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First edition
AuthorIain Banks
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
Publication date
5 April 2012
Media typePrint (Hardback)
Pages368 pp

Stonemouth is a 2012 novel by Scottish author Iain Banks. The novel was published on 5 April 2012 by Little, Brown and Company and follows a man returning to a small seaport town after leaving due to a sexual scandal. The Irish Times picked the book as one of their "Books to Read in 2012".[1]

Plot summary[edit]

Stewart Gilmour returns to Stonemouth, a fictional seaport town north of Aberdeen, for a funeral. It is five years since he ran away to London after a sexual indiscretion at a wedding. Stonemouth is controlled by two rival gangs, the Murstons and the MacAvetts, and Gilmour was engaged to a member of the former clan before he had to leave.[2]


Critical reception for Stonemouth has been mostly positive.[3][4] Some criticisms of the book included some of the references to modern technology being "unauthentic",[5] while praise for the novel centred on the plot's mystery.[6]


An adaptation for BBC Television was announced in 2014, starring Christian Cooke as Stewart Gilmour, with Peter Mullan, Sharon Small and Gary Lewis. Location filming[7] took place in Macduff, Aberdeenshire in November 2014. It premiered on 8 June 2015 on BBC One Scotland, and 11 June 2015 on BBC Two in the rest of the UK.[8]


  1. ^ Wallace, Arminta. "The books to read in 2012". Irish Times. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
  2. ^ Banks, Iain (2012). Stonemouth. Little, Brown. ISBN 1408702509.
  3. ^ "Book review: Stonemouth - Iain Banks - Scotland -". The Scotsman. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Iain Banks - Stonemouth". The List. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  5. ^ White, Hilary A (25 March 2012). "Energetic master of set piece reigns supreme - Books, Entertainment -". Irish Independent. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  6. ^ Kelly, Stuart (28 March 2012). "Stonemouth by Iain Banks – review". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 5 April 2012.
  7. ^ "Stonemouth". Scotland the Movie Location Guide. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  8. ^