Iain Banks

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Iain Banks (born on 16 February 1954 in Dunfermline, Fife) is a Scottish writer. He writes mainstream fiction under Iain Banks, and science fiction as Iain M. Banks, including the initial of his adopted middle name Menzies. In 2008, The Times named Banks in their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".[1]


Early life and education

Banks's father was an officer in the Admiralty and his mother was a professional ice skater. Banks studied English, philosophy, and psychology at the University of Stirling.

Personal life

After attending the University of Stirling, Banks moved to London and lived in the south of England until 1988 when he returned to Scotland, living in Edinburgh and then Fife.[2]

Banks met his wife Annie in London, before the release of his first book. They married in Hawaii in 1992.[3] It was announced in early 2007 that, after 15 years together, they had separated.[4] Annie died in 2009, two months after their divorce had become final.[5] Banks currently lives in North Queensferry, a town on the north side of the Firth of Forth, with the published author and founder of the Dead by Dawn film festival Adèle Hartley.[3] The two have been together since 2006, a few months after Banks and his wife formally separated.[5]

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