Adoring Ian Rankin fans send good will messages on author’s 60th birthday

The best-selling Scottish author celebrated in the most characteristic way possible.
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Internationally bestselling author Ian Rankin turned 60 today, prompting an outpouring of well-wishes from fans around the world.

The Edinburgh-based creator of the Rebus series of detective novels toasted the occasion with a socially-distant pint outside his favourite pub, The Oxford Bar.

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Reacting to a photo of the author with his celebratory pint, fans on social media wished him a happy birthday.

“Happy birthday, Ian,” one fan posted, “Thanks for all the stories. I sincerely hope next year's pint is *inside* the pub.”

Best-selling author Matt Haig wrote “Happy Birthday Ian!” on Twitter, and stand up comedian Robin Ince posted a video message wishing Rankin all the best.

The occasion was also marked by the author’s publisher, Orion, which told followers: “Wishing a very happy birthday to the great Ian Rankin!

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“International bestseller, author of countless classics, creator of the iconic John Rebus, champion of reading and supporter of so many fellow authors.

Edinburgh-based author Ian Rankin has turned 60.Edinburgh-based author Ian Rankin has turned 60.
Edinburgh-based author Ian Rankin has turned 60.

“We raise a glass to you today.”

In a fitting tribute, one of Rankin’s biggest fans wrote: “To mark your birthday I have named the rescue hedgehog in our garden Rebus - he’s a prickly character.

“Happy Birthday from Rebus!”