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Ian Rankin caused pub to install footrail to bar after he described it incorrectly in novel

From The Telegraph:

A pub fitted a footrail to its bar because crime author Ian Rankin mistakenly wrote it into one of his Inspector Rebus novels.

The novelist described how his detective character would prop up the Oxford Bar in Edinburgh “with an IPA in his hand and his feet resting on the rail”.

But Mr Rankin, 57, has confessed that he had “misremembered” the bar, which never had a rail. The city centre tavern on Young Street installed the metal foot rest five years ago in a nod to one of their dearest customers.

The bar, a favourite of Inspector Rebus in Rankin’s books, is often visited by the author’s fans, with a number of “walking tours” on offer to fans in Scotland’s capital city which include a visit to the pub.

“The Oxford Bar in Edinburgh is Rebus’s home from home, and one of my favourite pubs,” Mr Rankin told the Mail on Sunday’s Event magazine

“Once, I wrote about a footrail in The Oxford Bar that didn’t exist. I’d misremembered it, so they installed one in real life to rectify the mistake.”

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The pub’s landlord this week joked of how he was still waiting for Mr Rankin to pay him back for the rail.

“He didn’t bother to reimburse me,” 68-year-old Harry Cullen, who cannot recall the cost of the rail but estimates that it was shy of £1,000 told The Telegraph.

“But he’s alright really, because he’s paid it off by pulling in people from all over the world which is all very welcome.”

Link to the rest at The Telegraph and thanks to Lexi for the tip.

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2 Comments to “Ian Rankin caused pub to install footrail to bar after he described it incorrectly in novel”

  1. The pen is mightier than the pub! 🙂

  2. Sometimes, fact follows fiction.

    (Love it.)

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