Iain Banks: Walking on Glass

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  • Martyn Colebrook (University of Hull)

Although Walking on Glass was Iain Banks’ next published manuscript, following the publication and success of The Wasp Factory, he had already written a draft of his first science-fiction novel, Consider Phlebas. Walking on Glass can be seen as the first of Iain Banks’ novels to trespass on the different forms of conventional fiction and science-fiction. In an interview with David Howe of Starburst (Issue 151), Iain Banks commented that Walking on Glass “didn’t do exactly what it set out to do and I think you have failed to an extent if the reader can’t understand what you’re saying. I worry sometimes that people will read Walking on Glass and think in some way …

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Colebrook, Martyn. "Walking on Glass". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 January 2006
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