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Edinburgh International Book Festival Finale

Updated: Mar 11

This year the Edinburgh International Book Festival was bigger and better than ever with more events extending onto George Street. There were so many entertaining and informative events to choose from including political figures, Nicola Sturgeon, and great literary authors such as Alexander McCall Smith. Charlotte Square was a hive of activity throughout the three weeks, with sunny intervals arriving in time to relax and enjoy a refreshing ice cream or perhaps something a little stronger in the form of a glass of Edinburgh Gin. It all passed as quickly as it had arrived, a whirlwind bringing laughter, hope, faith, genus, and much more. If you missed it, here is a small recap.

The Spiegeltent, Charlotte Square ©MDHarding

Edinburgh International Book Festival Finale

India & Pakistan: 70 Years On

The history of the world's most infamous diamond, with three countries fighting over it. Currently at home in the UK with the other royal jewels. Last seen during the coronation in 1952. When It was re-sized to fit into the royal throne. Once one of the largest gemstones in the world, larger gems are still being found today. Discover more about the sought-after gem in KOH-I-NOOR written by William Dalrymple and Anita Anand.

KOH - I - NOOR ©MDHarding


In true style and humour Alexander McCall Smith gave us a brief interlude of his new lively stage musical based on life in Zimbabwe, still a work in progress but definitely one to watch out for with Its warm, fun, catchy-themed music and lyrics.

Looking for a book with lots going on? The Susan Effect written by Peter Hoeg is full of drama, secrets and powerful people not wanting to be found.

Tales of strange events taking place in the Himalayas, ghostly goings-on, and full of atmosphere. Are you looking for a spellbinding mysterious story? Thin Air was written by Michelle Paver

Rated the most romantic story of the year by the Richard and Judy Book Club - Under a Pole Star written by Stef Penney. An air of exploration and adventure, where two people meet in the most unlikely of places.

Stef Penney - Under A Pole Star ©MDHarding