Iain Banks

Author of the mind-blowing debut novel, The Wasp Factory, and creator of the Culture series (as Iain M. Banks) - who sadly passed away in 2013.

16/02/1954 - 09/06/2013

Iain Banks biography and information

  • Scottish author Iain Banks, (or Iain M. Banks when writing Science Fiction), exploded on to the literary scene with his first novel, The Wasp Factory, published in 1984.

  • Also known by legions of Science Fiction fans for creating the Culture Cycle series, Iain Banks also made a huge impact with his own brand of literary Fiction.

  • In 2008, he was named one of the fifty greatest British writers since 1945 in a list compiled by The Times.

  • Banks was a member of a group of British politicians and media figures who campaigned to have Prime Minister, Tony Blair impeached after the invasion of Iraq in 2003. 

  • In 2013, he was diagnosed with late-stage gall bladder cancer.

  • He married his long-term girlfriend, Adele Hartley, shortly afterwards.

  • He sadly died, shortly after the announcement of his illness.

  • Fans and friends were able to leave their tributes on friends.banksophilia.com

Book and writing awards

British Science Fiction Association Award 1996 (Excession) and Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis for Foreign Novel 1991 (The Bridge)

Similar authors to Iain Banks

Ian McEwan, Irvine WelshAlasdair Gray and Will Self.

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Books by Iain Banks

The Wasp Factory
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The Crow Road
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Raw Spirit
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Espedair Street
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The Bridge
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Transition
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Complicity
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Canal Dreams
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Stonemouth
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The Quarry
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Dead Air
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Walking On Glass
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A Song Of Stone
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Whit
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Complicity
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The Crow Road
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The Business
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Remembering Iain Banks...

Posted on 10th Jun, 2013

Greg Eden mourns the passing of Iain Banks...