closing time anyway. (Kirkus UK)


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Author Biography - Irvine Welsh

Irvine Welsh is the author of eight previous novels and four books of shorter fiction. He currently lives in Chicago.

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