The Steep Approach to Garbadale by Iain Banks

About the book

Dark family secrets and a long-lost love affair lie at the heart of Iain Banks’s fabulous new novel. The Wopuld family built its fortune on a board game called Empire! – now a hugely successful computer game. So successful, the American Spraint Corp wants to buy the firm out. Young renegade Alban, who has been evading the family clutches for years, is run to ground and persuded to attend the forthcoming family gathering – part birthday party, part Extraordinary General Meeting – convened by Win, Wopuld matriarch and most powerful member of the board, at Garbadale, the family’s highland castle. Being drawn back into the bosom of the clan brings a disconcerting confrontation with Alban’s past. What drove his mother to take her own life? And is he ready to see Sophie, his beautiful cousin and teenage love? Grandmother Win’s revelations wll radically alter Alban’s perspective for ever.

Reviewed by Milford Reading Group:

A confusing book with ill constructed chapters. Didn’t have much empathy with characters, with the exception of Allan. Found the bad language and explicit sex rather off putting but found it a reasonably entertaining read.

Star rating: **

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1 thought on “The Steep Approach to Garbadale by Iain Banks”

  1. We all liked this book. We thought it was well written and the characters well drawn. A moral book! Interesting how she brought all the characters togehter. Given four stars.


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