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SCOTNOTES Study Guides

Iain Banks’s

Alan MacGillivray

Published in: Paperback.
By: Association for Scottish Literary Studies, 2001
Price: £5.95
ISBN 978-0-948877-48-3

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Iain Banks is one of the most inventive writers in the UK today, producing an extraordinary range of work, from family sagas set in present-day Scotland to science fiction spanning vast gulfs of space and time. He enjoys breaking the arbitrary boundaries of genre, and often creates narratives blending “realistic” storylines with fantastical elements.

Alan MacGillivray’s Scotnote provides an overview of Iain Banks’s fiction, and focuses on three novels in particular: The Wasp Factory, a darkly comic piece of Scottish Gothic fiction; The Crow Road, a cross-generational family saga with elements of a detective story; and Whit, following the adventures of an innocent thrust into modern society. Suitable for senior school pupils and students at all levels.


  • Iain Banks and his work
  • The Wasp Factory
    • Synopsis
    • Structure
    • Characters
    • Themes
    • Humour
  • The Crow Road
    • Settings
    • Families
    • Structure
    • Story
    • Themes
  • Whit
    • Title
    • Structure
    • Synopsis
    • Themes
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography


Last updated 20 October 2010.