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VINE VOICEon 22 April 2009
I think I have this on audio CD but the book is even better. Rankin speaks about his own history, from his early life in Cardenden and Bowhill, mining towns in the Kingdom of Fife in Scotland, and how it intersects with Rebus' own history. Rankin speaks about Rebus' attitudes to Scottish society and introduces the darker side of Edinburgh and Scotland witnessed by Rebus through the crimes he deals with. The whole is hauntingly illustrated by the photographers who took the stark black and white pictures that illustrate Rankin's books, pictures of convenience stores, abandoned shipyards, tenments and tower blocks, the less picturesque but no less real unseen Scotland a world away from shortbread tins.
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on 18 February 2015
odd that this is promoted as a book of photos, there are some nice pictures and they give the book a bit of atmosphere but this is Ian Rankin writing about his relationship with Edinburgh, Scotland and his own fictional character. A very interesting glimpse into his process and as far as I know the only one available (I didn't think Alan Yentob's documentary about him was very insightful). well worth a read.
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on 6 February 2011
I have enjoyed reading the Rebus detective novels penned by Ian Rankin. This book is the perfect complement to that series as it gives much more information about Edinburgh and the locations featured in the Rebus novels.
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on 12 January 2010
Excellent book giving the 'inside' story of Rebus and all the references from 'real life'.
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on 15 July 2013
great read for fans of ian rankin and the reebus collection.this book is an insight into the early days of rankin and how his now famous character reebus came to be.a must read book for reebus/rankin fans
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on 23 March 2014
Have read and loved every Rebus book, as well as everything else Ian Rankin has written. This book explains a lot about both Rankin and Rebus and it was very worthwhile.
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on 26 May 2016
If you like the Rebus books then you will want this. Very interesting insight into Rebus and Rankin. Would have liked some plain pictures but this is a small quibble.
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on 8 June 2013
For any Iamn Rankin fan, this is a must read book. I enjoyed it very much and very informative, a few of my friends have borrowed this book and they also enjoyed it.
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on 24 April 2013
Husband was a bit disappointed with this book, did,nt know the book was like a comic.He is a great rebus fan,however he did read it and enjoyed the story.
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on 3 December 2013
makes the rebus books almost appear true. would recomend it to all readers of rebus, unless of course they live in edinburgh
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