The Crow Road - Iain Banks

Following the sad news that Iain Banks has just announced he is suffering from terminal cancer, we have decided to included him as our next book. Writing mainstream fiction as Iain Banks, and science fiction as Iain M Banks, he has published 24 books.   We will read “The Crow Road”, first published in 1992:

'It was the day my grandmother exploded. I sat in the crematorium, listening to my Uncle Hamish quietly snoring in harmony to Bach's Mass in B Minor, and I reflected that it always seemed to be death that drew me back to Gallanach.'

Prentice McHoan has returned to the bosom of his complex but enduring Scottish family. Full of questions about the McHoan past, present and future, he is also deeply preoccupied: mainly with death, sex, drink, God and illegal substances...

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If you dig around, you might also be able to find the 1996 BBC four part miniseries on DVD.

We will book a table in The Standard – hopefully in the quieter room to one side, away from the main bar (tbc). Look for a copy of the novel on the table!

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  • Taariq H.

    Not a bad book. I give it 6/10.

    May 9, 2013

  • Sharyn

    I'm so sorry, I'm Stuck at work! Completely bummed, I loved the book! Enjoy the night!

    May 9, 2013

  • Corrina L.

    Hey guys - really sorry but I have car trouble and won't make it. Next month!

    May 9, 2013

  • Chantal

    I cannot make it after all - I have been struck down by a chest cold and it is brutal. Have FUN. It was a favourite book years ago and I enjoyed re-reading it - sorry to miss the fun discussion!!

    May 9, 2013

  • Jess

    Called in at the last minute to work tonight :( Really enjoyed this book and was looking forward to hearing what other people thought about it!

    May 9, 2013

  • Vegan1980

    Sorry I forgot a conflicting event

    May 7, 2013

  • Taariq H.

    I am reading this book via an e book copy on a kindle device. It is not a great book. Who chose this book? May I suggest something better for next time ?

    April 25, 2013

    • Taariq H.

      HI, The book started out very slowly and didn't grab me at first but it has improved. I admit I would not know about this author were it not for joining this book club. I am open to hearing what other people thought of it.I will have read it all by May 9th.

      April 29, 2013

    • Taariq H.

      In Fact now that I have read it all , I liked it so I should keep quiet until I finish reading a book .

      May 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really sorry as I was looking forward to this, however my boyfriend has booked a fancy meal out and Star Trek tickets so can't really so no! See you at the next one.

    May 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sadly can't make tonight due to commitments.

    April 28, 2013

  • Nigel A.

    Couldn't disagree more Taariq! Loving the book, and glad the book club opened up a great author to me, that I hadn't read before. Love the wit in Banks' writing.

    2 · April 26, 2013

  • Sharyn

    Wow, how exciting! I have always wanted to do something like this! Looking forward to meeting some new people . . . Now to track down this book!

    April 25, 2013

  • Taariq H.

    I need to get a copy of this book and read it asap!

    April 15, 2013

  • joanne

    looking forward to meeting people!

    April 14, 2013

  • Emily

    New (ish) to melbourne and still trying to find my feet. Would I be able to join u? 26 female moved from perth with my fiancé last may

    April 8, 2013

    • Steve

      No problem! If you RSVP to the invite, you will be automatically included for May 9th, and should also receive reminders and updates about the event. Your RSVP will also help us manage numbers on the night.

      April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great, I've wanted to read this for ages!

    April 8, 2013

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