Win £500 in book vouchers by helping us with a 7 minute reader survey click here.

eleanor oliphant twitter make the most of Lovereading
Search our site
The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn Read the opening extract of the brand new A. J. Finn book before its publication on 22/01/2018

The Steep Approach to Garbadale by Iain Banks
  

The Steep Approach to Garbadale

Literary Fiction   Books for the Boys   Books of the Month   eBook Favourites   eBook Favourites   
Download an extract Discuss on Facebook Discuss this book on our Literary Contemporary Facebook group Share this book

Lovereading view...

March 2008 Book of the Month.
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.

If you like Iain Banks you might also like to read books by Susan Hill, Douglas Coupland and D. W. Wilson.

Synopsis

The Steep Approach to Garbadale by Iain Banks

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.

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

About the Author

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

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

5th December 2013

Author

Iain Banks

More books by Iain Banks
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Author's Website

www.iainbanks.net/

Author's Facebook Latest

Loading facebook updates...

Publisher

Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Books for the Boys
Books of the Month
eBook Favourites
eBook Favourites

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780349139142

Discover new authors and enjoy old favourites; oodles of literary gems to uncover at Lovereading with candid reviews from real reviewers.

Emily Wright

I love the newsletter with reviews of all the new books coming out. Can't wait to open it when it arrives in my inbox.

Rachel Aygin

Lovereading always comes up with great suggestions and has introduced me to enjoyable books and new authors to discover.

Gaynor Passmore

I love Lovereading because I get to read great books and then get to tell everybody how good they are.

Sally Doel

My horizons have been broadened by some of the books I have been lucky to review and I expect it to be no different in the future.

Daran Bellingham

You can trust Lovereading to show unbiased reviews by actual, ordinary readers that help likeminded booklovers choose their next great read.

Linda Hill

Hooked on books? Give Lovereading a go - for the chance to discover brilliant books, and to see why our members love it so.

Claire Hill

Lovereading is pitched at just the right level for all the various types of people who enjoy reading in its many forms.

Pam Woodburn

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools