However, a book I recently won through a Twitter competition has brought me back into the light. This book is by the Scottish writer Iain Banks, who passed away in June of this year. It’s called “The Quarry” and I had been gazing at it perched on my windowsill (with several others on my ‘To Read’ list) with a sense of want for a few weeks. Needing a break from the dreaded “Tom Jones”, I finally caved in and started reading “The Quarry” this week. It’s given me the relief I’ve needed. Banks gives good voice to the characters in the (at times) humorous and realistic dialogue. I love the distinct and well-developed character profiles, and they are, as a result, incredibly easy to picture together as a group of friends. There’s a compelling premise to the story, and 'The Quarry' proved to be a page turner from the outset.
Iain Banks has reminded me I love to read. I’m not surprised there’s been an asteroid named after Iain Banks. His writing is ... ready?!... out of this world.
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