Stonemouth: A Novel

Paperback | November 12, 2013

byIain Banks

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Stewart Gilmour is back in Stonemouth, Scotland.

After five years in exile, his presence is required at the funeral of local patriarch Joe Murston, even though the last time Stewart saw the Murstons he was running for his life. An estuary town north of Aberdeen, Stonemouth, with its five-mile beach, can be beautiful on a sunny day. On a bleak one it can seem to offer little more than sea fog, gangsters, cheap drugs, and a suspension bridge irresistible to suicides.

As he steps back into the minefield of his past to confront his guilt and all that it has lost him, Stewart uncovers ever darker stories, and his homecoming takes a more lethal turn than even he had anticipated. Tough, funny, fast-paced, and touching, renowned storyteller Iain Banks poignantly evokes adolescence, love, brotherhood, and vengeance in a rite-of-passage novel unlike any other.

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Stewart Gilmour is back in Stonemouth, Scotland. After five years in exile, his presence is required at the funeral of local patriarch Joe Murston, even though the last time Stewart saw the Murstons he was running for his life. An estuary town north of Aberdeen, Stonemouth, with its five-mile beach, can be beautiful on a sunny day. On ...

Iain Banks, whose novels have been published in over thirty languages, is a Scottish writer who writes both mainstream fiction and science fiction. In 2008, the London Times named Banks as one of the “The Fifty Greatest Writers since 1945.”

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8.2 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:November 12, 2013Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1605985228

ISBN - 13:9781605985220

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from He's done it again A group of dysfunctional Scots, a mistake, secrets... Another Banks tale- even though written as if from the same template as several other Banks' novels, it isn't flat or predictable in the least. I read it in 1 go! Mr. Banks has the gift of words and I for one hope he keeps on giving for a long, long while.
Date published: 2013-11-18

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Brilliant, irresistible, compelling. — The New York Times

Macabre and quite impossible to put down. — The Financial Times

Establishes beyond doubt that Banks is a novelist of remarkable talents. — The Daily Telegraph