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Monday, 21 October, 2002, 15:19 GMT 16:19 UK
Scots crime writer makes history
Ian Rankin
Ian Rankin won his OBE for services to literature
The Scottish author, Ian Rankin, has been presented with the OBE in Edinburgh.

The ceremony was a first for Scotland's capital city, performed by the Lord Provost rather than the Queen.

Mr Rankin said his honour - Officer of the Order of the British Empire - was "excellent for crime writing".

The author, 42, from Fife, was given the medal during a ceremony at the City Chambers.


Crime writers are getting taken more seriously all the time. It is saying something serious about the world

Ian Rankin OBE
Mr Rankin said he had not been able to receive the honour at Buckingham Palace because he had been busy but insisted it was not a snub.

The crime writer has gained an international following with his Inspector Rebus novels.

He said: "I think it's excellent for crime writing because it is for services to literature and I think that's great.

"Crime writers are getting taken more seriously all the time.

"It's not just something you read on a car journey or a train journey, it's actually saying something serious about the world."

Mr Rankin was accompanied at the ceremony by his two sons Jack, 10, and Kit, 8, as well as his wife Miranda Harvey.
Ian Rankin
Mr Rankin works for charity

The honour was presented to him by the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Eric Milligan, who was acting for the Queen in his role as the Lord Lieutenant of the city.

Speaking afterwards Mr Rankin said: "I wanted to take it for all kinds of reasons.

"For one thing I thought the family would be proud and if my mum and dad were alive they would have been proud."

"I think it's great because it means for all the charitable stuff I do I have got 'OBE' after my name which may help raise more money for disabled kids."

Mr Milligan said: "This is the first time the Lord Provost of the city of Edinburgh has been asked to present an OBE here within the City Chambers.

"I am delighted, if I am making a little bit of history."

Mr Rankin joked that his creation, Inspector Rebus, might also be visiting the Lord Provost's office.

He said: "It's a great chance to have a wee sniff around, which of course helps future books.

"If Rebus has to come and talk to the Lord Provost at least I know what his office looks like."

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