Scottish author Iain Banks recently informed readers that he has been diagnosed with gall bladder cancer and has only months to live.
The well-loved fiction and sci-fi author, who wrote The Wasp Factory and Consider Phlebas, issued an official statement on his website, which explained that the gall bladder cancer had spread and effectively ruled out any opportunity for surgery:
“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.
As a result, I’ve withdrawn from all planned public engagements and I’ve asked my partner Adele if she will do me the honour of becoming my widow (sorry – but we find ghoulish humour helps).”
Banks, who has not yet decided if he will undergo chemotherapy to extend his life, also informed his fans that his publishers are working diligently to move up the publication date of The Quarry so that he will be around when it hits shelves. In the meantime, a website will be up and running soon where readers can keep track of his progress. Read Banks’ full statement here.