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Espedair Street Daniel Weir Used To Be A Famous Not To Say Infamous Rock Star Maybe Still Is At Thirty One He Has Been Both A Brilliant Failure And A Dull Success He S Made A Lot Of Mistakes That Have Paid Off And A Lot Of Smart Moves He Ll Regret Forever However Long That Turns Out To Be Daniel Weir Has Gone From Rags To Riches And Back, And Managed To Hold Onto Them Both, Though Not Much Else His Friends All Seem To Be Dead, Fed Up With Him Or Just Disgusted And Who Can Blame Them And Now Daniel Weir Is All Alone As He Contemplates His Life, Daniel Realises He Only Has Two Problems The Past And The Future He Knows How Bad The Past Has Been But The Future Well, The Future Is Something Else Iain Banks is simply my favourite Scottish author From the first novel to the last I loved his books His death in June of this year was a tragic loss to Scottish writing but he left a wonderful legacy So I can t envisage my country in books without an Iain Banks novel I picked Espedair Street for three reasons firstly Daniel Weir the main character is the most fantastic of anti heroes, secondly it s a brilliant tale of sex, drugs, rock and roll so what s not to love about it and thirdly I Iain Banks is simply my favourite Scottish author From the first novel to the last I loved his books His death in June of this year was a tragic loss to Scottish writing but he left a wonderful legacy So I can t envisage my country in books without an Iain Banks novel I picked Espedair Street for three reasons firstly Daniel Weir the main character is the most fantastic of anti heroes, secondly it s a brilliant tale of sex, drugs, rock and roll so what s not to love about it and thirdly I used to live near Espedair Street in Paisley We have a word in Glasgow for something that s wonderous in every way we call it gallus However, being Glaswegians, we can add to that to make it EVEN MORE wonderous in every way because in the way the rest of the world uses very , in Glasgow we use f in Iain Banks and all his books, but especially Espedair Street, are f in gallus I chose Iain Banks Espedair Street as one of ten books that represent my country, Scotland If you are interested in reading about the others you can find them here at I ve always been impressed by Iain M Banks range Whether he s writing about an hermaphroditic serial killer and his her mechanical wasp oracle, a man in a coma living a second life on a vast hyperreal bridge of the mind, a bored gamer compelled by artificial intelligences to play the ultimate game on a distant planet, or a brilliant woman whose place in an omnipotent corporation takes her to a kingdom in the Himalayas, Banks always maintains his artistry and deliberate social relevance witho I ve always been impressed by Iain M Banks range Whether he s writing about an hermaphroditic serial killer and his her mechanical wasp oracle, a man in a coma living a second life on a vast hyperreal bridge of the mind, a bored gamer compelled by artificial intelligences to play the ultimate game on a distant planet, or a brilliant woman whose place in an omnipotent corporation takes her to a kingdom in the Himalayas, Banks always maintains his artistry and deliberate social relevance without compromising entertainment Despite Banks excellence, however, his books tend to be too edgy for mainstream audiences My biggest challenge has been finding the right work to pass on to my friends, to ease them into the mind of Banks, to prepare them for hischallenging works and the intellectual challenges that often lie in wait That novel is Espedair Street It isn t just close to mainstream, it is mainstream It tells the story of Daniel Weir, ex bass player and musical genius behind the 70s supergroup Frozen Gold Daniel, also known as Weird, is a bit depressed when the novel opens, depressed enough to consider suicide, and he relates his life story to us so that we understand why he s feeling down but decided to hang around He talks about missed opportunities, wild successes, the deaths of people he loved which were marginally his fault , the people he let slip away, the talent he leaves fallow, sex, drugs and even some Rock and Roll And when Weird s told us everything he needs to tell us, after he s made us love him without pity, he goes off and finds happiness Yep, Iain Banks wrote a happy ending He wrote a book that was made for the screen and the fact that it hasn t been adapted is criminal He wrote a book whose primary purpose seems to be escape, although it still retains elements of Banks conscience and politics He wrote a book that even the most genre phobic reader would be thrilled to read And it is proof positive that there is nothing that Iain Banks can t write What wouldn t I give for a gram of his range Aside over the course of Espedair Street I couldn t get this thought out of my head Banks Weird tale is a Nick Horby novel without the smug cheek and slacker superiority I wonder how Hornby fans would like Espedair Street I m betting they would like it very much First of all, this is NOT a book by Iain M Banks it s by Iain Banks in other words, it s fiction, not science fiction Second, why he s so difficult to find in the US I ll never know Every book I ve read is just good, solid fiction writing, equal to Julian Barnes, Robertson Davies and many other top echelon writers.Espedair Street is a real street, but it barely figures in this tale of Wierd, the stage name for one Daniel Weir in school he was Weir, D get it He s the lyricist and First of all, this is NOT a book by Iain M Banks it s by Iain Banks in other words, it s fiction, not science fiction Second, why he s so difficult to find in the US I ll never know Every book I ve read is just good, solid fiction writing, equal to Julian Barnes, Robertson Davies and many other top echelon writers.Espedair Street is a real street, but it barely figures in this tale of Wierd, the stage name for one Daniel Weir in school he was Weir, D get it He s the lyricist and bassist for Frozen Gold, a hugely successful rock band in the 70s 80s until their lead guitarist dies Told partly in flashbacks of his days with FG and partly in his present guise as Jimmy Hay, caretaker of St Jute s, the folly that Weird bought, drinking his way through life and occasionally creating a jingle or a movie score His current friends don t know who he is, or that he s stinking rich his former friends fans think he s dead or perhaps living in the Caymans It all comes abruptly to an end when he realizes that his brilliant ideas have killed inadvertently two of his bandmates So, what was that about a future The characters feel real even though you know this is fiction, you could plausibly meet someone just like them The writing is crisp, not the bloated stories that often appear today because somehow bigger better.Seriously, if you don t know Banks non scifi work, find one of his works of fiction and read it, now They re supposedly just friends But now they re lying naked on the beach together, looking up at the stars with no one else in sight, and he s trying to find a tactful way to explain how he feels about her This kind of thing seems to happenfrequently to rock stars than it does to me Luckily, she s a practical girl with good night vision Are you pointing at anything in particular she asks.

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