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Interview: Limmy on being a dad and his Overwatch addiction

Fresh off the commute from Glasgow, Brian Limond, aka Limmy gets in one question before we begin our interview.

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Karl Ove Knausgaard will be appearing at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Picture: David Hartley/Rex

Stuart Kelly: Knausgaard’s latest work opens a can of worms

In nearly 20 years of reviewing I do not think I have read a work as supremely preposterous as (obligatory reference) the bestselling author Karl Ove Knausgaard’s new work, Autumn. I say to date advisedly, as we are threatened with three more volumes of this.

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Crime writer Lin Anderson

Author Lin Anderson talks about her latest release

Former McIlvanney Prize nominee Lin Anderson takes Dr Rhona MacLeod out of her comfort zone literally as well as metaphorically in this latest book to feature the forensic scientist, with a trip to the heights of the Cairngorms in the depths of winter.

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Denise Mina tells the story of serial killer Peter Manuel. Picture: contributed

Book Festival: Scots authors ponder the borders between fact and fiction

TWO fine Scottish writers pondered the questionable borderlands between fact and fiction at the Book Festival on Thursday evening.

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From left, Heather McDaid, Elif Shafak and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Picture: PA

Book Festival: Elif Shafak and Nicola Sturgeon on speaking from the heart

TOP Turkish novelist Elif Shafak is one of the guest programmers at this year’s Book Festival. Introducing her event about women in public life on Friday morning, she spoke of a need for “new narratives, people who give us hope and vision, a better approach that depends not only on the mind but the heart: we need more women to express their opinions”.

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Siri Hustvedt - feminist critic, thinker and novelist - believes truth is less certain than we think. Picture: Greg Macvean

Siri Hustvedt believes truth is less certain than we think

Until 7 November, said Howard Jacobson, he had never written out of anger. Envy yes – that was what got him going in the first place, being envious of other people who had written books – and these days he has added “ignominy, old age, and shame” to his stock fictional territory.

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Lib Dem leader Vince Cable was thoughtful and bluster-free.

Vince Cable proud of his new novel

Shortly after losing his seat in the 2015 general election, Vince Cable started writing a novel.

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Stuart Maconie promises he won't be taklking at us like an OJ lecturer. Picture: Contributed

Interview with the man who made Britpop

Stuart Maconie, the man responsible for coining the term Britpop – or at least for being the first to apply it to the mid-90s indie explosion spearheaded by Blur and Oasis – is probably best known for his radio double act with Mark Radcliffe, disseminating a comforting presence and great music taste for the past ten years, firstly on BBC Radio 2 and now on 6 Music.

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Lars Mytting's novel The Sixteen Trees of the Somme will make you see walnut trees in a new light

Book review: The Sixteen Trees of the Somme, by Lars Mytting

A saga stretching from Norway to Scotland has ingrained appeal, writes Roger Cox

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Roy Hattersley. Picture: Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty Images

Age hasn’t lessened Roy Hattersley’s ability to enthral

Roy Hattersley is 85 now, and age is catching up with him. He is, he said, at that time of life when he begins to wonder what’s next, even though as an atheist he is sure: nothing.

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Omar Robert Hamilton 's debut novel mirrors his real-life role filming Egypt's failed revolution. Picture: Sam Waxman

Omar Robert Hamilton discusses his ‘terrifying’ first novel

Over three years during Egypt’s Arab Spring protests, Omar Robert Hamilton set up and ran the media collective, Mosireen (the name is a play on “determined” and “Egypt”), making YouTube videos chronicling the protests in an antidote to state television’s take on events.

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Jackie Kay's poetic voice is in demand - some of which will be seated in October

Festival director: Scotland needs a rethink to suit the digital age

We need to rethink Scotland,” said festival director Nick Barley yesterday morning, introducing Andrew O’Hagan – “one of the best essayists, not just in Britain but in the world” – as just the man to do so.

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Bernard MacLaverty moved from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 1975 and theTroubles lie behind all of his novels. Picture Robert Burns

Bernard MacLaverty on the story behind his new novel, Midwinter Break

It was in January 2001 that Bernard MacLaverty, on a city break in Amsterdam with his wife, stepped off a busy thoroughfare and found himself in an extraordinary place. The Begijnhof dates from the 14th century, when it was built as semi-monastic community for lay women.

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Alexander McCall Smith at the Book Festival. Picture: Alistair Linford

Alexander McCall Smith is top dog for productivity

How much can a writer produce in a day? If productivity is where it’s at, Edinburgh’s Alexander McCall Smith has got to be near the top of the leader board, averaging 1,000 words an hour, with the hours between 3am and 6am rated particularly productive.

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Iain Martin revealed RBS boss Fred Goodwin's lack of reading.

Iain Martin: RBS chief Fred Goodwin never looked at a book

‘Why would I care about a book? I don’t read books.” A susurrus of disapproval ran around the Main Tent. Which great leader of society could possibly have said something like that?

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Bernard MacLaverty is better known as a short story writer. Picture: Robert Burns

Book review: Midwinter Break, by Bernard MacLaverty

With the ability to reveal whole lives in a short time period, Bernard MacLaverty’s wise and beautiful book was worth the wait

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Michael Pedersen's new collection Oyster is illustrated by Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit

Book review: Oyster, by Michael Pedersen

Michael Pederson has love on his mind in 
this brilliant collection, writes Roger Cox

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Alexander McCall Smith revealed plans to turn his No 1 Ladies Detective Agency novel into a musical.

Alexander McCall Smith reveals plans for stage musical

Author Alexander McCall Smith has announced he is to turn one of his most successful creations, the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, into a brand new musical.

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Judy Murray was appearing at the Edinburgh International Book Festival today.

Judy Murray fears Andy may not play 'for much longer'

Andy Murray’s mother has admitted she is worried he is not going to be playing professionally “for much longer”.
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Book Festival review: Paul Auster at 70

American writer Paul Auster is one of the most hotly-anticipated guests at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival, requiring the festival to branch out from Charlotte Square to the 1,350-seat Kings Theatre, in partnership with the Edinburgh International Festival and the British Council. But those who hoped that the cult New York novelist would offer insights on the current American political situation were disappointed.

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