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The Wasp Factory

by Iain M. Banks

March 19, 2009 | Trade Paperback

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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's 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 7.76 × 4.92 × 0.67 in

Published: March 19, 2009

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0349101779

ISBN - 13: 9780349101774

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The Wasp Factory

by Iain M. Banks

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 7.76 × 4.92 × 0.67 in

Published: March 19, 2009

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0349101779

ISBN - 13: 9780349101774

From the Publisher

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's 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.

About the Author

Iain Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, THE WASP FACTORY, in 1984. He has been a hugely popular writer of fiction ever since, and, as Iain M Banks, of science fiction.

From Our Editors

Welcome to the disturbed world of Frank Cauldhame, a 16-year-old psychopath living on a Scottish island. Told in the first-person, this imaginative debut novel by Iain Banks gets inside the head of the teen serial killer as he recounts in grisly detail his three murders, among them his young brother Paul and young cousin Esmerelda. Chilling and grotesque, The Wasp Factory is an extraordinary novel.
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