The polarizing literary debut by Scottish author Ian Banks, The Wasp Factory is the bizarre, imaginative, disturbing, and darkly comic look into the mind of a child psychopath. Meet Frank Cauldhame. Just sixteen, and unconventional to say the least: Two years after I killed Blyth I murdered my young brother Paul, for quite different and more fundamental reasons than I'd disposed of Blyth, and then a year after that I did for my young cousin Esmerelda, more or less on a whim. That's my score to date. Three. I haven't killed anybody for years, and don't intend to ever again. It was just a stage I was going through.
About the Author
Iain Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the original publication of his first novel, "The Wasp Factory, " recently selected in a British poll as one of the top 100 novels of the century. Since then he has gained enormous popular and critical acclaim with further works of fiction and, as Iain M. Banks, science fiction. He lives in Scotland.
One of the top 100 novels of the century.
The New York Times
Mail on Sunday
A mighty imagination has arrived on the scene.
The Financial Times
Macabre, bizarre, and impossible to put down.
There's nothing to force you, having been warned, to read it; nor do I recommend it.
The Wasp Factory is a first novel not only of tremendous promise, but also of achievement, a minor masterpiece perhaps.
The Times (London)
Times Literary Supplement
A literary equivalent of the nastiest brand of juvenile delinquency.
Read it if you dare.