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The Wasp Factory

By Iain Banks

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Iain Banks' debut novel, The Wasp Factory, caused a storm of controversy when it was first published in 1984 and became an immediate classic.

'One of the most brilliant first novels I have come across' Telegraph

'One of the top 100 novels of the century' Independent

'Brilliant...irresistible...compelling' New York Times

'Macabre, bizarre, and impossible to put down' Financial Times

'Read it if you dare' Daily Express

The Wasp Factory is a bizarre, imaginative, disturbing, and darkly comic look into the mind of a child psychopath - one of the most infamous of contemporary Scottish novels.

'Two years after I killed Blyth I murdered my young brother Paul, for quite different reasons than I'd disposed of Blyth, and then a year after that I did for my young cousin Esmerelda, more or less on a whim. That's my score to date. Three. I haven't killed anybody for years, and don't intend to ever again. It was just a stage I was going through.'

Enter - if you can bear it - the extraordinary private world of Frank, just sixteen, and unconventional, to say the least.

Biographical Notes

Iain Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, THE WASP FACTORY, in 1984. He gained enormous popular and critical acclaim for both his mainstream and his science fiction novels. Iain Banks died in June 2013.

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  • ISBN: 9780349139180
  • Publication date: 27 Jun 2013
  • Page count: 256
  • Imprint: Abacus
One of the most brilliant first novels I have come across — Telegraph
One of the top 100 novels of the century — Independent
Read it if you dare — Express
A brilliant book, barmy and barnacled with the grotesque — New Statesman
Macabre, bizarre and impossible to put down — Financial Times
Brilliant . . . irresistible . . . compelling — New York Times
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