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  • Published: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781407063843
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224
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These Demented Lands




'Alan Warner has a gift greater than the gift of telling a story. He can make what he chooses to tell us seem like a story we were waiting to hear' Adam Mars-Jones, Observer

An aircrash investigator haunts the hinterlands of an island - around the isolated honeymoon hotspot, the Drome Hotel - gathering the fallen pieces of planes that have been used in makeshift sheds and fences; but what kind of jigsaw is he really is he really assembling as he paces the runway? A young woman makes landfall on the island, crossing the interior to arrive at the Drome Hotel: desperate, strange - and strangely familiar. . . Meanwhile, DJ Cormorant is trying to organise The Big One, a rave on the adjacent airstrip, and from all over These Demented Lands come twisted characters - The Arganout, the Knife Sharpener, The Devil's Advocate and the Crazed troupe of Cattle rovers - converging for one final Saturday night at the Drome Hotel.

  • Pub date: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781407063843
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

About the Author

Alan Warner

Alan Warner is the author of eight novels: Morvern Callar, These Demented Lands, The Sopranos, The Man Who Walks, The Worms Can Carry Me to Heaven, The Stars in the Bright Sky, which was longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize, The Deadman's Pedal and Their Lips Talk of Mischief. He is Writer in Residence at Edinburgh University.

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Praise for These Demented Lands

“A moving evocation of post- apocalyptic rave culture in the West Highlands of contemporary Scotland”

Independent on Sunday

“An ambitious and imaginative novel with passages of striking lyricism”

Sunday Times


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