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Ian Rankin

Nominated Title: Fleshmarket Close
Publisher: Orion

'Fleshmarket Close' - review

Born in1960 in Fife, Ian Rankin is one of the best-selling crime writers in the world.. Before becoming a full-time novelist, however, he's worked as a grape-picker, swineherd, taxman, alcohol researcher, hi-fi journalist, college secretary and punk musician. After graduating from University in Edinburgh, he moved to London for four years and then rural France for six to develop his chosen career as a novelist.

Ian Rankin is best known for his Inspector Rebus novels, which are mainly set in Edinburgh. Many of the novels have been televised on ITV, starring firstly John Hannah and then Ken Stott, with the latter being hailed by many fans as ideal for the character. The first adaptations with Stott as Rebus, The Falls – in which he made a cameo appearance - and Fleshmarket Close were screened in early 2006.

Ian has won two Crime Writers' Association (CWA) Dagger prizes for short stories and in 1997 the CWA Macallan Gold Dagger for Fiction for his Rebus novel, Black & Blue. He won the Edgar in 2002 for Resurrection Men and, in 2005, was awarded the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger to mark a lifetime's achievement in crime writing. In June 2002 he was awarded an OBE in the Golden Jubilee Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to literature.

Ian Rankin is a regular contributor to the BBC Two arts programme Late Review, has had three-part drama series on the subject of Evil broadcast on Channel 4 in December 2002 and collaborated with folk musician Jackie Leven on the album Jackie Leven Said.

Ian divides his time between France and Edinburgh and lives with his wife and two children.

Other nominations for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 06

  Martin Edwards: twice nominated for CWA Daggers, his nomination for the Theakston's Old Peculier Harrogate Crime Writing Festival is for his Lake District Mystery, The Coffin Trail published by Allison & Busby. .
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'The Coffin Trail' by Chris High

  Susan Hill: award-winning author was first published in 1961 and is nominated for her book The Various Haunts of Men published by Long Barn Books.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'The Various Haunts Of Men' by Chris High

  Lindsay Ashford: since becoming published in 2003 her career has marched on from strength to strength and is nominated for only her second novel, Strange Blood.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'Strange Blood' by Chris High

  Stephen Booth: journalist for over twenty-five years wrote his first novel at the age of 12. He is nominated for his book One Last Breath published by Harper Collins.
Short biography by Chris High

Review of 'One Last Breath' by Chris High

  Val McDermid: one the nation’s foremost, respected and most popular authors is nominated for her book The Torment Of Others published by HarperCollins.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'The Torment Of Others' by Chris High
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