The top five events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh Book Festival is in full swing

There’s still more than a week of the country’s biggest and best literary extravaganza left to go. Here are Country Life’s top picks for what to see when you’re there. To book tickets for any of the events below, telephone 0845 373 5888 or visit the Edinburgh International Book Festival website


Sunday 17
Tony Bradman on All Quiet on the Western Front
The writer, reviewer and editor takes a closer look at Erich Maria Remarque’s classic account of the First World War. A Folio Society Event.
1pm, followed by 2.30pm Writers’ Workshop, £12


Monday 18
No Repetition, Hesitation or Deviation
Nicholas Parsons, host of Radio 4’s much-loved Just a Minute, talks about his new book on Britain’s longest-running radio show, and looks back fondly on some of his favourite moments from the past 46 years of broadcasting.
1.30pm, £8

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A Haven for the Traditionally Built
Country Life favourite and Edinburgh native Alexander McCall Smith discusses his new books, The Forever Girl and Fatty O’Leary’s Dinner Party, as well as the next instalment of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series and his upcoming re-imagining of Jane Austen’s Emma.
8pm, £10. Also Wednesday 20 at 6.30pm


Tuesday 19
Life in the Crossfire
Veteran reporter Kate Adie discusses her career, which has taken in the Lockerbie disaster, the Tiananmen Square massacre and the conflict in former Yugoslavia, with fellow BBC journalist Allan Little.
8pm, £10


Sunday 24
‘War. Germany Act’
Jeremy Paxman, whose new book, Great Britain’s War, examines the realities of life in the UK between 1914 and 1918, will be talking about the fundamental changes experienced by every section of society during the conflict.
11.30am, £10


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