Saraband authors at Edinburgh International Book Festival 2017

Posted on July 7, 2017

Six of Saraband’s authors will be appearing at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival, taking place in August.

Here’s the full line-up of events featuring our authors. To book tickets, just click on the event title.

1. Michael J Malone and Martin Holmén


Sun 13 Aug 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Our thirst for compelling European crime fiction seems unlikely to ever be quenched, so thank goodness for the likes of Martin Holmén and Michael J Malone. The former’s Down for the Count is a no-holds barred Swedish thriller about a former boxer hell-bent on vengeance having just been released from jail, while the latter’s Dog Fight has been dubbed as Glasgow’s Fight Club. Chaired by Joe Haddow.

2. Russel D McLean & Karolina Ramqvist


Mon 14 Aug 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Two women are left picking up the pieces when their boyfriends disappear leaving behind debt, danger and despair. Russel D McLean’s fantastically entertaining modern noir, Ed’s Dead, has bookshop worker Jen accidentally killing her drug dealer boyfriend. The White City is the celebrated bestseller from Karolina Ramqvist, an intimate portrayal of a woman’s downfall through her complicit relationship with the world of crime.

3. Barry Smith & Malachy Tallack


Tue 15 Aug 12:30pm – 1:30pm

You may not know that islomanes are an actual thing, but Barry Smith, the author of The Island in Imagination and Experience, would certainly consider himself one. His love of islands has existed for as long as he can recall and he aims to translate that enthusiasm into this event. He is joined by Shetland-raised Malachy Tallack, the acclaimed writer of Sixty Degrees North, who has most recently written The Un-Discovered Islands, exploring the myths and mysteries of forgotten lands from Atlantis to Antilla. Chaired by Rosemary Burnett.

4. Jim Crumley & Christopher Nicholson


Wed 16 Aug 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Two seasons in one afternoon. In The Nature of Winter, acclaimed nature writer Jim Crumley looks at how Scotland’s wildlife copes with the chill, dark days of dormancy. Joining him is the author of Winter and The Elephant Keeper, Christopher Nicholson, who presents his first non-fiction book, Among the Summer Snows, walking the Cairngorms in meditative search of the ‘beautiful, thought-provoking and enigmatic’ white patches.

5. His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet


Sat 19 Aug 8:00pm – 9:30pm

In 1869, a brutal triple murder in a remote Scottish Highland community leads to the arrest of a young man. Graeme Macrae Burnet’s brilliant bestseller asks what drove young Roderick to commit such merciless acts of violence. Today, in a co-production with Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre, we present a theatrical exploration of scenes from the book with music, followed by a discussion with Macrae Burnet and members of the creative team. Part of the Playing with Books series of events.

6. Xiaolu Guo & Brian Johnstone


Sun 20 Aug 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Two acclaimed writers turn their focus on the confusion and complexity of childhood, both seeking to understand the actions of their parents that still resonate deeply in adulthood. Novelist and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo charts her journey from a tiny village in China to the UK, while Scottish poet Brian Johnstone, in his book Double Exposure, reassesses his childhood following unexpected revelations after his parents’ deaths. Chaired by Rosemary Burnett. This is a Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Event.

7. Michael J Malone & Agnes Ravatn


Sun 27 Aug 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Dark secrets and past sins link the latest novels by Scotland’s Michael J Malone and Norway’s Agnes Ravatn. In Malone’s A Suitable Lie, a widowed father finds love again, but his new bride may not be all she seems. Ravatn’s The Bird Tribunal sees a woman exiled to an isolated fjord. There she begins an obsessive relationship with a curious stranger. Two compelling psychological dramas.