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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