Raw Spirit Travel Book

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Raw SpiritSynopsis
In a bid to uncover the unique spirit of the single malt whisky, author Iain Banks has decided to undertake a tour of the distilleries of his homeland. His tour of Scotland combines history, literature and landscape in an entertaining and informative account.

From the Publisher
A personal journey through the highlands and islands exploring the history, personalities and mystery of the water of life.

About the Author
Iain Banks was born in Scotland in 1954. He came to widespread public notice in 1984 with the publication of his first novel, The Wasp Factory. Since then he has gained enormous and popular critical acclaim with further works of fiction and science fiction. In 1993 he was acknowledged as one of the Best of Young British Writers. He lives in Fife, Scotland.


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Having found too much of Banksie's recent fiction disappointing, I bought this one out of curiosity as much as anything. His skill as a writer certainly shows through, significantly better than the likes of Bill Bryson, for example, in terms of a travel book. So this looks like a welcome addition to the Banks canon.

I also found the autobiographical aspect interesting, in that it made his fiction, such as Against a Dark Background and Use of Weapon, seem more accomplished in comparison to his day-to-day activities.

If only he can get more enthusiastic about future fiction titles, and inject some life into them, instead of going through the motions. Making them about 250 pages long might be a good target, so that he can fit some quality work into his 12 week, working year.

He also made me laugh at his idea of a writer barely keeping the wolf from the door.

User - Charles Smyth from Belfast, Co Antrim United Kingdom

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