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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...

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2018: Graeme Macrae Burnet

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In 2016 Graeme Macrae Burnet’s novel His Bloody Project was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. On Saturday he was in the new Spark Theatre at Edinburgh International Book Festival, talking to Roland Gulliver (EIBF...

Edinburgh International Book Festival: Jim Crumley and Christopher Nicholson – Men for All Seasons

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‘A badger peed on my wellies once while I was wearing them. It was like being anointed by nature.’ Many of us are good at sitting still, but few of us see it as a...

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2017 : Malachy Tallack and Barry Smith – Uncovering the...

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'Most people live on a lonely island Lost in the middle of a foggy sea. Most people long for another island One where they know they will like to be.' So sings Bloody Mary in the musical South...

The Last Treasure Hunt: Jane Alexander at Edinburgh Central Library

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When Jane Alexander was a little girl, the highlight of her country holidays was the annual treasure hunt; she loved it so much she even asked her Dad to set one up back in...

Edinburgh International Book Festival: Ian Stephen and Sara Baume

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In Stornoway, says author Ian Stephen, in his soft and sibilant tones, 'people will talk forever about fish'. He was here in Charlotte Square, still talking about fish, but also weaving through friendships, Harris tweed, Hebridean...

Paris Kiss: the story of Rodin, Camille Claudel and Jessie Lipscombe

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What do people usually do on their honeymoons? Before you answer, let me tell you what journalist Maggie Ritchie did; she found the inspiration for her first novel - and no, it wasn't 50...

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