This tale is one of horrifying compulsion, which takes the reader into a mind with alien values of life and death - a mind unlike those of the normal human. Despite this possibly terrifying scenario, that mind also contains humour and compassion, making this a novel of extraordinary originality, imagination and comic ferocity.
Iain Banks (1954-2013) was a Scottish author. He wrote mainstream fiction under the name Iain Banks and science fiction as Iain M. Banks. His books have been adapted for theatre, radio and television. In 2008, The Times named Banks in their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". In April 2013, Banks announced that he had inoperable cancer and was unlikely to live beyond a year. He died on 9 June 2013.
Our book is in excellent condition, bound in brown cloth with gilt title etc on the spine; only minimal signs of wear to the (unclipped) dust jacket, and some very light tanning throughout. The D/J/ spine is slightly faded. There are some small, unidentifiable brown spots on the long page edges, and there is a slight warp to the book, but generally this is a very good, first edition, copy of a modern classic.