Iain Banks

Born in Dunfermline in Fife, Banks was educated at Gourock and Greenock High Schools, after which he went on to study English, philosophy and psychology at the University of Stirling. He started writing at an early age and after graduating from university worked in various jobs that left him free to write in the evenings.

In 1984, Banks published his successful debut novel The Wasp Factory – an astonishing, macabre gothic horror story about a child psychopath – the success of which enabled him to focus on writing full time. It was followed by Walking on Glass (1985), The Bridge (1986) and Espedair Street (1987), after which came his highly successful science fiction debut Consider Phlebas (1987) – the opening volume in his bestselling ten-volume sci-fi series Culture, published under the name of Iain M. Banks. His 1993 novel Complicity – a beguiling, daring tale of a Scottish newspaperman and a female serial killer – was adapted for the screen in 2000, starring Jonny Lee Miller, Keeley Hawes and Brian Cox. Banks’ later literary works include Stonemouth (2012) which was adapted for television and The Quarry (2013), his final novel published posthumously.

Banks died in 2013 at the age of 59.

Books by Iain Banks

The Wasp Factory
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The Crow Road
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Espedair Street
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The Bridge
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Raw Spirit
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Complicity
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The Quarry
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Whit
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Transition
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Walking On Glass
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Complicity
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Stonemouth
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Canal Dreams
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Dead Air
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The Business
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A Song Of Stone
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The Steep Approach To Garbadale
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The Crow Road
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Writing as Iain M. Banks - The Culture Novels

Consider Phlebas
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The Player Of Games
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Use Of Weapons
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The Hydrogen Sonata
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The Algebraist
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Excession
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The State Of The Art
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Surface Detail
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The Culture: The Drawings
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Matter
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Inversions
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Against A Dark Background
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Look To Windward
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Feersum Endjinn
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