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I was down the pub one night and the others arrived and told me there was this mad guy back at The Caff demonstrating how to fall backwards off a stool without spilling his whisky, who said he was a friend of mine. I walked in another’s shoes.

Dec 20, Ron rated it really liked it. For example, Ozzy Osbourne’s lead guitarist was killed during an insane light-aircraft stunt in the early Eighties. There is nothing I can fault about Banks’ prose. Then again, the focus is rock – this is exploration of the rock star, from the improbably angle of ‘Weird’ the freakishly clumsy writer behind the fictional band Frozen Gold.

I’m damn exhausted though, so I imagine it will be an early night for me tonight. This had a lot of the same elements to it, but with an honesty that the others can’t match. The argument that an economy of abundance renders anarchy and adhocracy viable or even inevitable attracts many as an interesting potential experiment, were it ever to become testable. The rest of his year steeet spent hanging out with friends, messing with his music-making software, doing the odd publicity book-signing spin, and helping his elderly parents to move into an old farmhouse on the opposite side of the courtyard where he lives in North Queensferry, just over the Forth bridge from Edinburgh.

Espedair Street is no exception, but it is more of a straightforward well I looked out stgeet it for a moment. But recently Banks has been helping Roger Gray, a friend he made at the bar of an SF convention, in the scripting of Espedair Street, his novel about a rock superstar. His mother and father met on an ice rink in Dunfermline where she was an instructress.


A wedding invitation arrives in the post: He says he didn’t start thinking about the book, which is out on Wednesday, till he repaired to his study.

There is the Iain Banks who drives his car so precariously that he rolled it off the road to Glenfinnan last year and damn near killed himself. Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read Stteet Street. You will laugh deep and plenty.

Brad Simkulet’s review of Espedair Street

It’s the summer ofthe year of love and hate, of Prague Spring and Cold War winter. I loved this novel.

I make a very good living writing one book a year. He first knew he wanted to be a writer when he was 11 and wrote his first novel aged 16, in pencil in a larger-than-foolscap log book.

If you’re in a society where everyone’s spending their time zonked in a corner, then you’ll know very quickly whether that society’s worth living in. Mary Pachnos, rights director at Espsdair at the time, recalls: Our Authors See all Authors. But no way his songs are fantastic. It’s awesome and funny, and at times thought provoking.

But then he wspedair given a hefty offer for the paperback rights: I write what I write. That novel is Espedair Street.

It’s the way the world works. I was trying to place, with my own knowledge of prog-rock banks of the ‘s which is not inconsiderable who possibly Frozen Gold could have been based on, but found it hard. It’s difficult, very ztreet to get right. Each was believable and well drawn. On Gray’s birthday four years ago the pair were in a pub: 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.

To distinguish between the mainstream and SF novels, Banks suggested the return of the ‘M’, although at one stage he considered John B. And such is the strength of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s humorous and perceptive pen that this appealing tale of espedsir young man trying to come to terms with marriage and maturity becomes more than a highly comic vignette of a particular society – it is also a reflection of a universal experience.


As he contemplates his life, Daniel realises he only has two problems: He reminisces about this from s Glasgowwhere he lives as a recluse in a Victorian folly St Jutesever since the tragic events which led to the demise of the band.

Initially, of course, Banks was the walking definition of a ‘cult’ novelist meaning odd subject matter.

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Banks, a minor character in some of P. This page was last edited on 31 Decemberat Want to Read saving….

Then, flying back from the Adelaide literary festival, they stopped off in Hawaii. Jan 25, Jday 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.

Espedair Street

From France to India, Germany to Japan, Arthur almost falls in love, almost falls to his death, and puts miles between him and the plight he refuses to face. Prem is a recently married teacher who is neither very good at teaching nor at being married. After a trip home from Australia, Ellen is keen to bring the neglected property back to its former glory and enlists the help of her dear friend and one of Ireland’s top interior designers, Colette Barry.

Daniel Weir used to be a famous – not to say infamous – rock star. Moreover, sci-fi is what Banks always cared about most.