Writer Lain Banks suffering from terminal cancer

Updated: Apr 03, 2013, 20:47 PM IST

London: ‘The Wasp Factory’ fame Scottish writer Iain Banks has said he is suffering from terminal cancer and is "unlikely to live beyond a year".

Banks, 59, was diagnosed with jaundice before the test results confirmed his terminal sickness. He shared the news on his official website, reports thesun.co.uk.

"The bottom line now, I`m afraid, is that as a late-stage gall bladder cancer patient, I`m expected to live for `several months` and it`s extremely unlikely I`ll live beyond a year. So it looks like my latest novel, `The Quarry`, will be my last," he posted.

Banks` first novel "The Wasp Factory" was published in 1984. In 2008, The Times named him as one of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945.

A special website has been created for friends, family and fans to leave messages for him.