Rankin’s young tourist guide

If you are interested in the stars and celebrities of Edinburgh, you might just think about following the footsteps of one of the best-known crime novel authors in Great Britain – Ian Rankin. Rankin, who has just produced another No.1 bestseller in the UK with his new novel, The Complaints (2009), actually graduated from Edinburgh […]

If you are interested in the stars and celebrities of Edinburgh, you might just think about following the footsteps of one of the best-known crime novel authors in Great Britain – Ian Rankin. Rankin, who has just produced another No.1 bestseller in the UK with his new novel, The Complaints (2009), actually graduated from Edinburgh University in 1982 and wrote his first two novels as a post-graduate student there. When we met him at the University Library in September, the author of the popular Inspector Rebus series recommended Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh (1993) and Complicity by Iain Banks (1993) to the potential Edinburgh visitor. In fact, he jokingly warned the prospective traveller to Edinburgh not to read any of his books because they might put people off rather than attract them. Nevertheless, if you have already perused some or even all of Rankin’s Rebus novels, you should consider taking part in one of the two hour rebustours with local actor Colin Brown. Most probably, this is going to throw a different light on Fleshmarket Close or other real locations you will discover. However, if you are more of a listener than a reader and all into music, Rankin has some promising tips for you in store as well. For the record-junkies among you, Rankin’s selection of some second-hand vinyl stores on Canongate and Leith Walk might just be what you are looking for. Watch out, Movie-fans! Of course, there is something here for you, too: Ian Rankin is currently working on a film script to the novel Confessions of a Justified Sinner which takes place in 19th century Edinburgh.

If you are one of those people who still have not had enough goose bumps on one of the many ghost tours the city has to offer, sitting in Edinburgh’s oldest cinema, the Cameo, with a serial killer only a few rows away could be just the right thing for you. On top of it all, if you ever wondered how to get a writing career started yourself (or if you are just addicted to coffee), drop in to Oxford Bar on Young Street or The Elephant House Café on 23 George IV Bridge. Grab a cup of tea, a pint of beer, a glass of Irn Bru or whatever else you would like and suck in the creative atmosphere. Who knows – you might just be able to catch a glimpse of Ian Rankin himself or any of his famous colleagues at work.

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