Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh and has since been employed as grape-picker, swineherd, taxman, alcohol researcher, hi-fi journalist and punk musician. He was a prize-winning poet and short-story writer before turning to novels in 1986 with his debut The Flood.
Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and is also a past winner of the prestigious Chandler-Fulbright Award, as well the 1997 Crime Writers Association The Macallan Gold Dagger for Fiction for Black & Blue. He is currently the UNESCO City of Literature Visiting Professor at the University of East Anglia.
The first Rebus novel Knots and Crosses, was published in March 1987. The intervening years have seen a further nineteen Rebus novels, and their creator make a meteoric rise to international bestseller. After retiring him in Exit Music, 2012 saw the return of Rebus in the number one bestseller Standing in Another Man’s Grave.
The books have twice been dramatised for TV (starring John Hannah and Ken Stott respectively), and are translated into 36 languages. Rankin and Rebus are one of the subjects of the RADIO 4’s series Foreign Bodies: A History of Modern Europe Through Literary Detectives.
His stand-alone novel Doors Open was made into ITV film, directed by and starring Stephen Fry, broadcast over Christmas 2012. Ian Rankin appears regularly on radio and television, and over the course of 2012, Imagine, the BBC flagship arts documentary series, followed Ian as he worked on his novel STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN’S GRAVE. The documentary was broadcast to record audiences in November that year.