The Quarry (Iain Banks novel)

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The Quarry
AuthorIain Banks
PublisherLittle, Brown
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback)
Pages336 pp

The Quarry is Iain Banks' final novel, which was published posthumously in late June 2013. It deals with an autistic youth, Kit, and his father, Guy, a misanthrope who is dying of cancer.[1]

The author, who died on 9 June 2013, was in the advanced phases of terminal gall bladder cancer at the time the book was being prepared for publication, although he did not discover this until the book was almost finished.[2] The novel is said to draw from Banks's own experiences on this topic.[3] The dates of publication of The Quarry were brought forward at Banks's request,[2] and were 20 June 2013 in the UK[4] and 25 June 2013 in the US.[5][6] The Scotsman reviewer Hannah McGill, reflecting on Banks's condition at the time of writing, called it "a state-of-the-self book, a meaning-of-life book".[7]


  1. ^ Hannah McGill (9 June 2013). "Book review: The Quarry by Iain Banks". The Scotsman on Sunday.
  2. ^ a b "Iain Banks dies of cancer aged 59". BBC. 9 June 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  3. ^ Bryant, Ben. "Iain Banks dies of cancer aged 59". Telegraph. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
  4. ^ "Iain Banks - The Quarry cover art, release date and synopsis reveal". Archived from the original on 7 May 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  5. ^ Lindsay Deutsch (7 May 2013). "Book Buzz: New Iain Banks coming in June". USA TODAY. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  6. ^ Jason Boog (6 May 2013). "Iain Banks to publish 'The Quarry' in June". GalleyCat. MediaBistro. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  7. ^ McGill, Hannah. "Book review: The Quarry by Iain Banks". The Scotsman. Retrieved 20 December 2013.