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A little knowledge can be a very dangerous thing...Innocent in the ways of the world, an ingenue when it comes to pop and fashion, the Elect of God of a small but committed Stirlingshire religious cult: Isis Whit is no ordinary teenager. When her cousin Morag - Guest of Honour at the Luskentyrian's four-yearly Festival of Love - disappears after renouncing her faith, Isis is marked out to venture among the Unsaved and bring the apostate back into the fold. But the road to Babylondon (as Sister Angela puts it) is a treacherous one, particularly when Isis discovers that Morag appears to have embraced the ways of the Unsaved with spectacular abandon...Truth and falsehood; kinship and betrayal; 'herbal' cigarettes and compact discs - Whit is an exploration of the techno-ridden barrenness of modern Britain from a unique perspective.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 126 x 194 x 32mm | 358.34g
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Abacus
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0349107688
  • 9780349107684
  • 107,146

About Iain Banks

Iain Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, THE WASP FACTORY, in 1984. He has since gained widespread popular and critical acclaim with further works of fiction and, as Iain M Banks, science fiction.show more

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Fierce contemporaneity, an acrobatic imagination, social comment, sardonic wit...the peculiar sub-culture of cult religion is a natural for Banks, and Luskentyrianism is a fine creation THE TIMES One of the most relentlessly voyaging imaginations around SCOTSMAN Entertaining...comically inspired GUARDIAN Banks's remarkable juggling act, alternating his mainstream novels with his widly imaginative science fiction fantasies, is notable most of all for the continuting growth and assurance he displays in any genre... [WHIT is a] delicious satire on both the re PUBLISHING NEWSshow more

Review Text

Iain Banks returns to the subject of the abnormal teenager with this tale of Isis Whit, who is something of a slouch when it comes to pop and fashion but rejoices in her status as Elect of God of the Luskentyrian Sect, a small but determined religious cult based in Scotland. A crisis in the Sect on the eve of its Festival of Love - during which members indulge their carnal appetites with abandon - sends Isis on a mission through the spiritual wastelands of ninetees Britain. Banks has been called 'a Nineties' Robert Louis Stevenson' and Whit is further proof of his ability to tell a rollicking story while engaging with the injustices and moral dilemmas of our times. (Kirkus UK)show more

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5,673 ratings
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4 42% (2,399)
3 29% (1,619)
2 6% (333)
1 1% (58)
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