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Final Iain Banks novel The Quarry available today

quarry-iain-banksOnly 11 days after his passing, Iain Banks’ final novel, The Quarry, has been made available to his fans.  The book details the thoughts and emotions of a son watching his father suffer through the effects of terminal cancer.

There’s an eerie coincidence: Banks was unaware of his own impending cancer diagnosis when he began crafting the novel. In an interview Banks conducted with the Scottish Herald, he said, “I had no inkling. So it wasn’t as though this is a response to the disease or anything, the book had been kind of ready to go.  And then 10,000 words from the end, as it turned out, I suddenly discovered that I had cancer.”

The novel was not originally scheduled to be published quite this quickly, but Banks urged his publisher to bring forward the release date after he told his fans of his terminal illness.

So for Iain Banks fans, it’s a bittersweet day.  The world lost a remarkable author, but if there is a bright side it is that he left us with one final gift.

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