The Wasp Factory

by Iain M. Banks
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Frank, 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.

Iain Banks' celebrated first novel is a work of extraordinary originality, imagination and horrifying compulsion: horrifying, because it enters a mind whose realities are not our own, whose values of life and death are alien to our society; and compulsive, because the humour and compassion of that mind reach out to us all.

'A Gothic horror story of quite exceptional quality … macabre, bizarre and … quite impossible to put down' (Financial Times)

'A mighty imagination has arrived on the scene' (Mail on Sunday)

'There is no denying the bizarre fertility of the author's imagination: his brilliant dialogue, his cruel humour...' (Irish Times)

'Read it if you dare. Weirdly talented.' (Daily Express)

'A brillaint book, barmy und barnacled with the grotesque.' (New Statesman)

'The Wasp Factory is a first novel not only of tremendous promise, but also of achievement, a minor masterpiece perhaps.' (Punch)

Category: Horror Mainstream

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Release date 1984
Details updated August 23, 2022
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