Updated: Apr 10, 2020
There is one Edinburgh festival that is always in my diary - Edinburgh International Book Festival. It's always jam packed with events that are intriguing, interesting, factual and some even hilarious. This year did not disappoint with yet more events that were inspirational and also empowering. It's the last day of this magical event. You may have missed some of the talks, but here are some of the books to look out for.
The Best of Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019
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Running Free - Robin Knox-Johnston
50 years ago sailing legend, adventurer Robin Knox-Johnston single-handed circumnavigated the world on a non-stop voyage in 1969. The achievement not only took place in the same year but is compared to the moon landings. Twelve years ago Robin went on to repeat this epic and dangerous voyage aged 68, becoming the oldest person to ever do so.
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Read the incredible tales in Running Free, how he survived the mammoth waves crossing the Atlantic Ocean, losing radio contact and bailing out buckets of water of 32-foot (9.8-metre) boat Suhaili. Are you holding on for the white knuckle ride?
Would you like to circumnavigate the world? Join Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Seize the moment, unleash the adventure.
Robin Knox-Johnston ©imagecomms
Work Like A Women - Mary Portas
With the 'me too' movement still firmly in thought Mary Portas strikes while the iron is hot with new book - Work Like A Women. Empower yourself, be bold and embrace how you can be you, compassionate, caring and all women while in the work place. Reshaping the work environment to benefit both sexes.
Mary Portas ©Edinburgh International Book Festival
You're Not Broke You're Pre-Rich - Emilie Bellet
Empower yourself and your financial future with - You're Not Broke You're Pre-Rich. The session was filled with loads of great information on investments, saving and even app's. Demystify your money get wise with smart advice. As they say knowledge is power. What are you waiting for?
Blundering Through Asia - Sue Perkins
Travel isn't always glamorous. Join Sue as she recaps her journey through Asia even with episodes of dengue fever and typhoid all with a limitless sense of wit and cheer.
Get ready for the hilarious stories - East of Croydon, Blundering Through Asia
Sue Perkins ©Edinburgh International Book Festival
The Nocturnal Brain - Guy Leschziner
I don't know about you but I have always been fascinated by the world of sleep, lucid dreaming, sleep walking and talking. Did you know many young children go through episodes of sleep talking? Read the incredible case studies where some characteristics have gone to the extreme. Such as when one women has driven of on her motorbike into the night and back again only to discover her nocturnal activities the next day at breakfast!
This fascinating, factual book The Nocturnal Brain by Dr Guy Leschziner might be one for daytime reading!