Edinburgh and Scotland books

Robin Knox-Johnston, Around the World for 80 Years, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Review Vivien Devlin Sat, 24 Aug '19 1.01pm

“Once across the Equator and into the South East trade winds ... eventually into the roaring forties of the Southern Ocean. It is a cold, merciless place ravaged by gales and storms … the largest waves on the planet, exceeding 30 metres... a perilous situation.  These were the conditions I had to survive for the next five months.” 

Robin Knox-Johnston, “Running Free” 

After 312 days on board his yacht, Suhaili, on 22 April 1969, Knox-Johnston sailed into Falmouth harbour after the first non stop, solo circumnavigation of the globe.

Hannah Beckerman & Bev Thomas, Gripping Yarns, EIBF, Review

The director and staff at the EIBF should be congratulated on the creative pairing of these two writers whose work shares similar themes for an inspiring discussion. The new novels by Hannah Beckerman and Bev Thomas are both intensely emotional family dramas about strained relationships between parents and their children.

Kate Atkinson, Beside the Seaside, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Review

This sell out event in the New York Times Theatre, Kate Atkinson was in conversation with Lee Randall.

In 1995 Kate Atkinson won the Whitbread Book of the Year prize for her debut novel, “Behind the Scenes at the Museum,” followed by a clutch of eminent awards for her fiction and not least an MBE for services to literature.  “Case Histories” was the first crime novel featuring Jackson Brodie, private investigator and macho action hero but an emotional softie under the skin. 

Alice and the Little Prince, Pleasance, Review

Two characters, separated by time and space meet for the first time in the world-wide premiere of Alice and the Little Prince. Both beloved personas, each belonging to extraordinary tales which capture the imagination of children and represent deep, meaningful reflections of society, friendship and happiness for adults. It’s surprising that this premise isn’t performed more often as it works so well.