Ian Rankin

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in Cardenden, Scotland




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AKA Jack Harvey.

Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982 and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987; the Rebus books are now translated into 22 languages and are bestsellers on several continents.

Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow. He is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award, and he received two Dagger Awards for the year's best short story and the Gold Dagger for Fiction. Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews, and Edinburgh.

A contributor to BBC2's Newsnight Review, he also presented

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He has at least one more adventure waiting for him. I never plan further ahead than that. If I can get it written it’ll be published October 2020.
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I know fans were happy with Ken Stott but I made the decision not to watch any of the TV versions because I wanted to stay true to my idea of Rebus and not be influenced by an actor’s interpretation.
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“Witches never existed, except in people’s minds. All there was in the olden days was women and some men who believed in herbal cures and in folklore and in the wish to fly. Witches? We’re all witches in one way or another. Witches was the invention of mankind, son. We’re all witches beneath the skin.”
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“You wouldn't think you could kill an ocean, would you? But we'll do it one day. That's how negligent we are.”
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“It was the laughter of birthdays, of money found in an old pocket.”
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