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  • Published: 1 October 2004
  • ISBN: 9780099460275
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $22.99

Raw Spirit

In Search of the Perfect Dram


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A personal journey through the highlands and islands exploring the history, personalities and mystery of the water of life.

As a native of Scotland, bestselling author Iain Banks has 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 embarks on a journey of discovery which educates 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' 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.

  • Pub date: 1 October 2004
  • ISBN: 9780099460275
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Iain Banks

Iain Banks was born in Scotland in 1954. He came to widespread public notice in 1984 with the publication of his first novel, The Wasp Factory. He went on to gain enormous and popular critical acclaim with further works of fiction and science fiction. In 1993 he was acknowledged as one of the Best of Young British Writers. He died in 2013.


Praise for Raw Spirit

“...In the final judgement, it does what every good book should manage to do..., and what a hundred other books on whisky (and a thousand other books on Scotland) have signally failed to do: makes you want to go for a drink with the author.”

Observer

“studded with bracing shots of pure insight and eloquence. And he's [Iain Banks's] sound on the scotch as well.”

Independent

“This is a journey to look forward to...”

Manchester Evening News


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