Edinburgh International Book Festival. Live and Deadly Blog #3. Sam Bourne aka Jonathan Freedland @EdBookFest

Sam Bourne, or as he is known in real life, Guardian journalist Jonathan Freedland was interviewed by his long term friend Alan Little who began by asking him what the difference is between Jonathan Freedland and Sam Bourne? Jonathan answered by saying that when he is writing as a journalist he can take an ideaContinue reading “Edinburgh International Book Festival. Live and Deadly Blog #3. Sam Bourne aka Jonathan Freedland @EdBookFest”

What is Home? Chaired by Val McDermid with Robin Robertson, Linda Grant and Leila Abouela. @EdBookFest

The Edinburgh International Book Festival theme for 2019 is ‘We Need New Stories’. As part of that strand, there have been sessions on Homelessness, and I had the enormous privilege of attending two of those which have been both profound and educational in the broadest sense. The first of these, chaired by Val McDermid, sawContinue reading “What is Home? Chaired by Val McDermid with Robin Robertson, Linda Grant and Leila Abouela. @EdBookFest”

In Defence of Crime Fiction – a rant @EdBookFest

I have had enough. Barely a month goes by these days without someone having a pop at crime fiction. Now that’s fair enough. It is the most popular genre and as such it’s not unreasonable for critics to have a shot at analysing and critiquing its inner workings. But that tends not to be whatContinue reading “In Defence of Crime Fiction – a rant @EdBookFest”

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2018– a final round up @Edbookfest #EdBookFest

I can’t begin to tell you how rich and rewarding my Edinburgh Book Festival was. Although, in the spirit of this blog, I kept in the main to crime writing sessions, you’ll see that one or two of my other personal passions crept in. If you have ever thought about going to the Book Festival,Continue reading “Edinburgh International Book Festival 2018– a final round up @Edbookfest #EdBookFest”

The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry @AmbroseParry @BeccaNice @Canongatebooks #TheWayofAllFlesh

  Source: Review Copy Publication: 30th August 2018 from Canongate Pp: 416 ISBN-13: 978-1786893789   Edinburgh, 1847. City of Medicine, Money, Murder. In the city’s Old Town a number of young women have been found dead, all having suffered similarly gruesome ends. Across the city in the New Town, medical student Will Raven is aboutContinue reading “The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry @AmbroseParry @BeccaNice @Canongatebooks #TheWayofAllFlesh”

Thursday 16 August 2018 Edinburgh International Book Festival. @EdinburghBookFest #EdBookFest

Thursday was another brilliant and eclectic day at the fabulously vibrant Edinburgh Book Festival.   I started my day with a panel session from Andrew Wilson and Nicola Upson. A brilliant pairing, because both writers do something really quite interesting with their crime fiction. Both are writers of what is usually called ‘Golden Age’ crimeContinue reading “Thursday 16 August 2018 Edinburgh International Book Festival. @EdinburghBookFest #EdBookFest”

Wednesday 15 August 2018 Edinburgh International Book Festival. Ian Rankin interviewed by Margie Orford @Edookfest @beathigh #edbookfest

Ian was primarily at the Edinburgh Book Festival to discuss his new book, In A House of Lies. From the reading he gave, we can see that Rebus has lost none of his wit, but his physical mettle is waning. Struggling with emphysema, as a result of COPD, he now finds stairs hard and looksContinue reading “Wednesday 15 August 2018 Edinburgh International Book Festival. Ian Rankin interviewed by Margie Orford @Edookfest @beathigh #edbookfest”

Wednesday 15th August 2018 Olga Wojtas and ES Thomson. Chaired by Sally Magnusson. @OlgaWojtas @es_thomson @sallymag1 @edbookfest #edbookfest

Going to this session was a must, not least for the opportunity to hear Olga read from Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Golden Samovar. If you have read my review, you’ll know that it is a hugely funny book and Olga’s reading of it is one of those moments you just should not miss. IContinue reading “Wednesday 15th August 2018 Olga Wojtas and ES Thomson. Chaired by Sally Magnusson. @OlgaWojtas @es_thomson @sallymag1 @edbookfest #edbookfest”

Wednesday 15 August 2018 Joanna Cannon and Jess Kidd chaired by Jenny Brown @JoannaCannon @JessKiddHerself @AgentJenny @EdBookFest #edbookfest

  I’d heard so much about Three Things About Elsie hat getting to a panel session with her was a must and she was brilliantly paired with Jess Kidd, author of The Hoarder. For both authors, these are their second books and both books share common themes of ageing, and memory loss, both use humour andContinue reading “Wednesday 15 August 2018 Joanna Cannon and Jess Kidd chaired by Jenny Brown @JoannaCannon @JessKiddHerself @AgentJenny @EdBookFest #edbookfest”

Tuesday 14 August. Denise Mina and Liam McIlvanney chaired by Stuart Kelly. @DameDeniseMina @LiamMcIlvanney @EdBookFest #edbookfest

The last session of Tuesday was at 20.45.i was in 2 minds about going to this one as I am really fortunate in having heard both authors a number off times recently. But The Long Drop and The Quaker (links are to my reviews) are both books that have been outstanding and immediately shot toContinue reading “Tuesday 14 August. Denise Mina and Liam McIlvanney chaired by Stuart Kelly. @DameDeniseMina @LiamMcIlvanney @EdBookFest #edbookfest”

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