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Banks' publisher: 'Irreplaceable part of literary world'

Iain Banks, who died today aged 59. Credit: Ray Charles Redman

Tributes have been paid to best-selling author Iain Banks who has died aged 59. A statement from his publisher Little, Brown said: "Banks has been one of the country's best loved novelists for both his mainstream and science fiction books since the publication of his first novel, The Wasp Factory.

"Iain Banks' ability to combine the most fertile of imaginations with his own highly distinctive brand of gothic humour made him unique. He is an irreplaceable part of the literary world."

Literary world take to Twitter to pay tribute to Banks

Authors Irvine Welsh, John O' Farrell and Mark Billingham have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to fellow writer Iain Banks, who died today following a battle with cancer:

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Feel so sad to hear about Iain Banks. It's early here, but I'm off out to the pub to toast one of my all time literary heroes with a malt.

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So sad to hear of death of brilliant and charming Iain Banks. The Wasp Factory was the first book I finished and then immediately read again

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Knowing it was coming does not make it any less terrible. RIP the unique and irreplaceable Iain Banks.

Friends and family bid Iain Banks a 'fond farewell'

Scottish author Iain Banks has died following a battle with gall bladder cancer, his family are reported to have said. In a post on the website Banksophilia, the author's friend Martin quoted wife Adele:

“Iain died in the early hours this morning. His death was calm and without pain.”

Please leave messages here, he absolutely loved them. For now, a fond farewell to our friend.

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Billy Elliot star pays tribute to author Iain Banks

The star of hit British film Billy Elliot has said author Iain Banks' novel had a "life-long" effect on him, after the writer died today following a battle with cancer.

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RIP Iain Banks. Will never forget the first time I curiously picked up "The Wasp Factory" nor it's life long effect it's had on me.

Author Iain Banks 'brought modern energy' to writing

Iain Banks is one of the greatest writers Scotland has produced, and one who was influential in the 20th and into the 21st Century.

I think he is one of the most modern Scottish writers. He brought this modern energy. I think when we talk about esteemed writers we think of the past and we think of classical themes. But Iain always brought a great modernity to it - a great love of technology.

Him straddling science fiction and mainstream fiction made perfect sense because he brought such an enthusiasm for technology and a look to the future into all his fiction.

– Christopher Brookmyre, Novelist

The titles that made Iain Banks a famous author

  • Author Iain Banks released his first novel The Wasp Factory in 1984
  • A poll conducted in 1997 looking at the 20th Century's top 100 books placed Banks' debut novel in 32nd place above Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men
  • The Scottish writer is also famous for his books The Crow Road (1992) - which was later adapted for television - Complicity (1993) and the Culture series - a series of short fiction novels

Scottish author Iain Banks dies following cancer battle

The Scottish author Iain Banks has died following a battle with cancer.

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Iain Banks Credit: Press Association

The 59-year-old writer was diagnosed with the disease this year. In April 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."

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