The writer's former press officer recounts their warm friendship.

This article titled “Iain Banks remembered by Michelle Hodgson” was written by Michelle Hodgson, for The Observer on Monday 16th December 2013 10.22 UTC

Iain Banks didn’t laugh – he guffawed. Alongside his hearty intellect and appetite for politics, Iain knew how to appreciate the simple pleasures of life, from food to fireworks to friendships. Giggles emanating from the spare room some years back when he was visiting turned out to be Iain reading a copy of a Calvin and Hobbes book. Small wonder that he enjoyed stories of a mischievous wee boy off on big adventures inspired by a vivid imagination.

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