Former Faversham author reveals he has months to live
Former Faversham author Iain Banks has
revealed he has just months to live.
The bestselling novelist (left) is well known for his first
book, The Wasp Factory, which he wrote commuting to and from the
He announced he has gall bladder cancer, is ‘unlikely’ to
survive longer than a year.
The 59-year-old lived in St John's Road and wrote his first book
on the train between Faversham and London.
In a statement to fans on his website the author announced he
was suffering from the late stages of gall bladder cancer.
He said he had gone to his GP in February after suffering from a
sore back. After a CT scan it was revealed a cancer, which started
in his gall bladder, had spread to his liver and pancreas.
He said: "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
The author built up a huge following with books including The
Wasp Factory, The Crow Road Complicity and the Culture series.
In 2008, he was named one of the 50 greatest British writers
since 1945 in a list compiled by The Times.
But he said his latest novel, The Quarry, is to be his final
work adding: “I've asked my partner Adele if she will do me the
honour of becoming my widow.
"We intend to spend however much quality time I have left seeing
friends and relations and visiting places that have meant a lot to
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