Ian Rankin

About

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.

Ian’s first novel Summer Rites remains in his bottom drawer, but his second novel, The Flood, was published in 1986, while his first Rebus novel, Knots & Crosses, was published in 1987. The Rebus series is now translated into twenty-two languages and the books are bestsellers on several continents. In addition to his Rebus and Malcolm Fox novels, he has also written standalone novels including Doors Open, which was televised in 2012, short stories, a graphic novel – Dark Entries, and a play (with Mark Thomson, the Royal Lyceum Theatre’s Artistic Director) Dark Road, which premiered at the Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, in September 2013. There are also a number of novels under the pseudonym ‘Jack Harvey’ and in 2005 he collaborated with singer Jackie Leven on a CD. His non-fiction book Rebus’s Scotland was published in 2005.

Autobiography for Quais du Polar

“I grew up in a small working-class village in Scotland, and didn’t tell anyone that I wanted to be a writer.  I wrote in notebooks that I kept hidden under my bed. I am still that child, imagining stories and populating them with my imaginary friends.”

Crime favorites

Book : I Was Dora Suarez, Robin Cook/Derek Raymond.

Movie : The Third Man, Carol Reed.

Writer : Pascal Garnier.