The Blade Artist

The Blade Artist
Author: Irvine Welsh
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2016-04-07
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781473520967

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‘Back to his violent best...dark, gruesome and captivating’ Esquire The most terrifying character from Trainspotting returns. 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.

The Blade Artist

The Blade Artist
Author: Irvine Welsh
Publsiher: Vintage Books
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2017-04-06
Genre: California
ISBN: 178470055X

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Jim Francis has the perfect life. A successful painter and sculptor, he lives peacefully with his wife and two young daughters in a wealthy beach town in sun-drenched California. Some say he's a fake, others see him as a genuine visionary. But Francis has a dark, dark past. And when he crosses the Atlantic to Scotland for the funeral of a murdered son he barely knew, his old Edinburgh community expects him to take bloody revenge. When his wife discovers something gruesome in California, which suggests her husband's violent past might also be his psychotic present, things start to go very bad, very quickly.

Dead Men s Trousers

Dead Men s Trousers
Author: Irvine Welsh
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2018-03-29
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781473555587

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**A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER** Mark Renton from Trainspotting is back – and he’s 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? ‘Welsh is on compulsively readable, searingly funny form’ The Times ‘No one captures the competing affections and resentments that underpin lifelong friendships like Welsh’ Esquire

Skagboys

Skagboys
Author: Irvine Welsh
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 560
Release: 2012-04-19
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781409028239

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*Number #1 Bestseller** BEFORE TRAINSPOTTING CAME SKAGBOYS 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. 'Masterful... its banter, outrage and razor wit sing off the page' Independent 'Funny...visceral and true... Welsh's finest work to date' The Times

If You Liked School You ll Love Work Storycuts

If You Liked School  You ll Love Work     Storycuts
Author: Irvine Welsh
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 58
Release: 2011-11-17
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781448129157

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Mickey Baker, an ex-pat English bar owner living in Spain, returns to England to see his daughter and mother but must face the wrath of his ex-wife, a woman who pulls no punches. Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection If You Liked School, You'll Love Work.

Marabou Stork Nightmares

Marabou Stork Nightmares
Author: Irvine Welsh
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2009-01-01
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781407019390

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Roy Strang is engaged in a strange quest in a surrealist South Africa. His mission is to eradicate an 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 Africa, 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.

Glue

Glue
Author: Irvine Welsh
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 576
Release: 2008-12-16
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781407018072

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'Welsh is brilliant at what he does... This is his most readable and memorable novel since Trainspotting' Independent on Sunday Glue is the story of four boys growing up in the Edinburgh schemes, and about the loyalties, the experiences and the secrets that hold them together into their thirties. As we follow their lives from the 70s into the new century - from punk to techno, from speed to Es - we can see each of them trying to struggle out from under the weight of the conditioning of class and culture, peer pressure and their parents' hopes that maybe their sons will do better than they did. What binds the four of them is the friendship formed by the scheme, their school, and their ambition to escape from both; their loyalty fused in street morality: back up your mates, don't hit women and, most importantly, never grass - on anyone. 'His most ambitious, but also his most complete and engaging work to date... arguably, his best book' TLS

Blade

Blade
Author: Steven Ogburn,Blade,Chris Pape
Publsiher: Schiffer Publishing
Total Pages: 247
Release: 2014-04-28
Genre: Art
ISBN: 076434661X

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BLADE has already told his life story through graffiti. Now, more than forty years into his career and armed with an incredible memory, BLADE sits down with Chris Pape to reflect on growing up in the Bronx in the turbulent 1970s, and recounts the highs and lows of his storied career, holding nothing back. BLADE is considered "The King of Graffiti" because, by 1980, after painting 5,000 wildly creative trains, he stopped counting. This book parallels the New York graffiti movement almost from its inception, moving through its glory years in the mid-1970s, when BLADE earned his title, and ending in the global art scene, where he remains a major presence. BLADE helped New York graffiti become internationally famous by making it look fun, and, for reasons of quantity, quality, and, perhaps above all, for sheer spirit, BLADE may very well be the most popular graffiti artist with his peers.

Rave

Rave
Author: Irvine Welsh
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2018-04-05
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781473556065

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Irvine Welsh, 'poet laureate of the chemical generation', exposes the seamy underbelly of rave’s utopian dream. Lloyd, our permanently pilled-up protagonist, pushes his weekends to breaking point and beyond in this frazzled trip through Scottish clubland. He experiences the vertiginous uppers and downers of the Second Summer of Love, dabbles in a spot of disc jockeying and closes in, gradually, on some kind of redemption... Selected from Irvine Welsh's novel Ecstasy. VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS. A series of short books by the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human Also in the Vintage Minis series: Home by Salman Rushdie Dreams by Sigmund Freud Eating by Nigella Lawson Work by Joseph Heller

The Sidewalk Artist

The Sidewalk Artist
Author: Gina Buonaguro,Janice Kirk
Publsiher: Macmillan
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2007-04-01
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781429902458

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"A fantasia of a double tale skimming through the art capitals of Europe with double muses, double love pursuits, double Raphaels, even double authors, a tale dripping with idealized romantic settings, mystery, art, and a touch of magic, The Sidewalk Artist will keep readers wondering what is real and what is artifice--as fine paintings always do." --Susan Vreeland, author of Girl in Hyacinth Blue While in Europe researching her next novel, twenty-something American Tulia Rose falls headlong into a romance with a handsome sidewalk artist. As he takes her on a tour of Europe's artistic treasures, she begins writing the story of the painter Raphael and his secret lover. Yet as her own affair grows deeper, Tulia's sidewalk artist grows more mysterious. Why does he seem so familiar? And what is his connection to the great Renaissance painter? Set in Paris and Italy, this lyrical first novel interweaves two parallel love stories, offering readers a unique view on the research and inspiration that goes into creating historical novels such as The Girl with the Pearl Earring and The Birth of Venus.

Reheated Cabbage

Reheated Cabbage
Author: Irvine Welsh
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2009-09-15
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781409078739

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Hilarious, shocking and hugely entertaining, Reheated Cabbage has all the classic Irvine Welsh ingredients In Reheated Cabbage you can enjoy Christmas dinner with Begbie and discover how aliens addicted to Embassy Regal have Midlothian under surveillance. You will meet a husband who values a televised Hibs v Hearts game more than his wife's life and see two guys fighting over a beautiful girl agree - after a few pills and 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 under the strobe-lights of a Miami Beach nightclub. 'The stories combine sly humour with the tang of lived experience. It makes for a terrific collection, showcasing a writer who...has blossomed into one of the most distinctive, and distinguished, observers of British life' Sunday Telegraph

A Decent Ride

A Decent Ride
Author: Irvine Welsh
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 496
Release: 2015-04-16
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781473520974

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Shortlisted for the 2015 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse prize for comic fiction A rampaging force of nature is wreaking havoc on the streets of Edinburgh, but has top shagger, drug-dealer, gonzo-porn-star and taxi-driver, ‘Juice’ Terry Lawson, finally met his match in Hurricane ‘Bawbag’? Can Terry discover the fate of the missing beauty, Jinty Magdalen, and keep her idiot-savant lover, the man-child Wee Jonty, out of prison? Will he find out the real motives of unscrupulous American businessman and reality-TV star, Ronald Checker? And, crucially, will Terry be able to negotiate life after a terrible event robs him of his sexual virility, and can a new fascination for the game of golf help him to live without... A DECENT RIDE? A Decent Ride sees Irvine Welsh back on home turf, leaving us in the capable hands of one of his most compelling and popular characters, ‘Juice’ Terry Lawson, and introducing another bound for cult status, Wee Jonty MacKay: a man with the genitals and brain of a donkey. In his funniest, filthiest book yet, Irvine Welsh celebrates an un-reconstructed misogynist hustler – a central character who is shameless but also, oddly, decent –and finds new ways of making wild comedy out of fantastically dark material, taking on some of the last taboos. So fasten your seatbelts, because this is one ride that could certainly get a little bumpy...

Una the Blade

Una the Blade
Author: Steve LeCouilliard
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 84
Release: 2016
Genre: Futurism (Literary movement)
ISBN: 1927742064

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In the far distant future, the Earth is dying. Magic and technology mix together on the last remaining continent, where humanity's last descendants struggle to survive in an ecosystem decimated by mass extinctions. In the middle of all this chaos, a warrior woman seeks to protect two young children from horrific sorcery and fanatical belief. With an uncanny talent for the sword and the friendship of a vengeful sorceress, Una the Blade defies an empire and makes war on the gods themselves.

Trainspotting

Trainspotting
Author: Irvine Welsh
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 343
Release: 2011
Genre: Black humor
ISBN: 9780099563075

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Irvine Welsh's controversial first novel, set on the heroin-addicted fringe of working-class youth in Edinburgh, is yet another exploration of the dark side of Scottishness. The main character, Mark Renton, is at the center of a clique of nihilistic slacker junkies with no hopes and no possibilities, and only "mind-numbing and spirit-crushing" alternatives in the straight world they despise. This particular slice of humanity has nothing left but the blackest of humor and a sharpness of wit. American readers can use the glossary in the back to translate the slang and dialect--essential, since the dialogue makes the book. This is a bleak vision sung as musical comedy. Amazon.

Before the Blade

Before the Blade
Author: Hannah L. Maruyama
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2019-02-09
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 195013301X

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What do grandmas and 'Gram girls have in common? They are all getting their eyebrows tattooed! In her first book, semi permanent makeup artist, beauty science lover, and researcher Hannah Maruyama tackles some of the most frequently asked questions about microblading and semi permanent makeup. This book will help you decide if semi permanent makeup is the right choice for you, explain how to choose an artist, and dispel the facts and fictions around this increasingly popular procedure. If you are interested or thinking about microblading or any other form of semi permanent cosmetics, you need this book!