Edinburgh Book Festival 2018

Hi everyone! A different blog post today, though on Thursday I’ll be posting a review, as I thought I would talk about the Edinburgh Book Festival. I’ve been going for a few years now and it never ceases to entertain me. There are books and authors I have never heard before, and old favourites given a new lease of life. It’s this bookworm’s dream.

A quick mention to the Edinburgh Cocktail Festival as well; I only discovered it last year but I already love it. I would have taken photos but I was so caught up in the martinis and mojitos I completely forgot. If I drank your stall dry this weekend, I’m so sorry.

After a couple (or maybe more) cocktails, we headed to the Book Fest. My friend and I were lucky as when we arrived Rosemary Goring was about to chat about the Muriel Sparks novel The Girls of Slender Means. Events were held throughout the festival to mark the centenary of Sparks’ birth; and though I must confess I have never read any of her works, she is still an author that intrigues me and would love to try. This notion was reinforced when hearing Goring speak, as she was so eloquent and passionate about the novel. It made me want to pick it up even more. Afterwards she signed books in the bookshop within the festival grounds (there is another just outside the entrance) and she was really engaging.

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A small sample of the Fiction section in the bookshop 
Though I sadly never got to attend any of the events; this year had the theme of ‘Revolting Women’ which Glasgow Women’s Library helped to organise. In the wake of the #MeToo movement it felt comforting in a way to know about talks and workshops discussing these issues; obviously others have had it far worse than myself, but I felt I was not alone in being harrassed for the first time.

Without lingering on something depressing to end this post, I thought I would share my haul from the festival. Not going to lie it’s mainly novels – what else would you expect from me? – but they are quite different from one another. The books are:

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Swan Song by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott

Snap by Belinda Bauer

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi

Wrestling with the Devil: A Prison Memoir by Ngugi wa Thiong’o

Rin, Tongue and Dorner by Rich Shapero (which was being given out for free at the entrance!)

Have you read any of these? Is there a particular book I should bump up my TBR? Or alternatively, one I shouldn’t touch with a barge pole? Let me know!