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Iain Banks: 'I was surprised by the reaction'

In an interview filmed shortly before his death, Scottish author Iain Banks tells Kirsty Wark that he was "astounded" by the level of reaction to his announcement that he had late stage cancer.

He said: "I'm getting all this admiration now rather than people standing around talking about me when I'm dead.

"It's been great to appreciate that now while I'm still alive."

Iain Banks: Raw Spirit will be broadcast on BBC2 Scotland on Wednesday 12 June at 21:00, and for a week afterwards on the BBC iPlayer.

  • 10 Jun 2013