Ian Rankin has decided to take a year off. The Scotsman reports:
CRIME writer Ian Rankin has revealed he is taking a year off work
because of health fears, just weeks after the death of his close friend
and fellow author Iain Banks. Rankin, 53, told an event at the Edinburgh International
Book Festival he is “knackered and shattered” ahead of the release of
his latest Inspector Rebus novel and the premiere of his first stage
He said he had been shaken by good friends such as Banks
and Gavin Wallace, long-time head of literature at the Scottish Arts
Council, “dropping dead”.
The book festival has already held a
special event to pay tribute to Wallace, who joined the arts council in
1997 and became one of the most widely respected figures in the Scottish
And Fife-born Rankin is taking part in a special event
to honour Banks’ literary legacy at the festival on Sunday.
at his own event what his plans were for 2014, Rankin said: “I’m going
to have a year off next year. I’m knackered, basically. Bluntly, I’m
just shattered. I need the batteries recharging big-time.” He went on: “The kids are on the cusp of leaving home or have left home.
“Friends of mine are dropping dead. Gavin Wallace dropped dead at the age of 53 earlier this year. I’m 53. Then of course Iain Banks was taken from us at the age of 59.
“I don’t want to die slumped over my desk. So I’m taking a year off next year and doing some travelling.”
also spoke about the death less than two years ago of another close
friend, singer-songwriter and fellow Fifer Jackie Leven, whose songs
have inspired the titles of his last two books. “He was largely than
life; he was a troubadour. He had a whole host of stories and was a
great guitarist,” he said.
“We were supposed to be doing an event
together at the Belfast Festival and he was replaced at the last minute
by a friend of his who told me he was very ill. I rang Jackie’s manager
and he told me he had three days left to live.”