Raw Spirit: In Search of the Perfect Dram Iain Banks



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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

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