As a native of Scotland, bestselling author Iain Banks decided to undertake a tour of the distilleries of his homeland in a bid to uncover the unique spirit of the single malt. Visiting some of the world’s most famous distilleries and also some of its smallest and most obscure ones, Banks embarked on a journey of discovery which educated him about the places, people and products surrounding the centuries-old tradition of whisky production. Using various modes of transport – ferries to the islands, cars across the highlands, even bicycles between bus-stops – Banks’s tour of Scotland combines history, literature and landscape in an entertaining and informative account of an exploration in which the arrival is by no means the most important part of the journey.
New introduction by Ian Rankin
‘One of the most playful and entertaining writers of our generation’
Val McDermid, Guardian
In an absorbing voyage as interesting to non-drinkers as to true whisky connoisseurs, sci-fi and literary author Iain Banks explores the rich heritage of Scottish whisky, from the most famous distilleries to the most obscure operations.
Whisky is more than a drink: it’s a culture that binds together people, places and products far across Scotland’s rugged terrain. Switching from cars to ferries to bicycles, Banks criss-crosses his homeland, weaving an engrossing narrative full of fascinating traditions, peculiar people, and the downright bizarre places he encounters on his journey down Scotland’s great golden road.
‘The book I return to most often . . . It’s is like slipping into a warm bath.’
James Graham, THE TIMES (playwright and creator of ITV’s Quiz)
‘Filled withinsightful and witty observations . . . this is a rip-roaringand informative delve into the unique history and enduring appeal of this iconic spirit.’
VISIT SCOTLAND, 9 ‘must read’ books
|Dimensions||22.2 × 14.4 × 3.5 cm|
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