LONDON (AP) -- Scottish writer Iain Banks said Wednesday he has been diagnosed with late-stage gall bladder cancer and has just months to live.

Banks says it is "extremely unlikely" he will live more than a year and that his latest novel, "The Quarry," will likely be his last.

The 59-year-old said he is "weighing the pros and cons of chemotherapy to extend his life.

"As a result, I've withdrawn from all planned public engagements and I've asked my partner Adele if she will do me the honor of becoming my widow," Banks said in a statement posted on his publisher's website. "Sorry -- but we find ghoulish humor helps."

Banks published his first novel "The Wasp Factory" in 1984.

In 2008, he was named one of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945 in a list compiled by The Times of London.


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