Ian was brought up in Fife, but finally settled in Edinburgh, with his wife and two sons. Before becoming a full-time novelist, he had a rather wide variety of character building jobs, such as a grape picker, taxman, alcohol researcher, hi-fi journalist, college secretary and punk musician-to name but a few. Now his immense passion and knowledge for music and writing go hand in hand. We had the great pleasure of Ian's company in the Oxford Bar for a quick pint and a catch up, after measuring him up in the store for his first Stewart Christie bespoke three-piece, in a soft grey lambswool tweed to be completed for the Edinburgh International Book Festival, where he will present various events in true Scottish style.
Name? Ian Rankin
Do you usually complete your work and then get it published or have you got some novels that you’ve secretly shelved that you may finally release at a later date?
I've only got one unpublished novel - my very first. Unlikely ever to see the light of day. It was a not very funny comedy set in a Highland hotel. There is one novel, Westwind, which was published, but I was unhappy with. I've never allowed it to be reissued.
Very interested to know what you are currently working on that we may look forward to?
This is a sabbatical year. I am tinkering and pottering, but not doing a novel. A few short stories, meetings about film and TV. Travelling to festivals far and wide to promote Inspector Rebus' 30th anniversary.
It’s incredible that Rebus has been translated into 22 different languages, have you ever read them in other languages? We understand you resided in France for a while. It must be quite a strange feeling to see them in French, not that you would read it, but is there anything that would make you read any of your novels again once you've written them?
Translated into 35 languages - I need to update the information available online! I lived in France for six years but it wasn't translated into French until after I'd moved back to the UK, which was a bit annoying. I only ever reread my novels when asked by my publisher to provide the introduction to some new edition.
Where do you find your inspiration in Edinburgh for such crime stories? Do you have a few "favourite haunts" you like to go to and write, or are you one of those writers who is constantly inspired throughout the day, like Alexander McCall Smith, who is forever writing?
I write seldom. I'm certainly no McCall Smith. The man is a machine. I hang out in pubs, especially the Oxford Bar. I eavesdrop on conversations. I go for drinks with retired cops. I am also a news junkie, and often get ideas from newspaper reports and such like.
We know you have a great passion for music. In a recent interview with Tim Burgess at the book festival, we experienced your immense knowledge of artists and albums, it was an interesting talk. Would you host or partake in more of them this year?
Like most crime writers, I am a frustrated rock star. Putting so much music in my books has led me to form friendships with a host of musicians, which is a lovely bonus. I will be interviewing at least one musician at this year's festival - but it's under wraps at the moment.
We spent the day with Dominic Le Moignan, a London based Actor and Creative Director up Arthur's Seat to test out the performance of his bespoke three-piece in a rifle green barathea.
Scottish comedian and formally BBC Radio Scotland presenter, of 18 years', Fred MacAulay is a long standing and valued Stewart Christie customer. We spent the afternoon asking him a few questions about the comedy circuit and his lesser known passion for outdoor pursuits.
Actor, Emun Elliott is our latest member of the Stewart Christie Gentleman’s clubWe recently had the pleasure of welcoming a new member to the Stewart Christie Gentleman’s club. We spent a day enjoying some quality time with the talented and charming actor, Mr. Emun Elliott.
Stewart Christie and Co. are very proud to announce a collaboration with the exceptional MacKenzie Leathers of Edinburgh. We speak to Simon Harvey Potts about his history with MacKenzie Leathers, who hand craft the very best leather goods and bags in Edinburgh, and our exciting future with them.
Last sunny, Sunday evening in the heart of the Scottish capital, Stewart Christie & Co, Scotland's oldest bespoke tailors, welcomed the returning cast of the Trainspotting sequel, an historic alignment of two Edinburgh origin stories.
Trainspotting, Danny Boyle's vision of Irvine Welsh's seminal classic, became a Scottish cultural phenomenon spanning two decades, while Stewart Christie & Co have been forging an enduring legacy for 300 years.
The Stewart Christie team were proud to host three of Britain's finest acting talents in a private bespoke suit fitting. After all where else would three of Danny Boyle's cast members come to be suitably attired? It is rare to find Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner & Jonny Lee Miller in the same place outside of filming and it was a pleasure to meet them, we're very excited to create some unique pieces for them.
The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly as we helped them choose some truly wonderful cloths for their suits. We were interested to hear the progress of their most recent project, Trainspotting 2, which is currently being filmed in Scotland and they listened intently as we shared with them our ethos; working closely with local suppliers and makers all of our products made within the UK and many within Scotland. We all agreed that supporting skilled workers within our own country is so important and why go elsewhere when you can have the finest of things made on your own doorstep.
Mr. Bremner, Mr. McGregor and Mr. Miller all readily accepted our exclusive invitation to become members of our Gentleman's Club which already includes some of the country's most interesting gentlemen.