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I rather read a story about the ones that didn’t make it big.

Normally where it asks students to list their interests people would put things like ‘hillwalking’ and ‘reading’, but not Iain. However, his editor asked if he would mind dropping the ‘M’ as it appeared “too fussy”. Interesting Fictional stdeet of the main writer performer of a rock band.

And what hell that is: Can a house heal heartache? The rest of strdet year was spent hanging out with friends, messing with his music-making software, doing the odd publicity book-signing spin, and helping his elderly parents to move into an old farmhouse on the opposite side of the courtyard where he lives in North Queensferry, just over the Forth bridge from Edinburgh.

This year it is to be held in the gardens beneath the city’s medieval wall. We will not remove any content for bad language alone, or being critical of a particular book.

Told partly in flashbacks of his days with FG and partly in his present guise as Jimmy Hay, caretaker of St.

But behind it there are other equally potent personalities. Discover new books on Goodreads. I didn’t love this as much as The Wasp Factory because the story wasn’t as insane, but Banks is someone I really want to read more of. In fact, the first half of the book feels like a fictional version of a rock stars memoir Would we have had Irvine Welsh without Iain Banks? The only other Iain Banks book I’d read was ‘A Song of Stone’ hardback many years ago, too many years ago, meaning too few years of me, to really understand the nuances.


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Espedair Street

There’s no point in anguishing. This book explains how a once-successful — but not at all down-on-his-luck — rock star decided to commit suicide in the sea on the west side of Iona I know that beach!

The central character in The Business is a wealthy young woman esoedair for an ancient company which is planning, very discreetly, to buy a country. I hate these novels that just stop. Constable The Test Nathan Leamon. After learning about the untimely passing of Iain Banks a few years ago, I made it a task that I would finish reading his quite substantial body of work, both his contemporary novels of which I had read several over the years, starting with the infamous Wasp Factory back in the very early ‘s and his Science Fiction based ones, written under Iain M.

Brad Simkulet’s review of Espedair Street

His friends all seem to be dead, fed up with him or just disgusted – and who can blame them? In fact, the first half of the book feels like a streef version of a rock stars memoirs. In person, Banks shows no trace of this other self. And now Daniel Weir is all alone.

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streey Well, I don’t think it’s good enough. This kind of thing seems to happen more frequently to rock stars than it does to me. As the consequences of an impossible choice threaten to devastate them both, nothing will ever be the same again. Lists with This Book. But recently Banks has been helping Roger Gray, a friend he made at the bar of an SF convention, in the scripting of Espedair Street, his novel about a rock superstar.


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I’m so glad that when I asked for recommendations on a good “first” Iain Banks novel to read, I had forgotten that I had read and didn’t espeadir Wasp Factory. If there is, he doesn’t recognise it. Then the low point This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

The Dry by Jane Harper.

The golden triptych of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll are all here in the form of early love, whipped cream canister gas and learning to play bass instead of guitar because your fingers are too big.

No, sorry, I just didn’t buy it.

Want to Read saving…. So, what was that about a future? It’s good – it’s good fiction with his usual very high quality dialogue, excellent immersion into Scottish culture – but it also has a certain melodrama that slips off elsewhere in his better books. His parents wished to name him Iain Menzies Banks but his father made a mistake when registering the birth and he was officially registered as Iain Banks. And no one in this close-knit community is free of suspicion. I really liked how it switched to during his rockstar years to after his rockstar years.

The truth is, genre distinctions blur all across Banks’ work, which has been compared to Robert Louis Stevenson’s, and eapedair who ducks the sci-fi is missing large tranches of his esedair stuff Excession, the last full-blown Culture novel, is one of the funniest and cleverest SF books ever. Skye was somewhere out espedzir, more felt than seen.