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Iain Banks leaves more than £3.5m in his will

SCOTTISH author Iain Banks has left more than £3.5million in his will, it can be revealed.

Banks, from Dunfermline, announced in April last year he had gall bladder cancer and was unlikely to live for more than a year.

He passed away in June last year aged 59, leaving behind wife and fellow-author Adele Hartley who he married only months before he tragically died.

Papers from Glasgow Sheriff Court show that Banks' estate is worth £3,640,011 including his £480,000 house in North Queensferry, Inverkeithing and £2,100,000 of royalties.

His assets also include an archive of his manuscripts worth £300,000 and an £18,000 BMW M5 saloon.

A number of bank accounts in England totalling £701,447 are also included in his estate.

His will requested that after funeral expenses are paid, a total of £14,000 is paid to various named people.

Banks also left his Orkney 5/20 boat and Mini Cooper car worth £10,000 to a Leslie McFarlane from Glenfinnan, near Fort William.

He directed the rest of his estate is to be left to his wife.

Banks' first novel - The Wasp Factory - was published in 1984 and ranked as one of the best 100 books of the 20th Century in poll by book chain Waterstones and Channel 4.

In 2008 he was named one of the 50 greatest British writers by The Times.

The writer also penned sci-fi titles under the name Iain M Banks including The Hydrogen Sonata in 2012.

Prior to his death, he had asked his publishers to bring forward the date of his last novel - The Quarry - so he could see it on sale.

The book detailed the physical and emotional strain of a man in his late 40s having terminal cancer.

But, Banks - in an interview with the BBC's Kirsty Wark - revealed he had already started the novel before learning he had the illness.

He said: "I had no inkling - so it wasn't as though this is a response to the disease or anything. The book had been kind of ready to go.

"Then 10,000 words from the end - as it turned out - I suddenly discovered that I had cancer."

On fans website Banksophilia, the author told at the time how "knocked out by the love and the depth of feeling" from well wishers as he struggled with the disease.

Scores of fellow writers paid tribute following his death.

Rebus author Iain Rankin said Banks was "fascinating, curious and full of life".

Rankin added: "He didn't take things too seriously and in a way I'm happy that he refused to take death too seriously.

"He could still joke about it. I think we all thought he would have a bit longer than he got.

"What made him a great writer was that he was childlike - he had a curiosity about the world. "He treated the cancer with a certain amount of levity, the same that made him a great writer."

Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh tweeted "RIP Iain Banks. One of the finest writers and greatest imaginations ever."

Sci-fi writer John-Paul Cleary said: "Tragic news about Iain Banks, my hero and inspiration, a writer of incredible creativity and wit."

First Minister Alex Salmond also paid tribute adding Banks "brought pleasure to readers for over 30 years."

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