Night Waves | The Wasp Factory

Based on The Wasp Factory  by Iain Banks

On the sixteenth of February 1984 a first book by an unknown writer hit the bookshelves. The story of murder and mayhem told by sixteen year old Frank Cauldhame was called The Wasp Factory and it was met with a mixture of admiration and disgust. Thirteen years later The Wasp Factory was included in a list of one of the top one hundred books of the twentieth century. The writer Val McDermid talks to Philip Dodd about this remarkable book and its impact, and her friend and fellow writer Iain Banks.


Licence: ERA Licence required

  • Type: Analysis
  • Channel: BBC Radio 4
  • Duration: 44'51''
  • Broadcast date: 2013

UK only
Staff and students of licensed education establishments only
Cannot be adapted

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