Dead Air by Iain M. BanksDead Air by Iain M. Banks

Dead Air

byIain M. Banks

Paperback | July 3, 2003

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Iain Banks' daring new novel opens in a loft apartment in the East End, in a former factory due to be knocked down in a few days. Ken Nott is a devoutly contrarian vaguely left wing radio shock-jock living in London. After a wedding breakfast people start dropping fruits from a balcony on to a deserted carpark ten storeys below, then they start dropping other things; an old TV that doesn't work, a blown loudspeaker, beanbags, other unwanted furniture...Then they get carried away and start dropping things that are still working, while wrecking the rest of the apartment. But mobile phones start ringing and they're told to turn on a TV, because a plane has just crashed into the World Trade Centre...

At ease with the volatility of modernity, Iain Banks is also our most accomplished literary writer of narrative-driven adventure stories that never ignore the injustices and moral conundrums of the real world. His new novel, displays his trademark dark wit, buoyancy and momentum.

Iain Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, THE WASP FACTORY, in 1984. He gained enormous popular and critical acclaim for both his mainstream and his science fiction novels. Iain Banks died in June 2013.
Title:Dead AirFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 7.85 × 5.05 × 1.2 inPublished:July 3, 2003Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0349116644

ISBN - 13:9780349116648

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply brilliant Through the words of a controversial DJ Ken Nott, "Dead Air" sardonically discusses important but sensitive issues in the present world. A story about truth, telling the truth and at times the inability to do so. Simply brilliant.
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Banks at His Best “Dead Air” is a little bit of all the things that make Iain Banks great. It is funny in the blackest of ways; it is political and demands that we pay attention to the serious issues it’s addressing; it is rich in characterization, making us love Ken Nott and all the strange denizens of London that he comes across; and it is, above all, entertaining. Iain Banks is the greatest living commonwealth writer to never be up for the Man Booker Prize, and he likely never will be, but he remains a writer of great talent no matter what his theme or mode or message. He is one of those rare authors who can do it all, from comedy to thriller to drama to tragedy. Do yourself and the entire literary world a favor -- read Banks’ “Dead Air.” It is a scathing ode to the post 9-11 world that should not be missed.
Date published: 2006-07-21

Editorial Reviews

Banks's subject here is nothing less than the survival of the individual in the face of a chaotic world. The destruction of personality under the lacerating values of modernity is a subject repeatedly addressed by JG Ballard (and that author's shadow is c-Barry Forshaw, AMAZON.CO.UK REVIEW