Marilynne Summers Robinson

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

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 Festival: Letters Home

Edinburgh International Book Festival blog: Heather McDaid experiences the first site-specific theatre performance at Charlotte Square, telling four very different stories from the Commonwealth Can theatre help us approach the idea of dialogue from a different perspective? With the resurgence in letters and written correspondence in a world so tech-savvy, the Grid Iron theatre company …

Book Festival: Lynn Barber

Edinburgh International Book Festival blog: Heather McDaid on legendary journalist Lynn Barber’s event in Charlotte Square Imagine you’re a journalist making your first steps into the media world, and you’re given your first interview assignment. A small time singer? Someone of local significance? How about Salvador Dali? As crazy as that notion may seem, it’s …

Book Festival: Kirsty Logan and Sara Maitland

Edinburgh International Book Festival blog: Heather McDaid reports on the Kirsty Logan and Sara Maitland event at Charlotte Square Some of the most interesting events can be more than just a single favourite author, but two who specialise in the same format, approaching it very differently. Step forward Kirsty Logan and Sara Maitland. Kirsty’s collection The …

Book Festival: Natalie Haynes | Helen Walsh | Sara Maitland | Kirsty Logan

Four fabulous female writers held court at the book festival yesterday in two sell-out events, writes Susan Mansfield Former stand-up comedian Natalie Haynes is no stranger to Edinburgh, having performed for six years on the Fringe, and become the first woman to be shortlisted for the Perrier Best Newcomer Award. As her stand-up colleagues slog …

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