Ian Rankin

Nationality: Scottish
Born: 28 April 1960

Ian Rankin is a Scottish crime writer, best known for his Inspector Rebus novels. Ian’s first novel Summer Rites remains in his bottom drawer, but his second novel, The Flood, was published in 1986, while his first Rebus novel, Knots & Crosses, was published in 1987. The Rebus series is now translated into twenty-two languages and the books are bestsellers on several continents. In addition to his Rebus and Malcolm Fox novels, he has also written standalone novels. He is the recipient of four Crime Writers’ Association Dagger Awards including the prestigious Diamond Dagger. Ian won America’s celebrated Edgar Award for Resurrection Men . He has also been shortlisted for the Edgar and Anthony Awards in the USA, and won Denmark’s Palle Rosenkrantz prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and Germany’s Deutscher Krimipreis. Ian has received an OBE for services to literature and is one of the United Kingdom’s most successful crime writers to date.


  • 1988 Elected Hawthornden Fellow
  • 1991 Chandler-Fulbright Award
  • 1994 CWA Short Story Dagger for A Deep Hole
  • 1996 CWA Short Story Dagger for Herbert in Motion in Perfectly Criminal
  • 1997 CWA Gold Dagger for Fiction for Black and Blue
  • 1997 Edgar Award for best novel, shortlist, Black and Blue
  • 1999 University of Abertay Dundee honorary doctorate
  • 2000 University of St Andrews honorary doctorate
  • 2000 Palle Rosencrantz Prize (Denmark)
  • 2002 Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to literature
  • 2003 University of Edinburgh honorary doctorate
  • 2003 Whodunnit Prize (Finland)
  • 2003 Grand Prix du Roman Noir (France)
  • 2004 Edgar Award for Resurrection Men
  • 2005 CWA Lifetime Achievement Award (Cartier Diamond Dagger)
  • 2005 Open University honorary doctorate
  • 2005 Grand Prix de Littérature Policière (France) for Set in Darkness
  • 2005 Deutsche Krimi Prize (Germany), for Resurrection Men
  • 2006 University of Hull honorary doctorate
  • 2008 ITV3 Crime Thriller Award for Author of the Year, for Exit Music.
  • 2009 Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, shortlisted Exit Music
  • 2012 Specsavers National Book Award, Outstanding Achievement
  • 2015 Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh


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Ian Rankin

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