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The Wasp Factory

(1984)
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Frank, no ordinary sixteen-year-old, lives with his father outsIde a remote Scottish village. Their life is, to say the least, unconventional. Frank's mother abandoned them years ago: his elder brother Eric is confined to a psychiatric hospital; and his father measures out his eccentricities on an imperial scale. Frank has turned to strange acts of violence to vent his frustrations. In the bizarre daily rituals there is some solace. But when news comes of Eric's escape from the hospital Frank has to prepare the ground for his brother's inevitable return - an event that explodes the mysteries of the past and changes Frank utterly. Iain Banks' celebrated first novel is a work of extraordinary originality, imagination and horrifying compulsion: horrifying, because it enters a mind whose realities are not our own, whose values of life and death are alien to our society; and compulsive, because the humour and compassion of that mind reach out to us all.

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July 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Wasp Factory
Author(s): Iain Banks
ISBN: 0-316-85856-0 / 978-0-316-85856-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
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April 2000 : UK Hardback

Title: Wasp Factory CD
Author(s): Iain Banks
ISBN: 0-00-105750-2 / 978-0-00-105750-0 (UK edition)
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April 1993 : UK Hardback

Title: The Wasp Factory
Author(s): Iain Banks
ISBN: 0-349-10535-9 / 978-0-349-10535-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown
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August 1984 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Wasp Factory
Author(s): Iain Banks
ISBN: 0-395-36296-2 / 978-0-395-36296-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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February 1984 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Wasp Factory
Author(s): Iain Banks
ISBN: 0-333-36380-9 / 978-0-333-36380-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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Paperback Editions

2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Wasp Factory (Large Print Edition)
Author(s): Iain Banks
ISBN: 1-4712-5072-5 / 978-1-4712-5072-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: W F Howes Ltd
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2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Wasp Factory
Author(s): Iain Banks
ISBN: 0-349-13918-0 / 978-0-349-13918-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Abacus
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April 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Wasp Factory (Abacus 40th Anniversary)
Author(s): Iain Banks
ISBN: 0-349-13890-7 / 978-0-349-13890-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Abacus
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April 1992 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Wasp Factory
Author(s): Iain Banks
ISBN: 0-349-10177-9 / 978-0-349-10177-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Abacus
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September 1998 : USA Paperback
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Title: The WASP FACTORY: A NOVEL
Author(s): Iain Banks
ISBN: 0-684-85315-9 / 978-0-684-85315-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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September 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Wasp Factory (Cult Listening)
Author(s): Iain Banks
ISBN: 1-85849-644-6 / 978-1-85849-644-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Argo
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February 1990 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Wasp Factory
Author(s): Iain Banks
ISBN: 0-7088-3761-1 / 978-0-7088-3761-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Time Warner Paperbacks
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March 1986 : USA Paperback
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Title: Wasp Factory
Author(s): Iain Banks
ISBN: 0-446-34087-1 / 978-0-446-34087-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grand Central Pub
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April 1985 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Wasp Factory
Author(s): Iain Banks
ISBN: 0-7088-2536-2 / 978-0-7088-2536-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Futura Publications
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Audio Editions

March 2008 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Wasp Factory
Author(s): Iain Banks
ISBN: 1-4055-0355-6 / 978-1-4055-0355-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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March 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Wasp Factory
Author(s): Iain Banks
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
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March 2008 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Wasp Factory
Author(s): Iain Banks
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
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2007 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: THE WASP FACTORY AUDIO BOOK
Author(s): IAIN BANKS
ISBN: 1-4074-0848-8 / 978-1-4074-0848-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: CLIPPER AUDIO
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March 2001 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Wasp Factory
Author(s): Iain Banks
ISBN: 0-00-711609-8 / 978-0-00-711609-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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September 1998 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Wasp Factory (Cult Listening)
Author(s): Iain Banks
ISBN: 1-85849-639-X / 978-1-85849-639-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Argo
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Kindle Editions

July 2013 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Wasp Factory: A Novel
Author(s): Iain Banks
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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September 2008 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Wasp Factory
Author(s): Iain Banks
Publisher: Abacus
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September 2008 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Wasp Factory
Author(s): Iain Banks
Publisher: Abacus
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