Prior to last year, Philippe Sands was perhaps best known as the barrister who laid out a methodical take-down of the British government’s legal case for war in Iraq. In 2005’s Lawless World, Sands displayed a extensive knowledge of international law and legal history, something he would call upon again for the 2016 Baillie Gifford prize-winner East West Street. It is this latest book, a legal history-cum-memoir, which has brought him true international renown, and which drew a sold-out audience to hear him speak at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival.Read More
What’s the biggest challenge facing the editor of an iconic comic book? Steve MacManus and his successor David Bishop, both of whom were long-standing editors of British institution 2000AD, agreed that it was having to act as a buffer between firebrand creators and profit-obsessed management.Read More
Globalisation has been a hot topic in political and economic thought for over twenty years now, but its far-reaching implications for people in all walks of life are still unfolding, making it an excellent choice of topic for inclusion in the book festival’s ‘visions of the future’ thread. For this series of events, the festival has invited leading thinkers to speculate about the biggest issues facing humanity over the next few decades, and tonight’s speakers were of a suitably high calibre.Read More
The Book Festival’s Bosco Theatre is a creaking, wind-battered structure temporarily erected on George Street to ease some of the burden placed on the grounds of Charlotte Square during August. It is a venue more suited to hosting music or stand-up comedy than low-key author interviews, and exterior noise constantly assailing the theatre from nearby generators, drunken revellers and inclement weather frequently threatens to drown out the featured speakers. This is a particular issue with an author as softly spoken as science fiction luminary Stephen Baxter, but so interesting is his talk about writing The Massacre of Mankind, an authorised sequel to H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds, that we in the audience are happy to strain our ears.Read More
What is it that’s so fascinating about jungles? Within the atmospheric surroundings of the Edinburgh Book Festival’s Spiegeltent, chair Stuart Kelly suggested that the key similarity between Martin MacInnes’ debut novel Infinite Ground and Ned Beauman’s latest work, Madness is Better Than Defeat, was their preoccupation with the jungle as a elemental source of uncanny knowledge.Read More
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