|Iain Banks in Edinburgh, 2007. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod for the Guardian|
My hero: Iain Banks by Ian Rankin
y fellow writer and occasional drinking companion Iain Menzies Banks died on 9 June 2013. When his cancer was diagnosed in the February of that year he emailed friends to share the news. The email was typical Iain – not at all downbeat or maudlin; almost jaunty, in fact.