Food for thought: Ian Rankin, novelist
Sunday 24 November 2013
The novelist Ian Rankin OBE is best known for his Inspector Rebus and Malcolm Fox crime series. His latest Rebus book, Saints of the Shadow Bible, is out now. Here he tells Charlotte Cripps about his current reading, watching, and listening...
I dig out my vinyl copies of Lou Reed’s Transformer, The Velvet Underground and New York and listen while reading the obituaries.
I listen to the new Rory Gallagher boxset of crime-themed songs, Kickback City. I’ve written a short novella as part of the CD package. I hope he would have approved.
Watch The Escape Artist on BBC1. David Tennant brilliant as always.
Off to the BBC in Edinburgh to record a piece about my favourite work of classical music, Mozart’s Requiem. Had to admit I only found it through the film Amadeus.
See Nick Cave in concert in Glasgow; the web footage of Cave at Glastonbury is mandatory pre-gig viewing.
Spent a happy couple of hours reading the new Asterix book, Asterix and the Picts. The series stays true to its roots and the puns are as pleasurable as ever.
To Colinton Parish Church in Edinburgh to unveil a statue of Robert Louis Stevenson. Prepared by re-reading A Child’s Garden of Verses – a world away from Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde which I was reading earlier.
Review: Imaginative storytelling returns with vigourfilm
Bannatyne leaves Dragon's DenTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Howard Jacobson: Let's see the 'criticism' of Israel for what it really is
- 2 Instagram of US airport security chiefs: Lipstick knives and IED training kits among items seized
- 3 Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014: In defence of Mesut Ozil - the Arsenal midfielder works magic in the shadows
- 4 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
- 5 Tony Abbott embarrasses Australia by praising Japanese WWII military, ‘getting on the sake’ and posing for ‘crotch-shot’ photo opportunity
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
British jihadist calls for 'flag of Islam' over Downing Street and Buckingham Palace
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories