The Crow Road

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What to expect

From its bravura opening onwards, THE CROW ROAD is justly regarded as an outstanding contemporary novel.

‘It was the day my grandmother exploded. I sat in the crematorium, listening to my Uncle Hamish quietly snoring in harmony to Bach’s Mass in B Minor, and I reflected that it always seemed to be death that drew me back to Gallanach.’

Prentice McHoan has returned to the bosom of his complex but enduring Scottish family. Full of questions about the McHoan past, present and future, he is also deeply preoccupied: mainly with death, sex, drink, God and illegal substances…

Critics Review

  • His masterpiece . . . it’s got a beating heart, and you want to keep reading

    Daily Express
  • One of the best opening lines of any novel… a warm, witty and ultimately very poignant book

    Guardian
  • Menacing, dark and very funny

    Telegraph
  • Banks keeps death in its place, under the boot of wit which knows that the most significant romance can blossom whilst your youngest brother is up to the elbow in Sugar Smacks looking for the plastic toy

    Observer
  • This is Banks’ finest novel yet

    Independent on Sunday
  • Bank reinforces his credentials as one of the most able, energetic and stimulating writers we have in the UK

    Time Out

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