This was the second event by Ian Rankin. This event was to focus on Ian’s favourite Rebus moments.
Rebus Favourite Song
“Painted Black by The Stones or All or Nothing by Small Faces. It would have to be something from the 60s.” Ian expressed how he has an awkward relationship with Rebus regarding music as he listens to stuff Ian doesn’t listen to.
Favourite Joke in the Rebus Novels
A pun, “It silenced him, the silence of the lums”. He admits that people in USA/England don’t get the pun. Ian admits that he is a big fan of puns no matter how torturous they are.
Favourite Pub Scene
In the Royal Oak which is a folk pub. Rebus looks into the pub and sees Cafferty in the bar singing. Ian admits that this was a rare chance he had to surprise Rebus. Rebus sees being surprised as a weakness.
Favourite Rebus and Siobhan Scene
Rankin told the audience that Siobhan was never meant to be a major character in the book but once he began to write her she took on a life of her own.
“In the car, Rebus is driving and they are having a conversation. Rebus reaches over to get something out the glove box and Siobhan finches, they both feel embarrassed and nothing is said.” The scene show the nature of the situation which 1000 words could never do.
Little Sex in the books
Rankin explained that his early editor didn’t like to read sex scenes and asked him to take them out. It also allows the reader to use their imagination to fill in the gaps.
Favourite One Liner
In Mortal Causes: “I can think of half a dozen people who would throw confetti at my funeral.”
This says a lot about Rebus as a character and shows that Rebus has a very Scottish humour.
Mistakes in the books
They always jump out after the book has been published.Rankin commented on how book festivals have been responsible for him making fewer mistakes as he is always questioned about them at the festivals. Some of the mistakes he has made include:
- Gave Cafferty two backgrounds, in one book he was born in Edinburgh and in another he was born in Glasgow.
- No foot rail in the Oxford Bar and Rebus put his leg on it.
Black and Blue as it was the break through book that won the Gold Dagger. Rankin commented on when he was writing this book the structure and theme just fell into place.
Favourite Music Quote
Let it Bleed. Use music to get the titles of all the books I write. He commented on the fact that Malcolm does not listen to music that was done on purpose so that there would be clear water between him and Rebus.
Favourite Description of Siobhan
Something that Cafferty said: “She has got more balls than Timecastle.” It says a lot about Siobhan and she would not be flattered by that comment.
Least Favourite Book
- West Wind – not allowed it to be republished
- Knot and Crosses – loads of puns and wordplay within the book and he feels he was not inside Rebus’s head when writing this book. If he could rewrite it, it would have a different ending.
Let it Bleed as it starts with a car chase through the snowy streets of Edinburgh.
Favourite Edinburgh Location
The Oxford bar was the answer that came straight out Ian’s mouth. It is more that a pub it represents a secret side to Edinburgh that most people do not want to see.
Favourite Location in Scotland
Black Isle it is a location that features heavy in Standing in Another Man’s Grave.
- Robert Louis Stevenson
- Muriel Spark
- Julie Cooper
- Ruth Rendell
Time for some audience questions:
Who would play Rebus?
- Johnny Depp
- Brian Cox
- Sean Connery (when he was in his prime)
“Honestly have no idea what Rebus looks like as I see the world through his eyes not at him.” Rankin mentioned that he got all the rights to his books back again so he control.
In all Books it has been real-time for Rebus why change it?
After the last book Rebus has been working cold cases as a retired cop. Five years seemed too long for him to be out of the game and Rankin didn’t want it being five years since Rebus had seen Siobhan.
Luxury Book on a Desert Island
- Dance in Music of Time – it is a 12 book sequence
- Also would love to take a Pinball machine as once you are bored you could use the inside of it as a canoe.
How do you get on with the Police?
All the cops Rankin has talked to have been retired. Only every met good cops as the bad cops don’t want to talk to you.
Where did the name Rebus come from?
Came from a picture puzzle called Rebus, it is actually a Polish surname.
With that final question this wonderful hour-long discussion about Rebus came to an end.