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Writer Ian Rankin hires library for birthday party

Ian Rankin
The library featured in the climax of Rankin's very first book

Edinburgh crime writer Ian Rankin has hired out his local library for his 50th birthday.

The Rebus author is having the celebration in the Central Library, where he penned some of his most famous chilling scenes.

The event on 27 April will see Rankin talking about his life and work with literary agent Jenny Brown.

The novelist will lay on free drinks for fans who are lucky enough to snap up a free ticket.

Rankin said he specifically chose to hold his party at the library because it provided inspiration for his best-selling series of crime novels.

He said: "Rebus was 'born' while I was a student in Edinburgh, during which time I haunted George IV Bridge, and especially its libraries and bookshops.

"It is no accident that I chose the Central Library for the climax of that first Rebus novel and it is a pleasure to make the return journey to celebrate my 50th birthday."

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