Irvine Welsh is a Scottish novelist, best known for his novel Trainspotting. The novel was adapted into a very successful film in 1996. In addition to Trainspotting, his work has been adapted to both film and theatre.

Irvine Welsh became a published author in 1993 with his novel Traninspotting. He followed it up in with a 2002 sequel, entitled Porno. He has also written several standalone novels and short story collections. Below is a list of Irvine Welsh’s published work in order:

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Publication Order of Crime Books

Crime (2008)Description / Buy at
The Long Knives (2022)Description / Buy at
DS Ray Lennox is also a part of the standalone novel Filth.

Publication Order of Trainspotting / Mark Renton Books

Trainspotting (1993)Description / Buy at
Porno / T2 Trainspotting (2005)Description / Buy at
Skagboys (2012)Description / Buy at
The Blade Artist (2016)Description / Buy at
Dead Men's Trousers (2018)Description / Buy at

Chronological Order of Trainspotting / Mark Renton Books

Skagboys(2012)Description / Buy at
Trainspotting(1993)Description / Buy at
Porno / T2 Trainspotting(2005)Description / Buy at
The Blade Artist(2016)Description / Buy at
Dead Men's Trousers(2018)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Terry Lawson Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Marabou Stork Nightmares (1995)Description / Buy at
Filth (1998)Description / Buy at
You'll Have Had Your Hole (1998)Description / Buy at
The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs (2006)Description / Buy at
Babylon Heights (2006)Description / Buy at
The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins (2014)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Acid House (1994)Description / Buy at
Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance (1996)Description / Buy at
If You Liked School, You'll Love Work (2007)Description / Buy at
Reheated Cabbage (2009)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Days Like This (2009)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Anthologies

A Tongue in Yer Heid(1994)Description / Buy at
Ahead of its Time(1997)Description / Buy at
Open City #5: Change or Die(1997)Description / Buy at
Children of Albion Rovers(1997)Description / Buy at
Acid Plaid: New Scottish Writing(1997)Description / Buy at
Intoxication(1998)Description / Buy at
Speaking With the Angel(2000)Description / Buy at
The Weekenders: Travels in the Heart of Africa(2001)Description / Buy at
The Weekenders: Adventures in Calcutta(2004)Description / Buy at
One City(2005)Description / Buy at
British Poetry Magazines 1914-2000: A History and Bibliography of 'Little Magazines'(2006)Description / Buy at
Rotten English: A Literary Anthology(2007)Description / Buy at
Because I am a Girl(2010)Description / Buy at
One for the Trouble: Book Slam Volume 1(2011)Description / Buy at
The Seal Club(2020)Description / Buy at
Scottish Stories(2023)Description / Buy at

If You Like Irvine Welsh Books, You’ll Love…

Irvine Welsh Synopses: In Trainspotting, Mark Renton is the leader of a bunch of Scottish slackers and junkies who have no ambitions and nothing going for them other than their next fix. The book uses a lot of Scottish slang, but has a glossary available for those who are unfamiliar with it. Trainspotting was adapted into a film in 1996. The film version of Trainspotting starred Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle.

Porno picks up where Trainspotting left off. Sick Boy returns to Edinburgh after his pimping and hustling ventures have gone sour. His new idea to make some cash is to produce a low-rent porno. Will he be able to convince Sick Girl to take part? Characters returning to the sequel include Renton, Begbie and Spud.

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2 Responses to “Order of Irvine Welsh Books”

  1. Graeme: 12 years ago

    I have a love-hate relationship with Irvine Welsh. Filth is really amazing (I think I’ve read it about nine times by now), but its follow-up Crime was slow and disappointing. I’ve found a few of his other books weak too. Excellent author when he’s on!


    • Mark: 2 years ago

      I totally agree!! Have read some of his novels repeatedly, while others I could barely finish. But those good ones are enough for me to rate him a favourite.


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