The Quarry

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Eighteen-year-old Kit is weird: big, strange, odd, socially disabled, on a spectrum that stretches from "highly gifted" at one end, to "nutter" at the other. At least Kit knows who his father is; he and Guy live together in a decaying country house on the unstable brink of a vast quarry. His mother's identity is another matter. Now, though, his father's dying, and old friends are gathering for one last time.

"Uncle" Paul's a media lawyer now; Rob and Ali are upwardly mobile corporate bunnies; pretty, hopeful Pris...

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Overview

Eighteen-year-old Kit is weird: big, strange, odd, socially disabled, on a spectrum that stretches from "highly gifted" at one end, to "nutter" at the other. At least Kit knows who his father is; he and Guy live together in a decaying country house on the unstable brink of a vast quarry. His mother's identity is another matter. Now, though, his father's dying, and old friends are gathering for one last time.

"Uncle" Paul's a media lawyer now; Rob and Ali are upwardly mobile corporate bunnies; pretty, hopeful Pris is a single mother; Haze is still living up to his drug-inspired name twenty years on; and fierce, protective Hol is a gifted if acerbic critic. As young film students they lived at Willoughtree House with Guy, and they've all come back because they want something. Kit, too, has his own ulterior motives. Before his father dies he wants to know who his mother is, and what's on the mysterious tape they're all looking for. But most of all he wants to stop time and keep his father alive.

Fast-paced, gripping and savagely funny, The Quarry is a virtuoso performance whose soaring riffs on the inexhaustible marvel of human perception and rage against the dying of the light will stand among Iain Banks' greatest work.

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Editorial Reviews

John O'Connell
"Tender, funny and heart-stoppingly exciting"
Stephanie Cross
"Utterly absorbing... Addictive, funny and brilliantly observed."
The Telegraph
"Some of the funniest writing Banks has ever produced. A writer who has the rare gift of being infallibly entertaining."
The Sunday Times
"It's the testimony of a writer refusing to go quietly, Iain Banks has got the last word."
Sunday Express
"The Quarry is a satisfying end to a fine writing career."
The Guardian
"The Quarry is an honorable finale to an exciting career."
The Observer
"This is a novel that's perched at the dangerous edge of things, looking down. It's an urgent novel and an important one."
Independent on Sunday
"Iain Banks's gift to us over nearly 30 books, a brilliant, piercing depiction of just how funny, stupid, pointless, infuriating, glorious, mind-bending, and inane life can be. And that's why he's been a constant inspiration to me as a novelist and a human being."
Sunday Herald
"A powerful and affecting book. The Quarry reaches a pitch of emotion that only a reader made of granite could read without tears."
The Times
"The Quarry is...a novel shot through with Banks's trademark humor, political engagement, and hope."
The Independent
"In Banks we had a novelist of supreme subtlety and one who...had an irrepressible sense of fun, that is evident on every page of The Quarry."
The Scotsman
"Remarkable."
Evening Standard
"A compelling, raw book. Well-told, like all his books."
Express (4 Star Review)
"The book should comfort his fans in many ways, not least the rather hopeful ending and the almost belligerent way in which Guy remains true to his beliefs. Iain Banks may have just missed seeing his last book on the shelves but he can rest safe in the knowledge that what he has bequeathed us is something very fitting for such a stand-out career."
Sunday Mirror
"This is vintage Banks, full of heart, black comedy, and vitriol, and is sure to delight his fans."
review TLS
"With its deadpan teen narrator and stern rural backdrop, it is hard not to find in The Quarry a trace of Banks's enduring debut novel The Wasp Factory and with it the closing of a literary circle... The Quarry is a fitting valediction."
Cory Doctorow
"A goodbye letter to the world and all of its wonder and terror."
From the Publisher
"A goodbye letter to the world and all of its wonder and terror."—Cory Doctorow, boingboing.net

"Some of the funniest writing Banks has ever produced. A writer who has the rare gift of being infallibly entertaining."—The Telegraph

"It's the testimony of a writer refusing to go quietly, Iain Banks has got the last word."—The Sunday Times

"The Quarry is a satisfying end to a fine writing career."—Sunday Express

"The Quarry is an honorable finale to an exciting career."—The Guardian

"This is a novel that's perched at the dangerous edge of things, looking down. It's an urgent novel and an important one."—The Observer

"Iain Banks's gift to us over nearly 30 books, a brilliant, piercing depiction of just how funny, stupid, pointless, infuriating, glorious, mind-bending, and inane life can be. And that's why he's been a constant inspiration to me as a novelist and a human being."—Independent on Sunday

"A powerful and affecting book. The Quarry reaches a pitch of emotion that only a reader made of granite could read without tears."—Sunday Herald

"The Quarry is...a novel shot through with Banks's trademark humor, political engagement, and hope."—The Times, Book of the Week

"In Banks we had a novelist of supreme subtlety and one who...had an irrepressible sense of fun, that is evident on every page of The Quarry."—The Independent

"Remarkable."—The Scotsman

"A compelling, raw book. Well-told, like all his books."—Evening Standard

"The book should comfort his fans in many ways, not least the rather hopeful ending and the almost belligerent way in which Guy remains true to his beliefs. Iain Banks may have just missed seeing his last book on the shelves but he can rest safe in the knowledge that what he has bequeathed us is something very fitting for such a stand-out career."—Express (4 Star Review)

"This is vintage Banks, full of heart, black comedy, and vitriol, and is sure to delight his fans."—Sunday Mirror

"With its deadpan teen narrator and stern rural backdrop, it is hard not to find in The Quarry a trace of Banks's enduring debut novel The Wasp Factory and with it the closing of a literary circle... The Quarry is a fitting valediction."—TLS, review

"Banks was an extraordinary writer; in straight literary fiction and in his science fiction novels, he engaged the world with passion... For good reason, Banks's many fans will devour this book."—Library Journal

4* Express
"The book should comfort his fans in many ways, not least the rather hopeful ending and the almost belligerent way in which Guy remains true to his beliefs. Iain Banks may have just missed seeing his last book on the shelves but he can rest safe in the knowledge that what he has bequeathed us is something very fitting for such a stand-out career."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316281836
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Publication date: 4/15/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 516,406
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Iain Banks came to controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, The Wasp Factory, in 1984. He has since gained enormous popular and critical acclaim for both his mainstream and his science fiction novels.

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