The Crow Road by Iain Banks

  • February 20, 2014 · 7:30 PM
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From its bravura opening onwards, THE CROW ROAD is justly regarded as an outstanding contemporary novel.

'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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  • Lucy

    I'm sorry I never managed to make it along for what should have been my first book group meeting. I'll hopefully make it along to one of the other meetings soon. Oh and I enjoyed The Crow Road - my first Iain Banks novel!

    February 22, 2014

  • Wendy

    I really enjoyed tonight & I'm looking forward to next month

    February 20, 2014

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    A former member

    Hi !
    I'm afraid I won't be able to make it tonight... Next month, hopefully ? Have a nice evening !

    February 20, 2014

  • Eliza

    Hey - I won't be there tonight, sorry! Didn't get to this book, but I've started on Kate Atkinson and am loving it! See you next month.

    February 20, 2014

  • Hannah C.

    I won't be able to make this meet but I should be along to the next one. Work has been hectic and I did not manage to pick up the current book. I'll get on top of it as I would love to come along and meet everyone.

    February 20, 2014

  • Fiona M.

    Sorry, won't be able to make it. Hopefully I'll make March.

    February 19, 2014

  • susan w.

    I was about to post Sarah's suggestion for March -Neil Gaiman's 'The Ocean at the End of the Lane' - but see that it won't be out in paperback until April. The library copies seem to be out or reserved. So, we either read another more easily available Neil Gaiman book, or go for something else for March. Recent suggestions include Kate Atkinson's 'Life after Life' (only available in p/back at end of Jan), Tim Winton's 'Cloudstreet', Simon Mawer's 'The Glass Room' and 'Bliss' by Peter Carey. Would be pleased to hear your comments/ suggestions. Sue

    January 25, 2014

    • Sara K.

      Maybe we should go with Nicola's suggestion, as it's her last month with us :'(

      February 3, 2014

    • Nicola L.

      Let's hope I have chosen something we can have a good chat about, so I can leave on a high :(

      1 · February 5, 2014

  • susan w.

    Thanks for all your comments. Sounds like Kate Atkinson for March but definitely will have a Neil Gaiman book at some stage! TIP: I bought 'Life after Life' in WH Smith yesterday, costs only £2.99 with the Daily Telegraph but copies were going fast.

    February 4, 2014

  • susan w.

    After taking so long to decide on an Iain Banks book I reasoned that we could perhaps do with a lighter take on life, although by its very nature I appreciate that to have one's grandmother explode cannot be called light entertainment. Or it could just be that I have had this book sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read for rather a long time - this seemed the perfect opportunity. Hope you all enjoy it & look forward to seeing you in February.

    January 6, 2014

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