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Iain Banks

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


Transition by Iain Banks Little, Brown HK$104

12 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

BOOK (1984)

The Wasp Factory

Iain Banks

(Little Brown)

12 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Sting in the tale

Iain Banks is not your traditional literary figure. A doyen of the left wing who once tore up his passport as a protest against the Iraq war, he writes mainstream novels - often with a 'shock' quality - as well as cult science fiction under the name Iain M. Banks, centred on his creation The Culture. And he shifts prodigious numbers of both.

28 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

The Steep Approach to Garbadale

The Steep Approach to Garbadale

by Iain Banks

Little, Brown, HK$132

6 Apr 2008 - 12:00am



by Iain M. Banks

Orbit, HK$231

Iain Banks is, quite simply, a prodigy. Forget J.K. Rowling for a moment. The Fife-based writer has been wowing the literary world since his first novel, 1984's The Wasp Factory, stunned audiences with its shocking tale of a young girl-turned-murderer on a lonely Scottish island.

2 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Mind the Steep

It's dangerous to judge a writer's personality by his books. Take Scottish author Iain Banks.

3 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Raw Spirit

Raw Spirit

by Iain Banks

Arrow $116

29 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

As easy as ABC for Banks

Do not whinge to Iain Banks about the tough, tortured life of a writer toiling away in a lonely garret. The top-selling Scottish novelist, aka Iain M Banks, creator of the futuristic utopia the Culture and other science fiction scenarios, has little sympathy. 'I'm fed up with writers who make it sound hard.

31 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Puzzles scientifically posed in fantasy

Science fiction is often considered a poor relation to mainstream literature. Once belittled because of its popular appeal and the cheapness of the form in which it was primarily published, the pulp magazines of the 1930s and 1940s, it has thankfully grown in concert with the tremendous growth of science this century.

4 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

Scottish character building

THE CROW ROAD By Iain Banks (Abacus, $119) IAIN Banks' first novel The Wasp Factory was widely-acclaimed by critics as a stunning debut. Since then each new novel has been greeted with acclaim and he is now regarded as being at the forefront of Scottish literature.

24 Jul 1993 - 12:00am