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Escape the rain in the world of books


Edinburgh International Book Festival

Escape the rain this weekend in the tented splendour of the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Credit Chris Scott.


OK, so the weather forecast for the Bank Holiday weekend doesn’t look so great and spending a sodden weekend under canvas may not sound like the sort of thing to float your boat but all tents were not created equal.


Entering its final weekend, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, in the tented village at Charlotte Square, will be buzzing with literati right up until Monday 27th August – rain, hail or shine.


Edinbugh International Book Festival audience in Spiegeltent

Start the weekend early with an hour of bookish banter.


Start the Bank Holiday by slipping away early to see Howard Jacobson: an hour of bookish banter and wry wit from Jacobson, winner of the Man Booker in 2010 for The Finkler Question. This time he introduces his new novel Zoo Time.


Friday 24 August, 3:00pm – 4:00pm, RBS Main Theatre

£10.00, £8.00


Africa, Oil and a 20 Billion Dollar Ransom: with titles like these it’s no wonder Wilbur Smith books are whipped off the shelves of airport bookstores by on average 3 million readers. This is Smith’s first appearance at the book festival, escapism and intrigue guaranteed.


Saturday 25 August, 10:00am – 11:00am, RBS Main Theatre

£10.00, £8.00


Browsing at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Browse the bookstore, enjoy a coffee and soak up the atmosphere.


Peter Ackroyd’s devotion to historical London is evident in both his fiction and biographical works. More recently he’s broadened his scope to tackle the enormous subject of the History of England across six volumes. With Tudors, his second volume he will no doubt prove again his mastery of history and his ability to write on the subject without a dry, or dull moment.


Sunday 26 August, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, RBS Main Theatre

£10.00, £8.00


Gavin Esler is a leading light in news journalism and has been a regular on Newsnight since 2003. He appears at the festival as part of the Information is Power series to discuss leadership narrative. He reveals how, through the stories they tell, the most successful leaders educate, persuade and bring about change.


Monday 27 August, 3:00pm – 4:00pm, RBS Main Theatre

£10.00, £8.00