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The Quarry (Paperback)
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The Quarry (Paperback)

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Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 27/03/2014
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Kit doesn't know who his mother is. What he does know, however, is that his father, Guy, is dying of cancer. Feeling his death is imminent, Guy gathers around him his oldest friends - or at least the friends with the most to lose by his death. Paul - the rising star in the Labour party who dreads the day a tape they all made at university might come to light; Alison and Robbie, corporate bunnies whose relationship is daily more fractious; Pris and Haze, once an item, now estranged, and finally Hol - friend, mentor, former lover and the only one who seemed to care.

But what will happen to Kit when Guy is gone? And why isn't Kit's mother in the picture? As the friends reunite for Guy's last days, old jealousies, affairs and lies come to light as Kit watches on.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349138596
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 268 g
Dimensions: 196 x 129 x 24 mm
Edition: Digital original


MEDIA REVIEWS
Eerily compelling -- William Leith * Evening Standard *
A quietly incendiary piece of writing, at times heartbreaking, at other times really wonderfully funny ... a profoundly humane, funny and smart novel. * Independent *
A novel shot through with Banks's trademark humour, political engagement and hope. -- Louise Welsh * The Times *
Wonderfully exuberant ... written with the life-enhancing verve characteristic of Banks's best work. * Scotsman *
Vintage Banks, full of heart, black comedy and vitriol. * Mirror *
A compelling, raw book -- William Leith * Evening Standard *
Banks' handling of big, complex themes is skilful and satisfying, and he concludes on a quietly moving note of compassion. * The List *
Infallibly entertaining * Telegraph *
Banks's relaxed fluency - the direct, funny, unpretentious intelligence of his writing, which, along with his teeming imagination, made him perhaps Britain's best-loved major contemporary novelist. * Guardian *

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“Great enjoyment, tinged with sadness”

I've been a fan of Iain (M) Banks for many years, having been introduced to his science fiction output by a close friend. Since then I've read most of his science and general fiction and got the opportunity... More

Hardback edition
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“Glorious!”

This is an outstanding finale to Iain's writing - it's a real high.

There are obvious echoes from books past - the most obvious being The Wasp Factory where you have a child growing up with her father and a... More

Hardback edition
Helpful? Upvote 25

“First and Last Banks - sadly”

This was not a cohesive plot. The swearing was well beyond what was necessary. In fact, I ordered this book i error - I thought it was by Ian Rankin !

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