Edinburgh Book Festival – And only 3 books bought

25 Aug

Ok, so I’m a little bit late this week with my Friday blog – which only started to be once a week last week, but hey, I’ve got pictures to compensate for my tardiness.

SUNDAY 11th of August

Over the past three weekends I’ve been shuttling backwards and forwards to Edinburgh to attend the Edinburgh Book Festival. First up, after an early start was Oliver James talking about his book Office Politics. Very interesting talk – looking at the triad of personalities which make everyone else’s life at work hell. Have I worked with any people who display the traits of psychopathy, Machiavellianism and/or narcississim? Maybe. Am I writing a book which may have such people in it. Maybe.

Next up an on the spot purchase of tickets to see Kari Herbert talk about her book on wives of polar explorers – Heart of the Hero, and Judith Mackrell talk about Flappers: women of a dangerous generation. (oh to be such a woman.) I think because the clothes were so fabulous I’ve always been quite fascinated by the 1920s, so it was good to hear about them and about the remarkable women of the generation before who were every bit as taboo breaking.

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SATURDAY 17th of August

Sometimes even the most literary among us just have to go and see their idols, so John Taylor it was. Just look at the photos and believe me – I was a happy girl.

 

SATURDAY 24th of August

Last, but no means least I get sensible again and go to see Margaret Atwood last night talking about the final book in her Oryx and Crake trilogy called Maddaddam. Wonderful talk by an absolute legend. She manages to make really huge issues like genetic engineering understandable because she makes them real. Sneak along a rather old copy of The Handmaid’s Tale to be signed as well, as it is one of my favourite books ever. P1010607

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