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It’s only bloody Ian Rankin!

My favourite writer!

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Tuesday saw Ian Rankin come to town to promote Rebus’s comeback in Standing in Another Man’s Grave. Early attendance (and no mates) meant I could bag a front row seat (in what turned out to be a packed house).

It was a great evening listening to ‘the master’, who is clearly a really nice guy.

I’d managed to watch the BBC documentary about his writing the book beforehand (not so easy from New Zealand) and was a little surprised to see the struggle he had to get started, and the doubt he suffered during the writing process – particularly at page 65, the place where his notes run out. I asked him about this, and said I was a little surprised that someone with nearly 30 books under their belt he would feel that way.

“It never gets any easier,” was his response.

Ian writes like Stephen King – with…

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