Iain Banks was born in Fife in 1954 and was educated at Stirling University, where he studied English Literature, Philosophy and Psychology. He came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, The Wasp Factory, in 1984. His first science fiction novel, Consider Phlebas, was published in 1987. He continued to write both mainstream fiction and science fiction. Banks was acclaimed as one of the most powerful, innovative and exciting writers of his generation. The Wasp Factory tells the story of 16-year-old Frank Cauldhame. He lives on an island off the coast of Scotland with his father, Angus. Frank has no official status. He has no birth certificate and no national insurance card. Frank has many secrets of his own. He routinely kills and mutilates small animals and uses them in his bizarre rituals. Located on the third-floor loft of their home is what Frank has dubbed The Wasp Factory. His arthritic father is unable to climb the stairs leading to the loft so he does not know that it exists. Frank designed and constructed the factory, made from a large salvaged city clock and other items. The device is enclosed in glass and aligned with each number of the clock face is a corridor. A live wasp is placed inside the device. It is not large enough for the wasp to fly so in an effort to get out, he walks down one of the corridors seeking a way out… Listen online to free English audiobook "The Wasp Factory” on our website to experience Iain Banks’s novel.