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Book review – Secret Edinburgh An Unusual Guide by Hannah Robinson★★★★

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I have lived in Edinburgh for the past 12 years and I pride myself on learning and getting to know many of the unusual buildings, locations and statues in the city.However, having read...

New book is treehugger’s delight

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Edinburgh photographer Anna Deacon and author Vicky Allan’s latest book examines our relationship with trees.For the Love of Trees is the story of why trees are important both to us as individuals and to...

A damn good read – Queen of Crime Val McDermid on The First Modern...

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Her novels have been translated into 40 languages and sold 16 million copies worldwide, so Val McDermid knows a thing or two about crime writing.The winner of the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for...

Edinburgh woman’s death – the first modern murder

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It was one of the most sensational murder trials of the 20th century.If it had not been for the combined brilliance of three Scottish scientists and a battle-hardened police officer, Dr Buck Ruxton may...

Opening weekend of EIBF Online attracts global audience

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For authors, audiences - and for the Book Festival’s own team who have had to completely change their way of delivering a festival - the opening weekend of the Edinburgh International Book Festival Online...

Book Review: Payback by Claire MacLeary

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Payback is the latest novel by Edinburgh writer Claire MacLeary, and the fourth in her series about two female private detectives, Maggie Laird and Wilma Harcus.In Mannofield, an extension of Aberdeen’s respectable West End,...

Book Review: Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Vampire Menace

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We first met Ms Shona McMonagle in Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Golden Samovar, Edinburgh author Olga Wojtas’s debut novel.Shona, now a librarian in Morningside, that most respectable and genteel of Edinburgh suburbs, is a proud...

Book Review – The Unreliable Death of Lady Grange

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St Kilda is a remote archipelago in the North Atlantic. For centuries its people lived a very basic life, farming Soay sheep and existing on a diet of seabirds and their eggs, salted mutton,...

Book Review – The Last Hillwalker

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The Last Hillwalker is the latest book by climber, writer, poet and actor John D Burns, who brought his hugely successful one man plays to the Fringe in 2010 and 2014.John moved from Sheffield...

Books – Arthur and Me

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Ann Treherne, Chair of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, has just published her first book, Arthur and Me which tells the Centre’s origin story. Arthur and Me documents how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle...

Portobello Book Festival 2019 : Displaced Dishes

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Pamela Gregory became a Samos Volunteer in September 2017. She was 71 then, and she’s still volunteering now.‘We stand for human dignity. We stand with refugees.’In autumn 2018 Gica Loening decided to spend Christmas...

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019 – Day 17, 26th August

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Awwww..... My in-boxes have all gone silent....... Oh, well.So, they thought it was all over... Well, they're all all over. Until next year. Although we are expecting the Christmas and Hogmanay launches soon......

Craigmillar Book Festival 2019

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The Craigmillar Book Festival is an annual event that takes place in nurseries, schools, Craigmillar Library and other public spaces around Craigmillar.The Craigmillar Book Festival aims to inspire everyone in Craigmillar to enjoy the...

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019 – Day 12, 21st Aug

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Another day, another raft of authors taking to the grey carpet. Mariella Frostrup has to take the award for the 'Cheeriest Person in the World' as she smiled and laughed her way through the...

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019 : Juno Dawson

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I think it’s safe to say that Amanda Block likes this book.  The Edinburgh-based literary consultant is talking about Juno Dawson’s latest novel Meat Market, the story of a working class girl who is...

Edinburgh International Book Festival – Day 4, 13th August

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Day 4 and a second day in succession at the EIBF. A few more well kent faces this time around. From an Olympic Champion and an MSP to an archaeologist and a physicist. An...

Edinburgh International Book Festival – Day 3, 12th Aug

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And, we're off! Or, at least, we are. The EIBF kicked off on Saturday, but, hey, there's only one of me....And it was the usual fair. An extra and two no shows. At least...

Edinburgh Book Fringe 2019: still fabulous and free

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Edinburgh is a reader's paradise. Few other cities can beat it for the variety and quality of its bookshops; new, old, specialist, weird – you can browse them all here. This August two of...

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019

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The sun shone on Charlotte Square Gardens as the EIBF launched its 2019 theme earlier today.Nick Barley, Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival was joined by Roland Gulliver, Associate Director and Janet Smyth,...

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019: The Baillie Gifford Schools Programme

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Communities come in many forms. A school; a housing development; a hospital; a village; a religious group; even an online forum - all might be communities, but equally they might not. Proximity by itself...

The Wee Scottish Book Company is a winner

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Edinburgh Author Susan Cohen has won a top award at Scotland’s Trade Fair at the SECC, this weekend. Susan, set up “The Wee Scottish Book Company” to bring a range of books to...
Books for Bright Sparks

Lord Provost to Donate Muriel Spark Novels to Every Council High School

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Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, Frank Ross, will donate almost 500 books to school libraries this Christmas to mark the centenary of Dame Muriel Spark’s birth. During a visit to Tynecastle High School yesterday (Wednesday 12 December),...

Local Edinburgh author releases political thriller

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Local author Katy Moran has released a new political thriller, Project Nova. Jamie Jameson, a young, disgraced political journalist, stumbles into the web of a government conspiracy after witnessing a suicide. In a world where everyone...

Book review – The Team for Me – Fifty Years of Following Hearts

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The Team For Me - Fifty Years of Following Hearts by Mike Smith The author Mike Smith is a Jambo by choice rather than accident of birth (living at the time in Cumbernauld his father...

The 10th Portobello Book Festival is here!

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The 10th Portobello Book Festival opened last night, with a packed out (and packed in) evening of entertainment in Portobello Library.Introducing a programme of readings and music, author Louise Kelly spoke of the goodwill...

Five more books set in Edinburgh

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The Scottish Book Trust website is full of great ideas about what to read. Here we have listed some of the books set in Edinburgh which they recommend. What are yours? How to Make a Golem...

The 10th Portobello Book Festival is coming!

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Ten years ago a group of Portobello residents decided to start a book festival.Ambitious? Maybe.They decided they wanted everything at that festival to be kept local – and free. This meant no-one would be...

2018 Edinburgh International Book Festival – Day 10, 20th August

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What with other stuff to do, the weather, life the universe and everything getting in the way, we, eventually, made a second - well, third-ish - trip into Charlotte Square to catch up with...

2018 Edinburgh International Book Festival – Day 4, 14th Aug.

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After a few misfires early on, there was a bit more action today on the grey carpet. Despite a bit of rain, a fair number of attending writers made the long walk 'down the...

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2018 – Day 3

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He came. He saw. He got the tram back home.Unfortunately, the weather, having been fantastic for ages, decided that enough was enough and brought Edinburgh's various Festivals a bit of damp, miserable -...

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