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‘Utterly absorbing… addictive, funny and brilliantly observed’ Daily Mail

Stewart Gilmour is back in Stonemouth, the estuary town north of Aberdeen that on a bleak day can seem to offer little more than sea-fog, gangsters, cheap drugs and a suspension bridge irresistible to suicides. After a five-year exile, Stewart’s presence is required at the funeral of patriarch Joe Murston, even though the last time Stu saw the Murstons he was running for his life.

But Stonemouth is also home to the girl who still haunts his dreams….

Praise for Iain Banks:

‘The most imaginative novelist of his generation’ The Times

‘His verve and talent will always be recognised, and his work will always find and enthral new readers’ Ken MacLeod, Guardian

‘His work was mordant, surreal, and fiercely intelligent’ Neil Gaiman

‘An exceptional wordsmith’ Scotsman


The mythology of Stewart's past, and of Stonemouth itself, is utterly absorbing. Addictive, funny, and brilliantly observed
Daily Mail
Readable, gripping... One of his best
William Leith, Evening Standard
There is more than a shade of Pip and Estella in Stewart and Ellie, and to create an emotionally satisfying while intellectually convincing ending is a rare achievement... Beguiling
Stuart Kelly, Guardian
Banks at his waspish, intelligent, nuanced best. His fans will give thanks
Scotland on Sunday