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The Wasp Factory

BOOK (1984)

The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks (Macmillan)

It's easy to pinpoint the sentence in Iain Banks' Gothic shocker that made me want to put the book down: 'I slit the buck in the anus.' It comes around page 35.

Sunday, 4 July, 2010, 12:00am

BOOK (1984)

The Wasp Factory

Iain Banks

(Little Brown)

12 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

As easy as ABC for Banks

Do not whinge to Iain Banks about the tough, tortured life of a writer toiling away in a lonely garret. The top-selling Scottish novelist, aka Iain M Banks, creator of the futuristic utopia the Culture and other science fiction scenarios, has little sympathy. 'I'm fed up with writers who make it sound hard.

31 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Crafted tale of weakness and injustice

A Song of Stone by Iain Banks, Abacus, $170 It could be Bosnia, or any other European country, which might still boast castles and windmills in the latter half of the 20th century.

17 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Scottish character building

THE CROW ROAD By Iain Banks (Abacus, $119) IAIN Banks' first novel The Wasp Factory was widely-acclaimed by critics as a stunning debut. Since then each new novel has been greeted with acclaim and he is now regarded as being at the forefront of Scottish literature.

24 Jul 1993 - 12:00am