Kit doesn't know who his mother is. What he does know, however, is that his 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 on.
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Iain Banks - genius
I have read all of Iain's books and all of them have been my favourite as soon as I finished them. This is no exception. The Quarry is full of typical Banks qualities; dark humour, characters with true depth, often bleak yet inspiring landscapes, honest and insightful socio-political comment and most importantly, a thick and twisted plot line which draws you in and never let's go until the final page. After the book is finished you find yourself thinking about the characters now and the story untold (and never to be told). Some like resolution in novels but Banks' is aware that a story is just a moment revealed in the middle of a lifetime and indeed of a history. He dies too soon and he is sadly missed. Iain, I raise my glass to you. Your work has touched me and changed me. And I'm so sad that this will be your last.
Sorely missed already. Farewell Iain.