View Full Version : Sad news re: Iain Banks

03-04-2013, 11:24:56


He said that the “grisly truth” was discovered at the start of March. In the statement he said: ”I have cancer. It started in my gall bladder, has infected both lobes of my liver and probably also my pancreas and some lymph nodes, plus one tumour is massed around a group of major blood vessels in the same volume, effectively ruling out any chance of surgery to remove the tumours either in the short or long term.

“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.

“As a result, I’ve withdrawn from all planned public engagements and I’ve asked my partner Adele if she will do me the honour of becoming my widow (sorry - but we find ghoulish humour helps). By the time this goes out we’ll be married and on a short honeymoon. We intend to spend however much quality time I have left seeing friends and relations and visiting places that have meant a lot to us. Meanwhile my heroic publishers are doing all they can to bring the publication date of my new novel forward by as much as four months, to give me a better chance of being around when it hits the shelves.”

03-04-2013, 12:04:06
So sad. The asking Adele to be his widow is quite amusing though. :)

03-04-2013, 12:07:14
Yeah, taken with typical Banks humour.

03-04-2013, 13:23:22
Saw this on BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-22015175

Was going to post. Really really sad...:(:(:(

03-04-2013, 13:27:05
Among the fans who commented on the news was @flashboy, who tweeted: "Horrible news about Iain Banks. Two of our best authors.":beer:

03-04-2013, 14:18:20

03-04-2013, 15:51:04
I wish him many drugs so his passing is as painless as possible. He will be missed :(

06-04-2013, 23:10:58
Yes, I read this too. Not good.
He has spread a lot of pleasure during his time with us.

07-04-2013, 18:14:32