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09/06/13 17:21

First Minister pays tribute to Iain Banks

Commenting on the news that author Iain Banks has lost his battle with cancer First Minister Alex Salmond said

“Iain Banks illness came as a great shock to many and I am deeply saddened by the news of his death.

“Iain was an incredibly talented writer whose work, across all genres, has brought pleasure to readers for over 30 years.

“I had the privilege to interview Iain at the Edinburgh International Book Festival two years ago where we concentrated on the science fiction works which mattered deeply to him. However it is his range as a novelist that characterises him, and marks him out as one of Scotland’s greatest literary talents.

“Iain won many admirers with the humour and forbearance he showed in dealing with his illness. I have been in correspondence with him in the last few weeks and can testify to the extraordinary vitality with which he continued to approach life. His determination not just to complete his final novel but also to reflect his illness in the pages of his work, will make that work all the more poignant and all the more significant.

“My thoughts and condolences are with Adele, his friends and family.”