Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

From the Forums: Opinion

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

From the Forums: Opinion

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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. …

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