Less than two days after Iain Banks' passing, the literary world mourns the loss of his talent and spirit.
It’s been almost two days since the death of celebrated Scottish author Iain Banks and condolences are coming in from all across the literary world. Fellow writer and Scottsman Ian Rankin led the tributes on Twitter, with a toast to the late author. He later commented for BBC News: "Even the ones that didn't drink were putting a wee bottle of water or a soft drink in their pictures," he said.
"It was a lovely sort of communal thing to do to celebrate his life."
Van McDermid, another author and friend of Banks was among those to toast his life and work, "for all the hours of delight and provoked thought.”
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Tributes to James Herbert being paid by friends and fellow authors
James Herbert, the influential author of The Rats and countless other horror novels, passed away on Wednesday, March 20. Crime writer Ian Rankin is amongst those who have paid tribute to the late author, who died at the age of 69, at his home in Sussex.
Posting on his Twitter feed, Rankin said “Sad news about James Herbert – as a teen, I scared myself silly reading him. He led me to King, Barker, others. RIP ...”
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J.K. Rowling’s new book, The Casual Vacancy is performing very well in terms of sales, but it will always be compared to her multi-million selling Harry Potter franchise, The Guardian Reports.
A spokesman for Nielsen BookScan said: "Jk Rowling's UK sales to date are of a value in excess of £238m, making her by far the highest selling author in the UK since our records began.” Her first departure into adult literature has yielded great success, when compared books in the same category, but compared to Harry Potter sales, Rowling is nowhere near her peak. The Casual Vacancy topped the charts at a canter, with first week sales of 124,603. Just to give you some context: that’s 10x more than the book in the #2 spot, Bernard Cornwell's 1356, which sold 12,231. And now for a little more context: the seventh and final Potter book - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, sold more than 2.6m copies in its first week on sale in the UK, representing two-fifths of all book purchases that week. Whilst the sales have been kind, though, The Casual Vacancy reviews have been mixed, with the majority saying it could have been better.
Rowling’s name is so popular (and scary) in literary circles, that some rival publishers have pushed back launch timings for books expected to do well. Ian Rankin, for instance, has moved the release date of his latest work to November to avoid the inevitable Rowling-rush.