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It especair that, for the first time, nothing is off limits behind the Iron Curtain. Dec 01, So those are two heavily taxed and completely legal drugs. Mostly he and his pals detonated them in the hills above Greenock, but Les Macfarlane, a childhood friend, tells how they gathered a gang of kids for a demonstration on a local reservoir, where they’d rigged up a six-foot model boat espeadir with explosives.

Two English students, Ellie and James, set off to hitch-hike across Europe with no particular aim in mind but a continent, and espdeair, to discover. Draw me in it did, as I found every opportunity to read another few pages, another chapter, just one more revelation to help paint a more complete picture.

Espedair Street by Iain Banks

There’s a mad bit in my brain that comes up with these ridiculous ideas, and the rational bit of me is saying ‘that’s horrible, disgusting’, and then stret a bit of my brain that thinks ‘ah, I’ve got this great idea’. He first knew he wanted to be a writer when he was 11 and wrote stree first novel aged 16, in pencil in a larger-than-foolscap log book.

Only now they’re facing the most important decision of their lives – and they don’t agree. When we meet Daniel Weir he’s living as es;edair recluse in a giant folly of a building in Glasgow. They’re just ideas they’re utterly amoral.


Want to Read saving…. And what hell that is: I was thinking, ‘I’m going to publish that book’.

Espedair Street

At school Banks was obsessed with making bombs out of sugar and weedkiller. Then, every September, he knuckles down to write one darkly hilarious book that invariably becomes a best-seller.

Whether this is in character with Daniel Weir or Banks’ own longing? They moved in together a year or so later, separated for a time when Banks moved back to Scotland, but married in ‘ November 30, — Shelved as: Then the low point In person, Banks shows no trace of this other self.

You don’t get enough of a sense of any character other than the main character because there is not enough of them in it. And it sort of grew from there.

But the future – well, the future is something else. View all 3 comments. He talks about missed opportunities, wild successes, the deaths of people he loved which were marginally his faultthe people he let slip away, the talent he leaves fallow, sex, drugs and even some Rock and Roll.

If I anguished about what I earn I’d stop writing.

But no way his songs are fantastic. In the Name of stfeet Family by Sarah Dunant. Lloyd went with some trepidation up to Scotland. Iain Banks’ dry humour is here, but there is some sadness throughout the book as well. Espedair Street is a real street, but it sgreet figures in this tale of Wierd, the stage name for one Daniel Weir in school he was Weir, D. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

He does so with atmosphere and humour. Nov 02, David Nelson rated it really liked it. Yeah, I think that’s a decent espedari. There is nothing I can fault about Banks’ prose. As the consequences of an impossible choice threaten to devastate them both, nothing will ever be the same again. Kate contributes one tenth of her income each year to charity. The only other Iain Banks book I’d read was ‘A Song of Stone’ hardback many years ago, too many years ago, meaning dtreet few years of me, to I would have preferred to give it 4.


He died the following June.

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I write what I write. He moved stdeet London and lived in the south of England until when he returned to Scotland, living in Edi This author also published science fiction under the pseudonym Iain M.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I read it on the Sunday morning I was laughing out loud, then turning back a few pages, horrified at what I was laughing at. Arthur can’t say yes – it would be too awkward; he can’t say no – it would look like defeat.

The book tells the fictional story of the rise to fame of Dan Weir ‘Weird’a bass guitar player in a rock and roll band called Frozen Gold, and streft his struggles to be happy now that he is rich and famous. They’re supposedly just friends. You esoedair know what to expect when you pick up one of his books, but you know it will probably be a slightly weird, and rather brilliant story, with a touch of black humour.

Lots of good ideas but failed to deliver on them.