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article imageScottish author Iain Banks has terminal cancer

By Amanda Payne     Apr 3, 2013 in Entertainment
North Queensferry - The popular author, known for books such as 'The Wasp Factory' and 'The Crow Road' announced on his official website today April 3 that he is suffering from terminal cancer and has less than a year to live.
The 59-year-old writer discovered he had cancer after visiting his doctor with a painful back in January of this year. Further tests revealed that he has cancer of the gall bladder which has spread to other organs. Quoted by the BBC, he said: "The bottom line now, I'm afraid, is that as a late-stage gall bladder cancer patient, I'm expected to live for 'several months' and it's extremely unlikely I'll live beyond a year.So it looks like my latest novel, The Quarry, will be my last."
He married his partner, Adele, over the weekend and has now gone on honeymoon. The Scotsman newspaper reports that he and his new wife will spend the time he has remaining visiting friends and family and revisiting parts of Scotland that have been important to him over the years.
His official website is currently offline but his statement in full was published by the STV television channel on its website.
Iain Banks was named amongst the 50 greatest living British writers by The Times in 2008. As well as general fiction, he writes science fiction novels using the name Iain M. Banks for which he has won several British Science Fiction Awards.'The Crow Road' was made into a four part television mini-series in 1996.
He was born on February 16, 1954 in Dunfermiline in Scotland. His father was an officer in the admiralty and his mother a professional ice skater. Banks attended Stirling University where he studied psychology, English and philosophy. He currently lives in North Queensferry, Fife.
His first novel, 'The Wasp Factory' was published in 1984 and received mixed reviews due to its violent content. By 1997, a poll of more than 25,000 readers said it was one of the top books of the 20th Century.
He has completed his latest novel, 'The Quarry' and his publishers are now looking to bring forward the date of publication so that it may be published whilst he is still alive.
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