Jun 09 2013
Author Iain Banks has died aged 59, two months after announcing he had terminal cancer.
He was best known for his novels The Wasp Factory, The Crow Road and Complicity.
In a statement, his publisher said he was "an irreplaceable part of the literary world".
After announcing his illness in April, Banks asked his publishers to bring forward the release date of his latest novel, The Quarry, so he could see it on the shelves.
"Just three weeks ago he was presented with finished copies and enjoyed celebration parties with old friends and fans across the publishing world," Little, Brown said.
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