Over the past few months The Telegraph newspaper with WHSmith has been offering readers some really great fiction and this week’s novel is The Quarry by Iain Banks, newly released in paperback. The Quarry was the last book published by Iain Banks before his death in 2013. Readers can claim the book for just £2.99 (RRP £7.99) between Thursday, March 27 and Wednesday, April 2, or bring in one of the printed vouchers published in the paper on Thursday, March 27 or Saturday, March 29 which is valid until Wednesday 2 April.
The Quarry features a socially awkward and mildly autistic 18 year old named named Kit who never knew his mother is, but does know, that his misanthropic father, Guy, is dying of cancer. Feeling his death is imminent, Guy gathers around him his oldest friends – or at least the friends with the most to lose by his death. Paul – the rising star in the Labour party who dreads the day a tape they all made at university might come to light; Alison and Robbie, corporate bunnies whose relationship is daily more fractious; Pris and Haze, once an item, now estranged, and finally Hol – friend, mentor, former lover and the only one who seemed to care.
But what will happen to Kit when Guy is gone? And why isn’t Kit’s mother in the picture? As the friends reunite for Guy’s last days, old jealousies, affairs and lies come to light as Kit watches obsessively analytical observing events (watching from the perspective of youth the way these friendships have either endured or been dropped) it becomes obvious that he is the key character who stands to lose the most out of all of them.