The Steep Approach to Garbadale

by Iain Banks

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Hailed as Banks' best novel since The Crow Road, The Steep Approach to Garbadale  is his first new novel in five years. Centred on the Wopuld family and their many skeletons in the closet, this is a tale of love, deceit and dark desires. There are some very interesting twists and despite the description about the family gaming business, the emphasis is firmly on the love story between Alban and his cousin Sophie.  Well worth curling up with on a rainy day(or any other day for that matter).  This title is also available as an Audiobook on CD. Click here to find out more.

The Steep Approach to Garbadale Synopsis

Dark family secrets, a long-lost love affair and a multi-million pound gaming business lie at the heart of Iain Banks's fabulous new novel.


The Wopuld family built its fortune on a board game called Empire! - now a hugely successful computer game. So successful, the American Spraint Corp wants to buy the firm out. Young renegade Alban, who has been evading the family clutches for years, is run to ground and persuded to attend the forthcoming family gathering - part birthday party, part Extraordinary General Meeting - convened by Win, Wopuld matriarch and most powerful member of the board, at Garbadale, the family's highland castle.


Being drawn back into the bosom of the clan brings an inevitable and disconcerting confrontation with Alban's past. What drove his mother to take her own life? And is he yet ready to see Sophie, his beautiful, enchanting cousin and teenage love, at the EGM? Grandmother Win's revelations wll radically alter Alban's perspective for ever.

The Steep Approach to Garbadale Press Reviews

'Banks still has the ability to make the reader smile with pleasure' SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY

'Banks is at his best in moments of high drama with extremes of human emotions' OBSERVER

'A book of intrigue and humanity. A real page-turner you can't put down, from one of the masters' LOOK

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ISBN: 9780349139142
Publication date: 05/12/2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780349139142
Publication date: 05/12/2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781405501255
Publication date: 01/03/2007
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Audiobook On Cd

Book Information

ISBN: 9780349139142
Publication date: 5th December 2013
Author: Iain Banks
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Iain Banks

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 Foley

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