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Stonemouth was a new novel written by Iain Banks which was read as part of the BBC Radio Four Book at Bedtime series. 

Read by David Tennant in ten parts, each lasting fifteen minutes. 

The first installment of the book was broadcast on Monday, March 19, 2012 and then each day the rest of that week at 10:45 pm. The final five parts were transmitted from Monday, March 26th - 30th. Each reading had an average runtime of 13:30.

The broadcast was an advance reading of the book which was not released for publication until April 1, 2012.  The story was abridged for radio by Peter Mackay.

The producer of the series was David Roper and it was A Heavy Entertainment production.

David Roper is the director of the production company Heavy Entertainment,  which has a long history of producing both Book of the Week and Book at Bedtime. 

They are also the largest independent producer of audiobooks in the UK.  They produced the BBC Doctor Who audiobook The Last Voyage which was read by David.

Synopsis: "Stewart Gilmour is back in Stonemouth. After five years in exile his presence is required at the funeral of patriarch Joe Murston, and even though the last time Stu saw the Murstons he was running for his life, staying away might be even more dangerous than turning up.  

Stu uncovers ever darker stories, and his homecoming takes a more lethal turn than even he had anticipated. Tough, funny, fast-paced and touching, Stonemouth cracks open adolescence, love, brotherhood and vengeance in a rite of passage novel like no other." -


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