The Wasp Factory: A Novel by Iain Banks

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.

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The 503rd greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 32nd on Waterstone's Books of the Century (LibraryThing)
  2. - 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime ( (UK))
  3. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
The Wasp Factory Hardcover 3822786 $325.17 $27.56 2001
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