February 25, 2021

Shipwreck Suitcase with Ian Rankin & Phill Jupitus at #GraniteNoir

On Saturday 22nd February I went along to the Music Hall in Aberdeen to see Shipwreck Suitcase with Ian Rankin and Phill Jupitus. This was part of the Granite Noir Festival – Aberdeen’s unique writing festival with author conversations, talks, walks and workshops.

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We’re rolling out the red carpet to welcome the King of Tartan Noir, Ian Rankin, joined by his friend Phill Jupitus, in conversation about all things Rebus, the re-release of Westwind, and in particular, to reveal which beloved crime novels these avid readers would pack for an extended stay on an uninhabited island. Will it be Sherlock Holmes? Might it be Philip Marlowe? Or will it be something cutting edge and recent? Join us for the big reveal! ~ Granite Noir Website

Every year I say the same thing… I must go to Granite Noir. And every year I leave it too late to get tickets for the main events. But not this time! I was thrilled to manage to get tickets to see Ian and Phill in conversation and I wasn’t disappointed.

After a wee chatter about ‘Westwind’ – one of Rankin’s earliest novels which went out of print before being re-released towards the end of 2019 after someone on Twitter told Ian he thought it was ‘alright’… a book I have yet to read after my mother snaffled it shortly after me buying it.

Phill (remember him?) Jupitus was an excellent host – funny, deferential to Mr Rankin and you could tell they were genuinely good friends. I could have happily sat and listened to them for far longer than their allocated hour long slot.

The main portion of their talk was then dedicated to crime books they would choose to read over and over again if they were to be stranded on a desert island together (after Ian had killed Phil for his glasses to make fire Lord of the Flies style obviously). Their picks are noted below, they’ve been added to my list of books to read as shockingly I have read none of them. Although… following Rankin and Jupitus’s SHOCK revelation at the end of the show that neither of them have read a single Agatha Christie novel, I don’t feel too bad about my lack of reading!

Ian Rankin’s Shipwreck Suitcase Choices

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Bleak House – Charles Dickens
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Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
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The Driver’s Seat – Muriel Spark
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Laidlaw – William McIlvanney
White Jazz – James Ellroy

Phill Jupitus’s Shipwreck Suitcase Choices

The A26 – Pascal Garnier
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The Lady in the Lake – Raymond Chandler
Northern Heist – Richard O’Rawe
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The Hunter (Parker Series) – Richard Stark
Also – The Illustrated Parker Series by Darwyn Cooke

Additional Special Mention

This one was spoken about on several occasions by Ian Rankin so I think it deserves a special mention:

The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner – James Hogg

So, what do you think? Have you read any of these books? I’d love your thoughts (and maybe a suggestion which one to start with!)

Jo x

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