The Rankin Files

It all began a few years ago, when representatives of the Library sat down with renowned crime writer Ian Rankin to discuss the acquisition of his extensive literary archive. Fast-forward to September 2019, when I took up the post of Ian Rankin Project Curator, tasked with the arrangement, cataloguing, and promotion of this incredible collection […]

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Books and war crimes

A recent donation of several World War II related books contained ‘Gekämpft, gesiegt, geschlagen’ written by Lothar Rendulić. It describes German military operations in the Finnmark/Troms region, close to the Russian border. The book is inscribed by Rendulić: ‘Mr. Liddell-Hart with my best greeting. Rendulic, Seewalcher am Allersee, November 1952.’ (Sir Basil Liddell-Hart was a […]

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Collecting the Fringe.

Edinburgh’s Festivals are drawing to a close for another year – the annual revels and mayhem, crowded streets, with entertainments of all kinds – from real theatrical efforts to someone on a pole dressed as Yoda (or it might be Dobby, nobody can be really sure) – exploding fireworks above the castle every night, and […]

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