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Letting go at last - The Quarry, by Iain Banks

Three novels I recently read have a plot in common: an individual’s urge to ferret out the truth, come hell or high water. In Amnesia… 964 more words

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Scots Novelist Iain Banks on Immigrants and the Poor as Scapegoats

I found this meme over on the Slatukip – Still Laughing at UKIP – page on Facebook. Iain Banks was the great Scots novelist, who created the much loved ‘Culture’ SF novels under his alternative writing name of Iain M. 55 more words


Intimations of mortality

I’m feeling a bit sad today, because I heard yesterday that a very old friend of mine has died. We worked together for six years in the early eighties – since when we have probably met up on three occasions and spoken on the telephone three or four times, the last time being probably ten years ago. 709 more words


Ramblin’ Wednesday

Day 28. 67 pages, 31,740 words.

Well, might as well make this a week-long series at this point, right?

Getting there. Not much to report today, I overslept and don’t have much time to do anything, but hopefully I’ll pick up again after a great start to the week and a bit of a mid-week slump due to extreme shitpiles of work. 384 more words

(Audio)Book of the Week: The Wasp Factory

Following Burn’s night on the 25th January, we would like to use the coming week to celebrate another of Scotland’s greatest writers: Iain Banks.

Iain Banks was born in Fife in 1954, the only child of an Admiralty officer and his wife, a professional figure skater. 419 more words


The Quarry by Iain Banks

I nearly stopped reading The Quarry by Iain Banks after a few chapters because I couldn’t get into the story. I’m not sure why I persevered, but after only a couple more chapters my opinion had reversed, feeling grateful I hadn’t put this book aside. 464 more words

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On Reading

As soon is so often the case, fans of Berkshire will be disappointed by the contents of this post.  As a small sop to them, I can exclusively reveal that I bought my first ever pair of jeans in Reading!   967 more words