The writer passed away in Scotland on Saturday (05Dec15), aged 79.

Born in Kilmarnock, MCIlvanney worked as an English teacher before pursuing his passion for writing full-time.

He rose to prominence with his first release, Remedy is None, which earned him the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 1967, and went on to score further literary success with his crime novels Docherty, The Big Man and The Kiln, as well as his Laidlaw detective trilogy, landing him the nickname the "Godfather of Tartan Noir".

MCIlvanney also found fame as poet and journalist, commenting on Scottish politics and sports, a subject his brother, fellow broadcaster Hugh, also specialised in.

Paying tribute to MCIlvanney, Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh writes on Twitter, "Absolutely gutted to hear this. An inspirational writer and one of the loveliest guys you could hope to meet."

Fellow writer Ian Rankin adds of the late novelist, "A truly inspired and inspiring author and an absolute gent."