Mark Renton

6 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 397 ratings

Skagboys Publisher's Summary

Prequel to the best-selling phenomenon Trainspotting, this exhilarating and moving novel shows how Welsh’s colorful miscreants first went wrong.

Marked by Irvine Welsh’s scabrous humor and raw Scottish vernacular, Skagboys transports us to 1980s Edinburgh, where the Trainspotting crew is just getting started. Mark Renton has it all: the first in his family to attend university, he has a pretty girlfriend and a great social life. But when economic uncertainties and family problems intervene, Rent succumbs to the defeatism - not to mention the drug use - that has taken hold in Edinburgh’s tougher quarters. His friends are responding according to personality. Laid off, Spud Murphy is paralyzed in the face of long-term unemployment. Sick Boy, supreme manipulator of the opposite sex, is scamming and hustling for money and drugs. And meanwhile, psycho Franco Begbie is scaring the hell out of everyone. Darkly humorous, Skagboys gives a gritty and gripping portrait of a time, not unlike ours, when money was scarce, unemployment was high, and drugs seemed the answer.

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  • Book 1

    • Skagboys

    • By: Irvine Welsh
    • Narrated by: Tam Dean Burn
    • Length: 24 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
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    Marked by Irvine Welsh’s scabrous humor and raw Scottish vernacular, Skagboys transports us to 1980s Edinburgh, where the Trainspotting crew is just getting started. Mark Renton has it all: the first in his family to attend university, he has a pretty girlfriend and a great social life. But when economic uncertainties and family problems intervene, Rent succumbs to the defeatism - not to mention the drug use - that has taken hold in Edinburgh’s tougher quarters. His friends are responding according to personality....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Something to know first for the audible crowd

    • By B on 06-18-14

    Regular price: $34.94

    • Skagboys

    • By: Irvine Welsh
    • Narrated by: Tam Dean Burn
    • Length: 24 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    Mark Renton has it all: He's good-looking, young, with a pretty girlfriend and a place at university. But there's no room for him in the 1980s.Thatcher's government is destroying working-class communities across Britain, and the post-war certainties of full employment, educational opportunity and a welfare state are gone. When his family starts to fracture, Mark's life swings out of control and he succumbs to the defeatism which has taken hold in Edinburgh's grimmer areas.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent but not for the faint hearted

    • By Sean on 06-02-12

    Regular price: $27.72

  • Book 2

    • Trainspotting

    • By: Irvine Welsh
    • Narrated by: Tam Dean Burn
    • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 260
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 238
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 233

    Choose us. Choose life. Choose mortgage payments; choose washing machines; choose cars; choose sitting oan a couch watching mind-numbing and spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing f****n junk food intae yir mooth. Choose rotting away, pishing and shiteing yersel in a home, a total f***n embarrassment tae the selfish, f****d-up brats ye've produced. Choose life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Trainspotting

    • By A. Katz on 01-03-17

    Regular price: $25.58

  • Book 3

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  • Book 4

    • The Blade Artist

    • By: Irvine Welsh
    • Narrated by: Tam Dean Burn
    • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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      5 out of 5 stars 16
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    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Welsh's best work since "Crime"

    • By Evan on 04-20-16

    Regular price: $21.31

  • Book 5

    • Dead Men's Trousers

    • By: Irvine Welsh
    • Narrated by: Tam Dean Burn
    • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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.

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