ED2011 Book Reviews

Ian Rankin – Life After Rebus Keeps Getting Better

By | Published on Tuesday 30 August 2011

As soon as Ian Rankin comes on stage, smiles around the audience, and leans back in his chair, we are reminded that he is an old pro at these events. Certainly, tonight’s talk is nothing if not polished: jokes he’s made several times before are wheeled out once more, old tales are re-spun for an audience that nevertheless hang on every word. “An oldie, but a goldie”, he says about one pun that receives more than its fair share of groans. But Rankin comes alive when he discusses his new protagonist, Malcolm Fox, and new novel ‘The Impossible Dead’. And after all, after twenty years of being asked questions about Rebus, you can’t really blame him for knowing the answers.

RBS Main Theatre, 24 Aug, 8.00pm (9.00pm), £8.00 – £10.00, eibfpp41.