Talk:Ian Rankin

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Why the rather weasley "omits" in the un-sourced comment "his CV omits a stint as Literature tutor"? The reference to his previous "jobs" come from interviews, not actual comprehensive CVs, and as far as I can tell Rankin has mentioned his attempt to do a PhD on Muriel Spark fairly frequently and this would involve the tutoring role. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:45, 3 April 2008 (UTC)


Mention is made of Ian Rankin's honorary doctorates, but on television yesterday I saw him discussing his PhD studies with a former tutor. Did he gain a PhD? Millbanks (talk) 08:02, 22 August 2008 (UTC)

Separate book articles[edit]

As part of my rolling upgrade of articles on Scottish authors (I've looked at Iain Banks, Irvine Welsh and George MacDonald Fraser so far), I plan to start articles on the individual Ian Rankin books. Anyone feel like lending a hand? --Guinnog 11:28, 30 May 2006 (UTC)

I started with The Black Book (novel) today. See what you think. --Guinnog 00:44, 31 May 2006 (UTC)
All of the Rebus novels are now started, and the three Jack Harvey ones. --Guinnog 23:11, 1 June 2006 (UTC)

Dead Souls must have mysteriously disappeared then! I've resurrected a skeleton version and I'll try a full version when I've finished reading it. twitter 09:36, 11 October 2006 (UTC)

The version I made still seems to be there at Dead Souls (1999 novel). --Guinnog 09:48, 11 October 2006 (UTC)

Yes you're right! I'm not sure what happened there. Originally I clicked the link from the list of novels to a 'this page doesn't exist' page. Somehow an additional space crept in between the ( and 1999. Weird (Sterling effort by the way) twitter 09:59, 11 October 2006 (UTC)

Aw thanks! Your version was very much like mine btw. If you can do anything to improve it, please do. --Guinnog 10:02, 11 October 2006 (UTC)

Just redirected the link 'Black Book' to point to the actual book, rather than a disambig page Edofedinburgh 02:58, 15 March 2007 (UTC)

Tartan Noir[edit]

Totally re-jigged the Tartan Noir page - of interest since Rankin is one of the key figures in Tartan Noir Edofedinburgh 14:55, 15 March 2007 (UTC)

Reichenbach Falls[edit]

I can't shake the feeling this page should have some mention of the BBC Four drama Reichenbach Falls. I'm just not sure where it should be or what it should say. (talk) 23:42, 24 November 2007 (UTC)

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BetacommandBot (talk) 23:41, 13 February 2008 (UTC)

I thought when I uploaded this that it was a good fair use. However times have changed and a picture of a living person should be easy to procure. I have removed the image and deleted it. I will try to find a free one. --John (talk) 05:28, 14 February 2008 (UTC)

External links[edit]

Be aware that not all the external links work. A few of them return errors if accessed (404 or forbidden). FleurForsyte (talk) 20:08, 24 July 2008 (UTC)

short stories[edit]

Rankin wrote a number of short stories in the beginning of his career. I don't think they have been collected somewhere. Shouldn't this been mentioned? And shouldn't we try to put a list together?--Epivaas (talk) 16:08, 19 October 2008 (UTC)


The article mentions that 4 novels were televised starring John Hannah. It seems to me that the more recent (and more numerous) dramatisations starring Ken Stott should also be mentioned here.David ORourke (talk) 11:49, 11 December 2008 (UTC)

Neighbor of J.K. Rowling[edit]

J.K. Rowling is Rankin's neighbor. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Siddharth9200 (talkcontribs) 01:01, 26 May 2010 (UTC)


Whilst it is clearly equally as correct to describe Rankin as either Scottish or British it is completely inaccurate to state nationality in the infobox as being Scotish, because Scottish nationality does not exist. (talk) 13:01, 23 May 2014 (UTC)

See WP:UKNATIONALS. --John (talk) 13:05, 23 May 2014 (UTC)