London, April 3 (IANS) “The Wasp Factory” fame Scottish writer Iain Banks has said he is suffering from terminal cancer and is “unlikely to live beyond a year”.
Banks, 59, was diagnosed with jaundice before the test results confirmed his terminal sickness. He shared the news on his official website, reports thesun.co.uk.
“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,” he posted.
Banks’ first novel “The Wasp Factory” was published in 1984. In 2008, The Times named him as one of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945.
A special website has been created for friends, family and fans to leave messages for him.