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Iain Banks leaves more than £3.5 million

Scottish author Iain Banks left more than £3.5 million in his will, it was reported this week. Banks died from gall bladder cancer in June last year aged 59.

Papers from the Glasgow Sheriff Court show that Banks’ estate was worth £3,640,011 including £2.1 million in royalties. His assets also included an archive of his manuscripts, apparently worth £300,000, a boat, a Mini Cooper and a BMW M5, which is a very fast car indeed.

Banks’ writing career began with The Wasp Factory in 1984. In all, he wrote 29 books.

His last interview is a very good read. His final novel, The Quarry, is about a man dying of cancer – a book he started to write before he discovered that he himself was suffering from cancer.

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