Sad To See You Leaving 2013: Iain Banks

by Charlie_East_West on December 30, 2013

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Iain Banks was one of the finest writers of his generation. In the mid 1990′s he hit the literary jackpot – as his books received both popular appeal and critical praise. Books such as The Wasp Factory, The Crow Road and Complicity became bestsellers. When combined with his science fiction alter ego – Iain M Banks – he has written 26 novels, at a prodigious rate of almost one novel per year.

As well as being a brilliant writer, Banks was also a pretty impressive political activist. He described his politics as “left of centre“. He was a supporter of Scottish Independence and also the Secular and Humanist societies of Scotland. He was also an active critic of the Iraq invasion, and in 2010, Banks called for a cultural and educational boycott of Israel following the Gaza flotilla raid incident. In a letter to the Guardian newspaper, Banks stated that he had instructed his agent to turn down any further book translation deals with Israeli publishers.

He used his fame for the right reasons. When he died, a Twitter campaign was immediately created where a tweet was posted with a personal image of a Banks novel with a glass of whisky placed next to the book (Banks had a fondness for a good single malt). I have attached my own tribute photo.

Iain Banks 1954 – 2013. A great man. A great Fifer. RIP

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Geoff Elliott December 30, 2013 at 10:14 pm

I’m with you on this one Charlie, I’m a huge fan of Banks and have his last two novels sat on my shelf waiting to read. I just can’t face them yet.

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