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Author Iain Banks admits he only 'has months to live'

Author Iain Banks pictured at the British Book Awards in 2004.
Author Iain Banks pictured at the British Book Awards in 2004. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Acclaimed author Iain Banks has revealed that he has only months to live after suffering from terminal cancer.

The 59-year-old writer posted a personal statement on his website today and admitted the novel he is currently working on, The Quarry, would likely be his last.

He wrote: "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."

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