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Dark family secrets and a long-lost love affair lie at the heart of Iain Banks's fabulous new novel. The Wopuld family built its fortune on a board game called Empire! - now a hugely successful computer game. So successful, the American Spraint Corp wants to buy the firm out. Young renegade Alban, who has been evading the family clutches for years, is run to ground and persuded to attend the forthcoming family gathering - part birthday party, part Extraordinary General Meeting - convened by Win, Wopuld matriarch and most powerful member of the board, at Garbadale, the family's highland castle. Being drawn back into the bosom of the clan brings a disconcerting confrontation with Alban's past. What drove his mother to take her own life? And is he ready to see Sophie, his beautiful cousin and teenage love? Grandmother Win's revelations wll radically alter Alban's perspective for ever.

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The Steep Approach to Garbadale
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Another great story from the master storyteller.
February 9th, 2015
I never tire of reading and rereading Banks' work. The characters and environments so well researched and so vividly portrayed it's hard to remember you're reading a work of fiction. A huge vocabulary effortlessly powering a thrilling imagination, makes Garberdale come alive.
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