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Ian Rankin

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Ian Rankin

Midnight Meets With Colin Murray

The multi-million selling author on Rebus, jigsaws, music and taking a year off.


11 Nov 2022

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[Full episode] Ian Rankin, Digawolf, Cristobal Tapia de Veer

Q with Tom Power

Crime writer Ian Rankin discusses his 24th John Rebus novel, A Heart Full of Headstones, and why this character continues to fascinate him decades after his creation. Singer-songwriter Diga of Digawolf shares the inspiration behind the band's new song Eneetii, and why writing and recording it in the Tlicho language was so important. Award-winning film and TV composer Cristobal Tapia de Veer talks about the success of The White Lotus and why making soundtracks for characters onscreen is a lot like being in a band.

1hr 3mins

9 Nov 2022

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Ian Rankin - The Caledonian Antisyzygy (Part 1)

The Moon Under Water

"Something is afoot at The Moon Under Water. Landlord John has returned to an absolute crime scene: Robin is nowhere to be seen, all the pint glasses have been chipped, the beer mats have been thrown across the floor, and worst of all... every single packet of pickled onion crisps has been stolen!"Fear not listener, for that was all a piece of fiction; The Moon Under Water is totally fine. You're probably thinking "That's the worst piece of fiction I've ever read" and yes, you may be right. But thankfully someone is about to arrive in the Correct Realm who could teach us a thing or two about fiction. He's one of the most celebrated authors to ever grace these lands, and it's someone that we've wanted to visit The Moon Under Water for some time now. He's possibly the greatest Pubsman of all time, it's none other than Sir Ian Rankin! Ian is the man behind Detective Inspector Rebus, and his books have gone on to be worldwide bestsellers for the last 30 years. And one thing that any fan of Rebus will know is that he gets to visit some incredible pubs, with almost all of them being inspired by pubs that Ian has frequented himself. As a resident of Edinburgh Ian is surrounded by some of the greatest pubs on Earth, and like Landlord John and Robin he sees them as sacred places. We are so excited for him to join us, and we can't wait to hear what his dream pub will be like. Want to hear an extended version of this episode (featuring a Patreon-only choice), gain access to our bonus podcast ‘Behind The Cellar Door’ and support the upkeep of the pub? If so, head to moonunderpod.com and sign up to our Patreon! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


7 Nov 2022

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Why Ian Rankin keeps returning to Rebus

The Book Show

Ian Rankin's detective John Rebus has been part of the literary world for 35 years and now his 24th Rebus novel has just landed, A Heart Full of Headstones. Discover the hard centre of Victoria Hannan's new novel Marshmallow and find out what an ear prostitute is with Singaporean writer Clarissa Goenawan's Watersong.

30 Oct 2022

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Blood Brothers Episode 106 with Ian Rankin

The Blood Brothers Crime Writing Podcast

The Blood Brothers chat to Ian Rankin about the enduring Rebus series, picking up the Laidlaw series, and much more besides. Enjoy!


10 Oct 2022

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Ian Rankin discusses A Heart Full of Headstones

Poisoned Pen Podcast

Barbara Peters in conversation with Ian Rankin

1hr 7mins

4 Oct 2022

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The crimewriting legend that brought us Inspector Rebus and ardent music lover Ian Rankin joins Jude to discuss another incredible book about music and the people who make it. Ian has picked a book about his beloved Joy Division. Touching from a Distance is written by Joy Division singer Ian Curtis's wife Deborah and was published fifteen years after he died in 1980. In this episode they chat early music experiences, toxic masculinity and the existential thriller Ian plotted out but never quite wrote based on Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures. There's still time Ian, there's still time! You can pre-order Ian Rankin's new book here https://geni.us/AHeartFullOfHeadstones Other books mentioned in the podcast:England’s Dreaming by Jon Savage https://uk.bookshop.org/books/england-s-dreaming/9780571368549Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom by Nik Cohn https://uk.bookshop.org/books/awopbopaloobop-alopbamboom-pop-from-the-beginning/9781784870485Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division by Peter Hook https://uk.bookshop.org/books/unknown-pleasures-inside-joy-division/9781471148330Substance: Inside New Order by Peter Hook https://uk.bookshop.org/books/substance-inside-new-order/9781471132421Chapter and Verse - New Order, Joy Division and Me by Bernard Sumner https://uk.bookshop.org/books/chapter-and-verse-new-order-joy-division-and-me/9780552170499Record Play Pause: Confessions of a Post-Punk Percussionist: the Joy Division Years: Volume I by Stephen Morris https://bit.ly/3JHMhtgFast Forward: Confessions of a Post-Punk Percussionist: Volume II by Stephen Morris https://bit.ly/3QDEvTvJoy Division: Juvenes by Kevin Cummins https://uk.bookshop.org/books/joy-division-juvenes/9781788402712Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer https://uk.bookshop.org/books/charlotte-sometimes/9780141379210 You can buy Jude's book The Sound of Being Human: How Music Shapes Our Lives here: https://uk.bookshop.org/books/the-sound-of-being-human-how-music-shapes-our-lives/9781474622929 Finally White Rabbit's Spotify Playlist of 'booksongs' - songs inspired by books loved by our guests - is here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7chuHOeTs9jpyKpmgXV6uo Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.


11 Aug 2022

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Ep. 100 - Ian Rankin talks about his career, why Scottish crime fiction is so big and talks about taking on the task of co-writing a posthumous William McIlvanney book

Page One - The Writer's Podcast

Ian Rankin is an international superstar of crime writing, with bestsellers across the globe and is the creator of one of the best-known fictional policeman, John Rebus.We are so delighted that Ian was able to come down to our studio to talk about his stellar writing career. We hear how that began, where Rebus came from and talk about the impact of Scottish crime writing on the genre. We also talk about what it was like to co-write a posthumous William McIlvanney novel, The Dark Remains, and lean what he has planned next!This special episode is available as both an audio podcast and as a full video interview on Youtube!COMPETITION!WIN SIGNED BOOKS AND YOUR OWN PAGE ONE NOTEBOOK To celebrate our 100th episode, we are also holding an exciting competition! 3 winners will receive:A copy of The Dark Remains by Ian Rankin and William McIlvanney (signed by Ian Rankin!)A Page One notebook (signed by Ian Rankin!)An assorted bundle of books from some of our previous guests. Please note that some of these books are proof copies and so may differ slightly from retail versions. 2 additional winners will receive a Page One notebook signed by Ian Rankin! Just follow the instructions below to enter – Good luck! WAYS TO ENTER: 1.     Sign up to our newsletter (sign up details at bottom of page here: https://www.writegear.co.uk/podcast)2.     Tag a friend who would like to win a bundle of books and our notebook – Each tag counts as a separate entry!3.     Follow us on at least one of our social media channels:a.     Twitter - @ukPageOneb.     Facebook – www.facebook.com/ukpageonec.     Instagram – @ukPageOne4. Share the competition post on social media on your feed or story (this isn't a necessary step but counts as a bonus entry!)Competition open until 11.59pm GMT on 30 March 2022. Entries received after that date will not be counted. Winners will be announced on episode 104 of Page One – The Writers Podcast which will be released on 1 April 2022. Winners will also be notified by email and announced on our social media.Links:Buy The Dark Remains and Ian's other booksVisit Ian's websiteFollow Ian on TwitterPage One - The Writer's Podcast is brought to you by Write Gear, creators of Page One - the Writer's Notebook. Learn more and order yours now: https://www.writegear.co.uk/page-one Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

1hr 2mins

11 Mar 2022

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Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin at Word Christchurch 2021

Smart Talk

Ian Rankin, the creator of Inspector Rebus, talks live from Edinburgh with New Zealand crime writer Vanda Symon at Word Christchurch 2021.


27 Feb 2022

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Ian Rankin

Wine Times

Raising a toast with Miquita Oliver and Will Lyons at Edinburgh's Prestonfield House is the bestselling author Ian Rankin - who is a fan of all things French. As well as three great wines to taste; Ian talks about Rebus and why he will never stop writing, Will uncovers the secrets of the Sunday Times Wine Club, and Miquita reveals she likes a sparkling rosé (as long as it's not too fizzy).2017 Wyfold Vineyard Rosé, Oxfordshire, England2020 Viorica, Château Vartely Dealu, Jora de Mijloc, Moldova 2018 Château La Clarière, Castillon Côtes de Bordeax, France All the wines in the series are available at www.sundaytimeswineclub.co.ukProducer: Ben MitchellWine Times is brought to you in association with the Sunday Times Wine Club Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


7 Dec 2021