Autumn Reading Review Part I

I read for pleasure and that is the moment I learn the most.

~ Margaret Atwood

Since my last reading review post, I have worked my way through a further 12 books in hard copy, on Kindle and in audio format.

I thought it might be kindest to you, dear reader, if I spilt up this latest summary of reviews into two posts, so that I can avoid any fear of you passing out with fatigue while trying to work your way through comments on all these tomes in one go.

So here, for your delectation, are my thoughts on the first six….

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Books, Glorious Books!


I cannot live without books.

~ Thomas Jefferson

I mentioned in my last reading review post that I was looking forward to attending several events at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival.  What a bibliographic feast!

I love the atmosphere at this festival.  It is peaceful and calm, yet humming under the surface with anticipation, enjoyment and wonder at all the riches which the literary world has to offer.

I attended four events:  a recording of the BBC’s Open Book programme, hosted by Mariella Frostrup and written about in this post;  and author events with Lionel Shriver, Jessie Burton and Susan Fletcher, and Tom Gauld.

They were all wonderful, in very different ways.  Lionel Shriver spoken incisively, intelligently and comprehensively about her fears for western society in the short and medium future, building on the theme of her latest book The Mandibles.  Jessie Burton and Susan Fletcher compared notes about art, celebrity and identity when discussing their books The Muse and Let Me Tell You About A Man I Knew.  Tom Gauld was fascinatingly fulsome in sharing a range of images which inspired his book Mooncop, along with thoughts on the process of developing a graphic novel.

He was also very generous with his time and skill when it came to the book signing session.  He drew a small picture for each person.  Here is mine.


I cannot tell you how much pleasure this gives me.  Mr Gauld was prepared to have a proper discussion with me about how to develop a love for graphic novels, the colours chosen for his book and the clever conveying of emotion with just a few strokes of the pen.  Fabulous!  I am already looking forward to next year’s festival. 🙂


Edinburgh’s Summer Festivities

We are having a glorious few days here in Edinburgh at the moment.  Such good weather creates the perfect backdrop for enjoying all that our wonderful summer festivals have to offer.

All fingers and toes were very much crossed for the opening of the Edinburgh International Festival.  This was an event called Deep Time, and it was projected onto the side of Edinburgh Castle.  Here is a recording of this amazing creation:

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