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Iain Banks’ first novel and the one that put him among some the best cult novelists. It is compelling stuff, with some gruesome and grisly deeds and wonderfully dark humour and one of the best endings of any novel to date. A must read.
Frank, no ordinary sixteen-year-old, lives with his father outsIde a remote Scottish village. Their life is, to say the least, unconventional. Frank's mother abandoned them years ago: his elder brother Eric is confined to a psychiatric hospital; and his father measures out his eccentricities on an imperial scale. Frank has turned to strange acts of violence to vent his frustrations. In the bizarre daily rituals there is some solace. But when news comes of Eric's escape from the hospital Frank has to prepare the ground for his brother's inevitable return - an event that explodes the mysteries of the past and changes Frank utterly.
Iain Banks' celebrated first novel is a work of extraordinary originality, imagination and horrifying compulsion: horrifying, because it enters a mind whose realities are not our own, whose values of life and death are alien to our society; and compulsive, because the humour and compassion of that mind reach out to us all.
'A Gothic horror story of quite exceptional quality…macabre, bizarre and…quite impossible to put down' FINANCIAL TIMES
'A mighty imagination has arrived on the scene' MAIL ON SUNDAY
Publication date: 27/06/2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
|Publication date:||27th June 2013|
|Publisher:||Little, Brown Book Group|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Iain Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, THE WASP FACTORY, in 1984. He has since gained enormous popular and critical acclaim for both his mainstream and his science fiction novels (which are published under the name Iain M Banks). Iain Banks died in June 2013. Photograph © John FoleyMore About Iain Banks