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Edinburgh International Book Festival round-up

Edinburgh International Book Festival review, Marilynne Robinson, David Mitchell and Ali Smith by The Scotsman’s David Robinson. People don’t end up in the mountains of north Idaho because they’re gregarious,” said Marilynne Robinson on the first day of this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival. At least that was the way it was for her folks: …

Book Festival review: The Jump by Doug Johnstone

SOME thriller writers work on as big a canvas as they can find. Read William Boyd and he is usually trying to drag you through as much of society as he can handle; read Sophie Hannah and she’s often pulling you back through a lifetime’s worth of psychological thickets; read the late great Ruth Rendell …

Book Festival Reviews August 10, 2015

Book Festival review: Up Against The Night by Justin Cartwright

Wooden dialogue and stylistic faux pas aren’t the worst aspects of a novel which grapples with South Africa’s past THIS novel and its accompanying publicity bumf come slathered with accolades – previously shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, winner of both the Hawthornden and the Spear’s prize, compared to Nabokov and McEwan, 200,000 copies sold, …

Book Festival Reviews August 10, 2015

Edinburgh International Book Festival highlights

Far from deterring visitors, this year’s focus on world literature will make it a book festival to remember Perhaps the most distinctive feature of Nick Barley’s tenure as director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival is that he has introduced new elements every year; from the Unbound events in the Speigeltent, bringing a more cabaret …

29 hot ticket events at Edinburgh Book Festival

The Edinburgh International Book Festival unveiled its programme for 2015 this week, and there’s another stellar cast of literary heavyweights, famous faces and up and coming talent heading for Charlotte Square in August. Introducing this year’s line-up, director Nick Barley said that the festival would become a “global village”, reflecting the fact that writers from 55 …

IDP2043: ‘The future isn’t what it used to be’

Edinburgh International Book Festival blog: Heather McDaid reports on two events exploring the process behind IDP2043, a new graphic novel commissioned by the Festival Part 1. featuring Denise Mina, Adam Murphy, Hannah Berry, Pat Mills, Will Morris Last year the Edinburgh International Book Festival hosted Stripped, a segment dedicated to graphic novels. This year, they’ve tried something …

Book Festival: Paul Gravett and John Dunning on Comics Unmasked

Edinburgh International Book Festival blog: Heather McDaid reports on Paul Gravett and John Dunning’s discussion of their Comics Unmasked exhibition [The poster for the British Library’s Comics Unmasked exhibition, designed by Jamie Hewlett] “Geeks will inherit the world,” notes chair Stuart Kelly. With the British Library opening one of its exhibition spaces to a pair of comic book aficionados, …

Book Festival: Thomas Enger | Mason Cross | Kevin Williamson | Douglas Dunn | Jenni Fagan

Ninian Dunnett reports on events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival featuring Thomas Enger, Mason Cross, Kevin Williamson, Douglas Dunn and Jenni Fagan “Do any of you have kids? Have you ever fallen asleep on the couch late at night, when you’re exhausted?” This is Thomas Enger, the Norwegian novelist. “Now imagine that you wake up …

Book review: J by Howard Jacobson

Dystopian state of denial has never felt so terrifying , writes William Leith At first, reading this novel feels like looking for the key to a mystery – you read carefully, searching for clues. Then you find the key, and find yourself reading with even more urgency. There’s a sense of mounting horror. We are …

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