From its bravura opening onwards, THE CROW ROAD is justly regarded as an outstanding contemporary novel. 'It was the day my grandmother exploded. I sat in the crematorium, listening to my Uncle Hamish quietly snoring in harmony to Bach's Mass in B Minor, and I reflected that it always seemed to be death that drew me back to Gallanach.' Prentice McHoan has returned to the bosom of his complex but enduring Scottish family. Full of questions about the McHoan past, present and future, he is also deeply preoccupied: mainly with death, sex, drink, God and illegal substances...
Publisher and industry reviews
'Riveting.exhilarating.its pace, development, intensity and, above all, its hip and sexy humour never allow it to flag. With The Crow Road, Banks reinforces his credentials as one of the most able, energetic and stimulating writers we have in the UK' - Time Out 'Beginning with a bang and ending with an exclamation mark... the enfant explosif of the Brit pack' - Scotland on Sunday
UK Kirkus review
The opening line - 'It was the day my grandmother exploded' - turns out to be true. Although it has a detective plot, and the tone has the flippancy of its brattish protagonist, this book is a serious meditation on Scottishness, mortality and the importance of atheism. It is a book about immaturity - but it is mature itself. (Kirkus UK)
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 since gained enormous popular and critical acclaim for both his mainstream and his science fiction novels.
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