December 1, 2005

ADAM SMITH IS LONG DEAD:

Rankin the toast of Scotland as fans sing his praises (LOUISE GRAY, 12/01/05, The Scotsman)

IAN Rankin, the UK's bestselling crime author, was last night named this year's Top Scot at a glittering award ceremony that saw a wave of young Scottish talent coming to the fore.

The writer is best known for his depiction of the dark streets of Edinburgh where his most famous creation, Inspector Rebus, solves gruesome crimes.

In a setting in which Rankin's dishevelled and dysfunctional character John Rebus would surely have been uncomfortable, last night's ceremony took place in the plush surroundings of Prestonfield House where the leading sports people, writers, broadcasters and musicians celebrated the best of Scotland.


The Rebus series is fabulous, but it's kind of sad that a pulp fiction hack is the best the formerly-great country can produce.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 1, 2005 11:44 AM
Comments

I thought you were a Gordon Brown fan?

And Blair was born in Edinburgh, despite the accent.

Posted by: Brit at December 1, 2005 12:03 PM

I am. Scots aren't.

Posted by: oj at December 1, 2005 12:29 PM

I enjoyed Kelman's How Late it Was etc. Good portrait of the soul-deadening grip that the welfare state bureaucracy has on Scotland.

And of course there's Darrin Fletcher, the up-coming ManUtd and Scotland midfielder.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at December 1, 2005 1:08 PM

Hume and Boswell are also dead. Scotland contributed so much. Apparently no more.

Who is Kelman?

Posted by: jdkelly at December 1, 2005 6:32 PM
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