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The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks

The Wasp Factory

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Published: 1st May 2003
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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.' The Financial Times

* 'A mighty imagination has arrived on the scene.' Mail on Sunday

The world according to Banks is inexhaustibly cruel and routinely malevolent. This outlook is perfectly encapsulated in his debut novel, first published in 1984, a twisted tale of sibling rivalry that takes in mutilation, exploding sheep and the eponymous apiary-cum-torture chamber. (Kirkus UK)

Iain Banks

Iain [Menzies] Banks was born in Fife in 1954, and was educated at Stirling University, where he studied English Literature, Philosophy and Psychology.

Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, The Wasp Factory, in 1984.

His first science fiction novel, Consider Phlebas, was published in 1987. He has continued to write both mainstream fiction (as Iain Banks) and science fiction (as Iain M. Banks).

He is now acclaimed as one of the most powerful, innovative and exciting writers of his generation: The Guardian has called him "the standard by which the rest of SF is judged". William Gibson, the New York Times-bestselling author of Spook Country describes Banks as a "phenomenon".

Iain M. Banks lives in Fife, Scotland.

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ISBN: 9780349101774
ISBN-10: 0349101779
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st May 2003
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.5  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1