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.
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