Sad loss to the literary world as Iain Banks dies of cancer.

Ian M. Banks at Worldcon 2005 in Glasgow, Augu...
Ian M. Banks at Worldcon 2005 in Glasgow, August 2005. Picture taken by Szymon Sokół. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the first posts I made on this blog was about Iain Banks starting a ‘cancer blog’ a couple of months back. I was saddened at the time to hear that the author that gave us such wonderful literary works as The Crow Road and The Wasp Factory was soon to be relegated to annals of literary history. Today I am even more saddened to read that just two months after starting his cancer blog, Iain Banks has died.

From the BBC News website:

Author Iain Banks has died aged 59, two months after announcing he had terminal cancer, his family has said.

Banks, who was born in Dunfermline, Fife, revealed in April he had gall bladder cancer and was unlikely to live for more than a year.

He was best known for his novels The Wasp Factory, The Crow Road and Complicity.

In a statement, his publisher said he was “an irreplaceable part of the literary world”.

A message posted on Banksophilia, a website set up to provide fans with updates on the author, quoted his wife Adele saying: “Iain died in the early hours this morning. His death was calm and without pain.” Publisher Little, Brown Book Group said the author was “one of the country’s best-loved novelists” for both his mainstream and science fiction books.

Continue reading via the BBC News website



Author: 2Dubya

Like most people one day Wesley will die. Until then though, Wesley spends his days drinking coffee, watching the telly,trying to figure out politics and listening to BBC Radio... and on the days he is at work watching trains under the ground. Away from work he putters around in the kitchen, tends to his fish, watches films and occasionally reads a book, or works in his garden. Wesley is also a keen father to his two little princesses, and a slave to his wife.

2 thoughts on “Sad loss to the literary world as Iain Banks dies of cancer.”

  1. I’ve never been affected by the sudden loss of a celebrity before. Then again, I never regularly took one to bed before Mr Banks. I remain stunned, though that’s slowly giving way to a quiet sort of comfort that, at least, he got to read the thousands of messages sent to him expressing admiration, love and respect. Would that we could all get such an accounting before our end.

    Such outpouring continued after the news was announced: The Banksophilia website has been broken three times by the amount of traffic it’s been required to handle.

    Clearly, it’s not being run by a Mind.

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