Iain M Banks


The Wasp Factory

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The Wasp Factory book coverFrank - no ordinary sixteen-year-old - lives with his father outside a remote Scottish village. Their life is, to say the least, unconventional. Frank's mother abandoned them years ago: his elder brother Eric is confined to a psychiatric hospital; and his father measures out his eccentricities on an imperial scale. Frank has turned to strange acts of violence to vent his frustrations. In the bizarre daily rituals there is some solace. But when news comes of Eric's escape from the hospital Frank has to prepare the ground for his brother's inevitable return - an event that explodes the mysteries of the past and changes Frank utterly.


  • 'A Gothic horror story of quite exceptional quality ... macabre, bizarre and quite impossible to put down.' The Financial Times
  • 'A mighty imagination has arrived on the scene.' Mail on Sunday

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