I was gutted when I heard this yesterday. He has written some of my all-time favourite books - I highly commend The Crow Road (best opening line ever: "It was the day my grandmother exploded.") or Consider Phlebas, the book that turned SF on its head for me.
I've had the good fortune to meet Iain several times (have I mentioned I love
my job?), and can honestly say he's one of the few authors I respect and admire who hasn't been a disappointment when I met them. Whip-smart, witty, profane, generous - a genuine good guy.
Go. Buy his books. From your local bookstore, not Amazon.
That way you'll be doing three good turns: for his partner, your hard-working local bookseller and