Snapshot: Iain Banks, author

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Date of birth: 16.02.54

Occupation: Writer.

What school did you attend? North Queensferry and Gourock Primaries, Gourock and Greenock Highs.

What sort of pupil were you?

A happy one, mostly.

Were your school days the best days of your life?

No, but they were pretty good.

What was your first job?

Pier porter, Gourock pier.

What has been your most unusual job?

Non-destructive testing technician (trainee).

My biggest achievement so far has been...

Getting published!

My worst moment ever was… Horrible; let’s not depress everybody.

Three words that sum up my personality are...

(Ask my pals)

Favourite place in the world? Home. Or Venice.

Three places in Edinburgh I could not live without are... Omar Khayam, Number One and Viva Mexico.

Who is your best friend?

My partner, Adele.

Which TV show do you never miss? Ten O’Clock Live.

Name one item you not live without?

Nothing. I suppose I’d miss my glasses, though...

By what ethos do you live your life? Play Nicely With The Other Children.

Iain Banks’ new novel, Stonemouth, is now available published in hardback by Little Brown, £18.99, and as an e-book