The novelist Iain Banks has left the literary world in shock after revealing he is suffering from terminal cancer and may have just months to live.
The Scottish writer, whose books include 'The Wasp Factory' and 'The Crow Road', announced the news of his late-stage cancer of the gall bladder in a moving statement tinged with black humour. It began: "I am officially Very Poorly".
'The Quarry', which has been delivered to the publisher and is being fast-tracked for publication, looks like it "will be my last" book, he said.
The writer (59) built up a huge following producing mainstream fiction as Iain Banks, as well as science fiction under the pseudonym Iain M Banks.
In January, Banks thought a sore back was due to time spent "crouched over a keyboard all day", yet a series of tests revealed the "grisly truth" that he had cancer last month. "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," he wrote.
Banks is on honeymoon after he asked partner Adele Hartley "if she will do me the honour of becoming my widow" adding "sorry but we find ghoulish humour helps".
(© Independent News Service)