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A tour of Scottish distilleries explores the history, personality and mystery of the water of life.
As a native of Scotland, bestselling author Ian Banks has decided to undertake a tour of the distilleries of his homeland in a bid to uncover the unique spirit of the single malt.
Visiting world-famous distilleries and also the small and obscure ones, Iain Banks embarks on a journey of discovery which educates him about the places, people and products surrounding the centuries-old tradition of whisky production.
Using various modes of transport - island ferries, cars across the highlands and even bicycles - Banks' tour of Scotland combines history, literature and landscape in an entertaining and informative account of an exploration in which the arrival is by no means the most important part of the journey.
From the Hardcover edition.
"...In the final judgement, it does what every good book should manage to do ... and what a hundred other books on whisky (and a thousand other books on Scotland) have signally failed to do: makes you want to go for a drink with the author" * Observer * "Studded with bracing shots of pure insight and eloquence. And he's sound on the scotch as well" * The Independent * "It's a very readable and hugely informative book, and Bank's gentle humour permeates the pages" * Time Out * "It's an engaging piece of work, part love letter, part memoir" * Esquire * "A beautifully realised fusion of travelogue, social commentary and drinking guide. Scotland's most famous export is decanted into full-bodied, humorous prose." * Independent on Sunday *
ISBN: 9780099460275 ISBN-10: 0099460270 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 384 Published: 5th August 2004 Publisher: Cornerstone Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 20.6 x 13.5
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1
About the Author
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".