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

 

One of my favourite authors announces a ‘cancer blog’

Since discovering The Crow Road, I have been a fan of the fantastic Scottish author Iain Banks, so it deeply saddens me that his next novel will be his last, and that his last writings will be on a website he has set up to keep his fans updated with his battle against cancer.

It used to be that you needed a newspaper column or book deal to log your journey through illness outside your social circle or the pages of your own diary. But the announcement by Iain Banks that he

English: Iain Banks, author, at the Edinburgh ...
English: Iain Banks, author, at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

has months to live after being diagnosed with cancer shows the extent to which audiences have grown for those to whom sharing can be a form of treatment.

The writer said he was setting up a website at which friends, family and fans could follow his progress. It’s not clear how detailed posts at iain-banks.net will be, but its key feature is its very ordinariness. Social media and blogs have made potential publishers of us all, with immediate audiences.

via Iain Banks and finding the right words after cancer diagnosis – News – Books – The Independent.