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Dead Men's Trousers

(Mark Renton #5)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,344 ratings  ·  111 reviews
A spectacular return of the wild, dissolute gang from Trainspotting, from the author the New York Times called “Blisteringly funny…. ”

The gang from Trainspotting have mostly cleaned up their act…until they are drawn back together to Scotland for one last scheme—a scheme one of them won’t survive. It’s an action-packed, hilarious and rollicking trip, as well as a moving ele
Paperback, 432 pages
Published February 26th 2019 by Melville House Publishing (first published March 29th 2018)
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Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inventive, outrageous, funny, and life reaffirming

Since reading 'Trainspotting’, when it came out in 1993, I have read all of Irvine Welsh's books and, to one degree or another, enjoyed them all, so - full disclosure - I came to 'Dead Men's Trousers' as a massive and long time fan of Irvine Welsh's work.

A new book by Irvine Welsh is always cause for celebration. When it's the next instalment of the Trainspotting saga even more so. This is the fifth instalment and fellow long time readers will
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, uk, scotland
LOVED this book!

Great to be reunited with my favourite boys again.

Did not disappoint.
Good laughs and feels!!!
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At the end of The Blade Artist, I was crapping it to find out what was happening next. After ending on a totally holy shit moment, Welsh picks up Dead Men’s Trousers from that precise point - thank fuck.

I love these boys, and reading this book was murder. Desperate to just zoom through, to inhale the violence, the shagging, the plots, the revenge, I forced myself to go as slowly as possible and savour every moment. It was torture.

Where The Blade Artist focuses on Begbie, showing us how he belie
Luca Masera
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sono sempre loro: Renton, Sick Boy, Spud e Begbie.
Che, in un modo o nell'altro, hanno scelto la vita.
E poi ci sono le droghe, sempre loro, tranne l'eroina che troppo li ha fottuti.
Ma tanto è la vita, prima o poi, a fotterti.
Che tu sia nella fredda Edimburgo o nell'assolata Los Angeles, verrai fottuto.
Perché in fondo, come insegna Sick Boy, nella vita puoi essere stronzo o gonzo. E gonzo non lo puoi essere.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
You're nothing but a work-in-progress until that day you fall out of this world into the land ay dead men's trousers.

Because I read most of the books in this series before I joined Goodreads, I want to start with: I thought that Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting was an absolutely brilliant book – full of heart and laughs and subversive social commentary, amped up with a transgressive frisson and artfully dense dialect – and that Skagboys was a powerfully heartbreaking prequel. On the other hand, I
Isaac L
May 03, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Adam  McPhee
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scotland
Ah fuckin hate the way some American cunts call lassies cunts. Fuckin offensive, that shite.

Better than Filth and Porno, just behind Glue and Skagboys.

I loved it. Though I can see why the critics don't, especially if they're expecting Trainspotting 3. It's Welsh's turn to the cartoonish that makes his books so great, that and the essayistic digressions disguised as stream-of-consciousness ramblings. Anyone expecting harrowing junkie trauma probably shouldn't have read Trainspotting in the first
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, Irvine Welsh's still got it!

I'm in the greatest position to say that this book is worthy of its predecessors and, what's more, it's exhilarating, action-packed and, all in all, an ultimate joy. I enjoyed most parts of it. It's almost like Welsh created these characters so solidly that he's lived with them ever since. As a result, when the time comes to write down their thoughts and situations, they say no word less or more or any different than you would expect them to. I was very emotiona
Ian Mapp
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, lit-fict, lad-lit
Picking up from the exact spot at the end of The Blade Artist. Renton meets Begbie.

Its not long before the whole trainspotting gang are back - Sick Boy, Spud Murphy and Juice Terry dominating the early part of the books.

The sleeve overview of the book sets the scene and reveals that not all of them are going to make it to the end of the book - so this is not a spoiler. It's fun to work through the well constructed, often hilarious set pieces trying to determine who it is that will be lost. I won
Angus McKeogh
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great stuff! I love Welsh. It was love at first read when I went through Trainspotting in the 90s. It was so out there at first in how it was written but then the voice just locks into your heid...uh...I mean head and thereafter it’s smooth sailing and brilliant. After Trainspotting I’ve gone on to read pretty much everything Welsh has written. This series that keeps popping up is classic. Skagboys unfortunately seemed forced and contrived and ended up boring me to death. But this one is a bit o ...more
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sono riuscita a macinare il libro in una giornata, complice la maledetta influenza. Ho ben fresca la sensazione di soddisfazione di aver letto un epilogo perfetto per i miei quattro ragazzi di Leith.
La narrazione parte lenta per metterci in pari con gli anni. Veniamo a scoprire che Mark ha una attività manageriale abbastanza fruttusa, i soldi non mancano al contrario della soddisfazione personale. Spud non se la passa troppo bene, come sempre aggiungerei... ma è lo stesso positivo verso la vita.
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"No friends in this game" :(
Sam Berry
Well, it was a fun read for sure, and for the most part it’s lovely and nostalgic being back in the heads of Renton, Sick Boy, Begbie, and Spud. But it’s also far removed from the books that made you care about this world and these characters. It’s better than the Blade Artist, but is similarly cartoonish, over the top, and removed from reality. I can feel Irvine Welsh has a great time writing it, so fair play to him. I suppose it’s a pretty great “holiday book”.
Rachel Halls
I was 15 when I first read Trainspotting back in the 90s and it led to an Irvine Welsh obsession, with me reading every single book he's written without fail. Even once I started hating them. Like many, I am compelled to find out what happens to Renton, SickBoy, Spud and Begbie- but I'm just disappointed every time. I just don't believe any of it... Trsinspotting and Scagboys - yes. But The Blade Artist and now Dead Mens Trousers just don't ring true. I struggle to believe this group of ex skag ...more
Reading Badger
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is no surprise to you that I am a devoted Irvine Welsh fan. For me, every book he releases is like a new series from my favourite show. The first book I read was Trainspotting, and I fell in love with the characters, the atmosphere, everything. So when I heard that a new book with Renton, Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie was up for grabs, it was on my pre-order list right away.

The story left off at the end of Porno, whith Begbie trying to kill Renton, and Renton scamming Sick Boy out of a lot of mon
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 21st-century
Completely implausible, but undeniably entertaining.
Ross Cumming
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ever since reading Trainspotting, all those years ago, I’ve been a huge fan of Irvine Welsh and especially of his novels involving the main protagonists from that first novel.
In this the latest and apparently last novel in the series, the gang, now all in middle age are thrown together for one last enterprise.
Mark Renton (Rents/Rent Boy) is now manager to a small stable of club DJ’s and spends his life on planes and in hotels, seeing to their every need.
Simon Williamson ( Sick Boy) is based in
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Trainspotting guys are back and they're now middle-aged. The adage goes, "With age comes wisdom," but alas, this isn't the case with Renton, Sick Boy, Spud, and Begbie. They're still getting themselves into absurd situations and haven't yet learned from their mistakes, but perhaps this is why we love them so much. As much as they had grown apart in the last novels, they're thrown back together here that makes for an incredibly entertaining read.

After The Blade Artist, readers were left hangi
Stuart Beaney
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars simply for enjoyment. This novel is written with unashamed gusto and it is clear Welsh loves writing about these characters. He has become somewhat pulpy in his style of late, and his books have taken on an almost cartoon ambience. However, whilst some of his recent work has been mildly disappointing, I’m hugely relieved to say this does not disappoint in the slightest. Sure. The prose is patchy. Yes. You have to suspend belief a few times and Welsh demands plenty of artistic licence, bu ...more
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Following virtually straight on from The Blade Artist's conclusion, once again the experienced Welsh reader finds him or herself back in the company of Renton, Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie, the latter now successful artist, Jim Francis. Over the course of events friendships are re made and broken again and plot shards from several previous novels are brought together and resolved. Oh and Hibs win the Scottish Cup beating Rangers in the final. There are several unlikely events - would Sick Boy ever ...more
Aaron Nash
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a superb, delightful treat this was. I look forward to Welshs new books and he is one of maybe three authors who I buy on release. There is no one quite like him out there. This one being about his most famous Trainspotting characters made it even more anticipated, and it didn't disappoint.

Disgusting, hilarious and at times genuinely moving, this is one of his best. In the past sick boy has always been my least favourite out of the 4, but that all changed in this one. His chapters were argu
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I needed something a bit more entertaining and not so heady. This fit the bill almost perfectly. Irvine Welsh is always a blast to read and this, another book with the Trainspotting gang didn't disappoint. I would probably rank it third in the series with Trainspotting first and Skagboys second.
The gang are starting to grow older but are still up to their same old shenanigans. I loved the moments when they reconnected especially the Hibs cup match. I would definitely recommend this to anyone wh
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The boys are back in the toon and they embark on likely capers with a dark undertow. It's like catching up with old pals that you are happy to hear about, their exploits still raise a smile, but that you are very glad not to see anymore. It's a very entertaining read especially Sick Boy's antics - a pint with him might be the best fun but as a female of the species and to quote the man himself, I wouldn't go near him with yours!!
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
As a novelty for me, I tried this book as someone who did not read Trainspotting nor did I see the movie. I think a taste of it up to 42% completion will do for me. Interesting, yes.
Ben Delaney
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant read. Great intermingled story lines, incredibly funny at points and a reliving of the greatest day for all hibs fans. GGTTH YLT.
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am biased - I cannot not be.

Still one of my favourite ever writers, Welsh finds a befitting end to the Trainspotting saga. And, I guess the overarching plot (and especially Begbie's character arc) supports the fact that people change. Towns, situations and times also change. I think it would have been utterly unrealistic to expect another Trainspotting - even though the 4 guys stay true to who they are as people, it would have been weird to find them in the same situations 20 years down the li
Mark Atkinson
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Let’s face it I love everything from the Welsh cannon. Irving Welsh has an uncanny knack of understanding human nature at its most basest level. Let’s be honest here, we all have a bit of - Begbie, Renton, Sick boy and Spud buried deep inside us.
Most guys would love the powers Sick boy and Juice Terry have over the opposite sex at the same time as been appalled at the treatment these women get at the hands of these philanderers.
We would like some of the ass kicking hardness of
Michael Legge
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely. Fucking. Brilliant.
Adrian Deans
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I’ve said before, I’m a massive Irvine Welsh fan and in my eyes he can do no wrong – no matter what dross he produces these days. I’ve been fairly scathing about some of his latter work but he will always be my hero due to his gobsmackingly brilliant early work.

So how do I feel about Dead Men’s Trousers?

It certainly suffered from some of the same faults I’ve whinged about in the more recent work – not least the fact that it was (for me) very predictable and (occasionally) outrageously reliant
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Appena chiuso e già sento la mancanza di tutti i vari personaggi.
Una storia folle, incredibile e sconvolgente...come tutti i precedenti volumi della serie, d'altro canto.
Welsh riesce ancora una volta lasciare senza parole lettore portandolo in una strada lunga, una storia di cui si pensa di indovinare il finale ma che ti coglie alla sorpresa, sempre, a continue riprese.
Si parte dallo stesso punto in cui finisce L'Artista Dell Coltello e si continua facendo una panoramica piuttosto veloce sulle
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Probably most famous for his gritty depiction of a gang of Scottish Heroin addicts, Trainspotting (1993), Welsh focuses on the darker side of human nature and drug use. All of his novels are set in his native Scotland and filled with anti-heroes, small time crooks and hooligans. Welsh manages, however to imbue these characters with a sad humanity that makes them likable despite their obvious scumb ...more

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