IAN Rankin has been taken to task on Twitter for his indecipherable handwriting – which some have compared with a doctor’s scrawl.
Rankin has penned 25 novels and multiple short story collections but despite all that practice it appears his handwriting is barely legible.
The crime writer shared images of sticky notes above his desk featuring quotes he had written down from Milan Kundera, Iris Murdoch and Anthony Giardina.
But many social media users were more interested in Rankin’s calligraphy skills – or lack of them.
David Baillie wrote: “Just in case no one’s asked yet – could you write me a prescription?”
Whilst @CrimeGirl asked: “Were you once a doctor?”
Louise Mangos said: “Did you every consider training to be a GP?”
The Milan Kundera quote reads: “The wisdom of the novel comes from having a question for everything.”
But one tweeters said: “For one glorious second I genuinely thought the first one said ‘The union of the snake is on the rise'”.
Users eventually deciphered what the Murdoch quote said, with one writing: “Took me a while, but: “Every book is the wreck of a perfect idea.””
The final quote reads: “Doubt is your friends when you’re writing a novel.”
Rankin eventually responded to all the jokes by saying: “Thank you, Twitter followers, for disabusing me of the notion that I have legible handwriting.”