Author(s): Ian Rankin
Ian Rankin's first ever novel - unavailable for nearly twenty years and now published with a brand-new introduction...
In 1986, a small Scottish publishing firm released a first novel by a talented young writer. Only a few hundred copies were printed but it was a literary milestone nonetheless. The book was The Flood. The author was Ian Rankin...
Mary Miller had always been an outcast. As a young girl she had fallen into the hot burn - a torrent of warm chemical run-off from the local coal mine. Fished out white-haired and half-dead, sympathy for her quickly faded when the young man who pushed her in died in a mining accident just two days later. From then on she was regarded with a mixture of suspicion and fascination by her God-fearing community. Now, years later she is hardly less alone. She is the mother of a bastard son, Sandy, and caught up in a faltering affair with a local teacher. Sandy, meanwhile, has fallen in love with a strange homeless girl. The search for happiness isn't easy. Both mother and son must face a dark secret from their past, in the growing knowledge that their small dramas are being played out against a much larger canvas, glimpsed only in symbols and flickering images - of decay and regrowth, of fire and water - of the flood. The Flood is both a coming-of-age novel and an amazing portrait of a time and place. Proto-Rankin as it is, it's dark, atmospheric and powerful - a remarkable debut from a remarkable author.
The book that launched Ian Rankin's phenomenal career. Copies of the orginal edition of THE FLOOD sell for well over 1000 on the collectors' market. THE FLOOD has the potential to be perfect 'event publishing' - a must for Rankin fans and book collectors. We have sold almost a quarter of a million copies of FLESHMARKET CLOSE in trade editions so far Ian has an incredibly high profile. As well as being a regular on the bestseller charts in the UK and worldwide, he is also a frequent contributor to a huge range of major magazines, papers, TV and radio programmes.
Ian Rankin was born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960. In 1997 he was awarded the Macallan Gold Dagger for Fiction for Black and Blue. His subsequent Rebus novels have all been international bestsellers. He lives with his wife and two sons in Edinburgh. In 2003, Ian received an OBE for his services to literature.