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The Edinburgh International Book Festival (On a Shoestring): Part II

August 21, 2018

  Day Two: Saturday 18 August   Thank heavens for the simple bicycle. Walking from place to place is simply not an option during August in Edinburgh. It’s not only the crowds, it’s the show touts, waving their leaflets in your face. The only free way to avoid them is to jump on the...

The Edinburgh International Book Festival (On a Shoestring)

August 20, 2018

  Day One: Friday 17 August 2018 As a man of modest means, this year I have set myself the task of spending three moneyless days at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. I live on a farm twenty miles south of Edinburgh, so transport was the first hurdle to overcome. When I heard there was...

Looking for Mma Ramotswe

July 31, 2018

Looking for Mma Ramotswe   This summer sees the 20th anniversary of the publication of The...

Man Booker Prize Longlist Announced

July 27, 2018

The 2018 Man Booker longlist, announced this week, shows the judges themselves daring to take...

Scotland’s Bookshops- Atkinson-Pryce, Biggar

July 18, 2018

Scottish Review of Books in conversation with Millie McCosh-Thomson, bookseller at Atkinson-Pryce,...

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August 11, 2018

Next year marks the 150th anniversary of the last reading Charles Dickens gave in Edinburgh. On 26 February, 1869, the most fêted English writer of his generation appeared at the music hall in George Street. It was a homecoming of sorts. Dickens was no stranger to the Scottish capital; it was where...

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