Stonemouth (Paperback)
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Stonemouth (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 03/01/2013
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Stewart Gilmour is back in Stonemouth. After five years in exile his presence is required at the funeral of patriarch Joe Murston, and even though the last time Stu saw the Murstons he was running for his life, staying away might be even more dangerous than turning up. An estuary town north of Aberdeen, Stonemouth, with it's five mile beach, can be beautiful on a sunny day. On a bleak one it can seem to offer little more than seafog, gangsters, cheap drugs and a suspension bridge irresistible to suicides. And although there's supposed to be a temporary truce between Stewart and the town's biggest crime family, it's soon clear that only Stewart is taking this promise of peace seriously. Before long Stu steps back into the minefield of his past to confront his guilt and all that it has lost him, uncovering ever darker stories. Soon his homecoming takes a more lethal turn than even he had anticipated. Tough, funny, fast-paced and touching, Stonemouth cracks open adolescence, love, brotherhood and vengeance in a rite of passage novel like no other.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349000206

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“Dark, harrowing, romantic and innately humorous”

Stonemouth is a thriller, a coming-of-age novel, a romance and a great literary read. Banks manages to blend poetic skills within the entirely believable first-person narrative of a ‘twenty-something’ Scottish lad;... More

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4th March 2013
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With Stonemouth, Iain Banks goes back to Scotland and a non sci-fi storyline. He get the mind-set of a successful man going back to his home town exactly right but the main character Stewart Gilmour never felt like a... More

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9th February 2013
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“An intriguing story”

A great story, gradually revealing more of the history of the characters, and drawing you in to a world of small town gangsters, teenage friends growing older and eventually growing up, all written with Iain Banks... More

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