Kaite Welsh: It was always going to be in Edinburgh

Kaite Welsh is the author of The Wages of Sin (2017, Tinder Press), a historical crime novel following the exploits of Sarah Gilchrist, a medical student with a murky past. When Sarah believes one of her patients, a prostitute, has been murdered, she knows she is the only one willing to discover the killer. She must navigate the highest echelons of Edinburgh society and the depths of its slums, facing mockery, violence and misogyny along the way, before she can solve the crime. 

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Review: Paul Beatty and Ethan Canin, EIBF 2017

Saturday’s talk was a conversation between Paul Beatty, author of Man Booker prizewinning satire The Sellout, and Ethan Canin, author of A Doubter’s Almanac, chaired by Daniel Gray. Both books feature unconventional, even problematic, scientists and father figures, and both are set in California. It was a bit jarring to me, as a Californian, to find myself listening to two of my countrymen discussing works set there at such a remove. 

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Review: CN Lester and Juno Dawson, EIBF 2017

I’ll admit that, as a trans person myself, I might be just the smallest bit biased when choosing a rating, for what may be the first event at Edinburgh International Book Festival to feature two trans people on the same stage. As I sit waiting for the talk to begin, I’m finding it really heartening to see so many older people in the audience. I get chatting to the woman next to me, who looks about sixty. She feels the same way.

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