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Crime Authors to check out at the Edinburgh International book Festival Thursday 27th to Monday 31st August Post four



Asne Seierstad

3.45pm  Study of a Norwegian Mass Murderer

Scottish Power Foundation Studio

£10.00 (£8.00)

The shocking murder of 77 people in Norway in 2011 brought Anders Breivik’s name to International notoriety, Norwegian author Asne Seierstad famous for her novel The Bestseller of Kabul attend Breivik’s trail, interviewed a group of survivors and discusses her new book One of Us, a gripping, shattering and vital study of a brutal massacre with journalist Allan Little.

William McIlvanney

6.45pm The Poetry in Everyday Scottish Lives

Baillie Gifford main Theatre

£10.00 (£8.00)

William McIlvanney is regarded as the father of contemporary Scottish Crime Fiction and it is a triumph that his landmark novels including Laidlaw and Docherty are now back in print. At the same time he is a skilled and thoughtful chronicler of Scottish working class life and writes in a style that underlines his exquisite literary abilities, that reinforces the argument that he is one of Scotland’s greatest living writers. Chaired by Ruth Wishart

Quintin Jardine

8.15pm Crime Continues to Pay

Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

£10.00 ( £8.00)

This is a year for two landmark novels from Quintin Jardine, Last Resort is the 25th novel in the Bob Skinner Series and Mathew’s Tale is the 40th book he has written. Mathew’s Tale is also something special from Quintin jardine as it marks a fresh direction, a stand alone historical fiction set in 1818 Carluke, in which a solider returning from Waterloo embarks on a vengeance mission after a ghastly murder.


Mark Billingham

8.45pm  Local Anti – Heroes

Scottish Power Foundation Studio

£10.00 (£8.00)

In the latest Tom Thorne novel, when two school girls go missing in a Warwickshire town, the community goes up in arms when a local family man is arrested, Thorne and his partner Helen Weeks,who grew up in the town are sent to investigate but Thorne makes no friends, when he refuses to believe in the accused’s guilt.


Denise Mina

8.45pm  A Crime Writer at the Top of her Game

Scottish Power Foundation Studio

£10.00 (£8.00)

Denise Mina is more interested in why crimes are being committed rather than a simple whodunit. DI Alex Morrow faces exactly this challenge in the latest book in the series Blood,Salt, Water as she tries to work out what is behind the behaviour of her suspect. This is a gripping story of Greed, Power and Ulterior Motives set against a backdrop of drug smuggling and money laundering in Glasgow and Helensburgh. Chaired by Brain Taylor.


Friday 28th, Stuart David with Ian Rankin, Words and Music: Strut of the Indie Peacocks, 9.45pm, Baillie Gifford Main Theatre, £10.00 (£8.00)

Saturday 29th, Irvine Welsh, Ah’ve No Spoken to the Wee Radge in ma Puff!, 9.45pm, Baillie Gifford Main Theatre, £10.00 (£8.00)

Monday 31st, Christopher Brookmyre, The More You Have, The More You Have to Lose, 8.15pm, Baillie Gifford Main Theatre, £10.00 (£8.00)

Monday 31st, John Niven, Helping the Aged, 8.30pm, Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre, £7.00 (£5.00)

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