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