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Author Iain Banks has terminal cancer

Scottish author Iain Banks has late stage cancer and is unlikely to live for more than a year, he has confirmed.

Famous for his dark, macabre novels, such as The Wasp Factory, Banks, 59, also writes science fiction under the name Iain M Banks.

He announced the news in a statement on his website and confirmed that his next novel, The Quarry, will be his last.

David Sillito reports.