Scottish author Iain Banks dies two months after revealing he had cancer
LONDON (AFP) - Scottish author Iain Banks, best known for his novels "The Wasp Factory" and "The Crow Road", has died aged 59, two months after revealing that he had terminal cancer, his publisher said Sunday.
Banks died less than a fortnight before the scheduled publication of his final book, "The Quarry", which focuses on the final weeks in the life of its cancer-ridden protagonist.
The writer was one of Britain's most prolific writers and unusual in his talent for both mainstream novels and science fiction, which he wrote under the name Iain M. Banks.
"On behalf of Iain's wife, Adele, it is with enormous sadness that Little, Brown announces the death of Iain Banks," said a statement released by his publisher.