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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.

Reviews

...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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  • Paperback

    9780099460275

    October 1, 2004

    Arrow

    384 pages

    RRP $22.99

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