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
A very beguiling fusion of memoir, history and current affairs. * Glasgow Herald * It's an engaging piece of work, part love letter, part memoir. * Esquire * A very readable and hugely informative book, and Bank's gentle humour permeates the pages. * Time Out * Studded with bracing shots of pure insight and eloquence. And he's sound on the scotch as well. * Independent * 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 *
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