Best-selling author Iain Banks has died from gall bladder cancer, just weeks after he revealed he was terminally ill and unlikely to live for more than a year.
The 59-year-old writer was best known for his cult novel The Wasp Factory.
Tom Barton reports:
Scottish actor Ewan McGregor has said he is "sad" to hear that best-selling author Iain Banks has died.
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."
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:
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:
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.
- 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
The Scottish author Iain Banks has died following a battle with cancer.
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."