Scottish author Iain Banks says he has late stage cancer; has 'months to live'

Iain Banks, who rose to fame with The Wasp Factory, is also famous for science fiction, using the name Iain M Banks. Photo: Getty Images

Iain Banks' trademark black humour was to the fore as the much-loved Scottish author told the world he was "officially Very Poorly" and was expected to live for just "several months".

Thursday, 4 April, 2013, 2:49am

Li Chengpeng, the author who signs his books wearing a stab-proof vest

Li Chengpeng, whose book is a top seller. Photo: Imaginechina

Once a football commentator who drew a huge following in China as he rooted out corruption in the sport, Li Chengpeng is now one of the government's fiercest critics - and lives in fear for his own safety.

5 Mar 2013 - 4:17am

Benjamin Bunce

Benjamin Bunce by Matthew Harrison Sunshine Press

Benjamin Bunce is the latest book by Matthew Harrison, an author based in Hong Kong. Originally from Britain, Harrison came expecting to stay for two years but has been here for more than 20.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

A powerful fantasy world full of atmosphere and mystery

The Keepers' Daughter By Gill Arbuthnott Published by Chicken House ISBN 978 1 05294 94 7

Nyssa never feels sorry for herself. She knows she is lucky to be living the life she has, even though her days are filled with hard work and questions. Nyssa doesn't know who she is.

8 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

A shriek of recognition

I come from a long line of Punjabi women who take great pride in upholding their core values. You could say we are opinionated. This is prevalent in the DNA of my mother, my grandmother, my great aunts and myself. So it's no surprise that it's one of my daughter Ilya's most obvious traits.

8 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Time for relaxation, friends and family


March 21 - April 19

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

The Eyes Have It

The Eyes Have It Christopher Liu The Book Guild, Sussex

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen (read by Quindlen) Random House Audio (audiobook)

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

The Little Red Guard

The Little Red Guard by Huang Wenguang Riverhead Books

'At the age of nine, I slept next to a coffin that Father had made for Grandma's 73rd birthday. He forbade us from calling it a 'coffin' and insisted that we refer to it as 'shou mu', which means something like longevity wood.'

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

Bright spark for dim iPad users

Last year, one of my Facebook pals posted the 'news' that she had become so fed up with her pre-teen daughter's demands for an iPad that she had simply bought her one. Nice humble-brag, lady.

25 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Delete This at Your Peril

Delete This at Your Peril by Neil Forsyth AudioGo (audiobook)

22 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Everything Beautiful Began After

Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon Van Booy Beautiful Books

18 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

A touch of royalty at this year's Book Fair

A touch of royal glamour will grace this year's Hong Kong Book Fair as authors including Prince Charles' stepson and a royal history expert meet the public in a push to get more people reading in English.

27 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Sowing seeds of creativity

Much has been said and written about the importance of creativity in today's business world, but few books are able to make readers creative.

Not even the author of Creative Genius: An Innovation Guide for Business Leaders, Border Crossers and Game Changers could bring us closer to the goal. 'No book can promise to make you a 'creative genius',' he concedes.

4 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

BOOK (1951)

The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham Michael Joseph

Though more usually associated with beauty and Mother Nature's bounty, blooms and plant life become sinister and dangerous in this 20th-century sci-fi classic.

21 Nov 2010 - 12:00am