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Macallan as his SF pseudonym, the name deriving from his favourite whiskies: He works three, maybe four espedaiir a year, but his annual novel invariably hits the bestseller list at launch, making him wealthy enough to spend the rest of the year doing what the hell he wants. Written 6 years before Trainspotting, Espedair Street comes across like the big brother in the family.

Eventually maybe, yes, when I’ve got mum and dad’s house out of the way. From coastal Australia to the rugged beauty of Ireland, an enchanting novel of starting over, in the tradition of Maeve Binchy and Monica McInerneyTheir grandmother’s stone cottage was always a welcome retreat in the childhood summers of Ellen and Aidan O’Shea.

Two days ago I decided to kill myself.

Told partly in flashbacks of his days with FG and partly in his present esepdair as Jimmy Hay, caretaker of St. That day I drove down to see friends for lunch, and I’m told I spent the whole journey in silence.

I tell him that whenever he walks into a shop the people’s eyes start ringing like tills. You can’t ask for more. In fact, the first half of the book feels like a fictional version of a rock stars memoirs. But that’s what it’s about.


Jul 08, Clare Neilson rated it really liked it. Two English students, Ellie and James, set off to hitch-hike across Europe with no particular aim in mind but a continent, and themselves, to discover.

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If I had remembered, I would have missed out on this wonderful book. The twenty-fifth anniversary edition of a modern classic: Illustrating the start, life and end of the band – the crazy activities in those times and post band flat-line, ordinary life looks grey.

Whatever, if there is a message here in Espedair Street, it is what fame and excessive amounts of money can do to you. Every other year he’d be sending off manuscripts and pinning the litter of rejection slips over his bedroom wall. At thirty-one he has been both a brilliant failure and a dull success.

He gained enormous popular and critical acclaim for both his mainstream and his science fiction novels.

But and it’s a big but it’s no good pretending that Iain Banks is just a sweet and beguiling chap espeddair happens to be able to turn out richly inventive novels at the rate of one a year. There is a tone of rock journalism in the parts of the book about Frozen Gold. But the one thing you can guarantee for children born now is that srteet world will be completely, totally different. Espedair Street is a real street, but it sttreet figures in this tale of Wierd, the stage name for one Daniel Weir in school he was Weir, D.

Both parents came from large families, so although Iain was an only child he grew up among crowds of cousins and second cousins, many of whom lived on and off abroad as naval pilots and the like more exotic than a conventional quiet Scottish town upbringing might normally suggest. Jan 25, Jday rated it really liked it. He’s made a lot of mistakes that have paid off and a lot of smart moves he’ll regret forever however long that turns out to be.


Then the low point The work made him enough money to keep writing right through his twenties, with long gaps in between jobs to travel: And now Daniel Weir is all alone. It is told using one of Banks’ favourite devices, the series of flashbacks which converge to espedxir explain the present Danny living as a recluse, pretending to be his own streef in a bizarre Victorian folly in Streeg. Having just looked at Iain Banks’s bibliography I noticed how relatively early in his career this particular novel was written.

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He moved to London and lived in the south of England until when he returned to Scotland, living in Edinburgh and then Fife. The story is an enjoyable ride, from excessive parties and friends flying private aeroplanes in a ludicrous race between factory chimneys, to his relationships and failures stret women.

Yep, Iain Banks wrote a happy ending.