Ian_Rankin2He’s the top dog of Scottish crime (or Tartan Noir as fellow crime-y James Ellroy dubbed it), the man behind the legendary detective Rebus. It was such a thrill to chat with Ian when he was in Australia recently.  We discussed everything from his hometown of Edinburgh, his family and how he just cannot escape Rebus.


Bestselling crime writer Ian Rankin followed a wayward path to the page. A one-time swineherd, he has also been a tax collector, reviewer of hi-fi equipment and punk musician. These experiences have all curiously made their way into his much loved crime novels. In Rankin’s latest book, Standing In Another Man’s Grave, his most famous literary creation, Inspector Rebus, returns after a long absence.

Rankin was born to a working-class family and grew up in Cardenden, on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

Standing in Another Man's Grave_ian rankinThe Rebus books have been translated into 22 languages and are bestsellers on several continents. Rankin has broken Irvine Welsh and Iain Banks’ records, with six titles in the Scottish top 10 bestsellers list simultaneously. In addition to his crime writing, he is also a contributor to the BBC Two arts program Newsnight Review. His three-part documentary series on the subject of evil was broadcast on Channel 4 in December 2002 and in 2005 he presented a 30-minute documentary on BBC Four called Rankin on the Staircase, in which he investigated the relationship between real-life cases and crime fiction.

For more information about the programme, you can go to: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/firsttuesday/jbp/


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