Book Thirty Three 2014:
The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
I first read The Wasp Factory….. I was going to estimate an actual date there but it was donkey’s year ago. Sometime in the 90s. I remember being blown away by it then (it was the first Iain or Iain M. Banks I had read) and it was thrilling to find out, all these years later, that it was just as incredible as I remembered it.
It’s dark, vicious, empty, dangerous, brave and an incredible story of the growing up of one very, very different 16 year old boy on a Scottish island.
You should read the story of how it came to be his first published novel after years of rejections.
If I had to pick a list of my favourite ten books I had ever read, this would be in it.