Readable, gripping . . . One of his best (William Leith Evening Standard
'There is more than a shade of Pip and Estella in Stewart and Ellie, and to create an emotionally satisfying while intellectually convincing ending is a rare achievement . . . Beguiling (Stuart Kelly Guardian
The mythology of Stewart's past, and of Stonemouth itself, is utterly absorbing. Addictive, funny, and brilliantly observed (Daily Mail
Banks at his waspish, intelligent, nuanced best. His fans will give thanks (Scotland on Sunday
Iain Banks at his very best - his funniest, grittiest and most exciting novel yet.