From the forums

14th June 2013 at 01:00

Readers respond to the author Iain Banks' death from cancer at the age of 59.

I have bought every one of his books since The Wasp Factory - most of them pretty much on publication. I even spoke to him about the relative merits of his two strings (mainstream fiction and science fiction under the name Iain M. Banks). I shall miss each and every book he doesn't write.

lurk_much

Sad news. I loved The Wasp Factory and made my sixth-formers read it. (Evil face!)

Kinsa

Oh no! That's terrible news. I love The Wasp Factory, Espedair Street and The Crow Road: three of my all-time favourite reads. I saw him once at a football match - (Manchester) City v Arsenal, I think he's a Gooner - and he seemed very pleasant and down to earth. A great loss.

vannie

I've read most of his books. About 20 years ago I saw The Wasp Factory on stage at the Citizens Theatre (in Glasgow). Brilliant but odd (trapeze artists et al).

seren_dipity

I saw him talk a couple of times - warm, witty and self-deprecating. Also a bit geeky, but in a way that frees us all to revel in that side of ourselves.

triangleOPQ

I did not read his science fiction but love all his other books. My favourite is The Crow Road. I may need to revisit them and maybe even try the sci-fiwork.

PlymouthMaid

"It was the day my grandmother exploded." One of the best opening sentences of a novel. Ever. I will miss Iain and Iain M. I probably enjoyed his non-science fiction books more. The eccentric characters he created are so skilfully described.

Henriettawasp

He was my son's favourite author. I'm so sorry he has passed - and so soon (two months I think) after the original notice of his illness.

marlin

His mainstream stuff is a bit mainstream. The science fiction is where he shines (in my opinion).

lurk_much

www.tesconnect.comiainbanks

Join the debate at www.tesconnect.comforums.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now