On 25 November 2011 Ian Rankin got in touch with the Edinburgh Bookshop and said that he was expecting a parcel to be delivered and asked if they could let him know when it arrived.
When the parcel arrived the writing on it seemed familiar. A quick text later and Ian arrived to open it. Sure enough, there was another fabulous papery delight, marked 11/10!
The tag reads:
For @Beathhigh A Gift
".... something in us never dies" (R. Burns 1790)
In support of those who turn ideas
into words, words into books ......
& of course books into libraries."
A pair of skeletons perched on a coffin lid, clearly having a good time drinking, smoking and listening to music. By their feet is a crate of bottles and next to them is a turntable and a record sleeve reading "THE IMPOSSIBLE DEAD / IAN RANKIN / SOME SECRETS NEVER DIE"
The coffin lid reads "R.I.P. 13/10/11" which is the publishing date of The Impossible Dead.
In other news, the planned exhibition of the sculptures is on track, to be held in the Scottish Poetry Library....