Edinburgh Festivals daily guide: Fringe First Awards | Haruki Murakami

Melanie Jordan in 'Sanitise, which has won a Scotsman Fringe First Award. Picture: Rich Dyson

Melanie Jordan in 'Sanitise, which has won a Scotsman Fringe First Award. Picture: Rich Dyson

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Today’s reviews include David O’Doherty, Paul Lewis and Joe Stilgoe, while Haruki Murakami is interviewed ahead of his Book Festival appearance and we have a competition to win tickets to The Trial of Jane Fonda - and meet Anne Archer.

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REVIEWS

Comedy: David O’Doherty Has Checked Everything

O’Doherty’s latest hour is broadly concerned with the quest for happiness and the paradox (to our somewhat malcontented host at any rate) that the pursuit of happiness is actually just a never-ending cycle of anti-climaxes

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Music: Joe Stilgoe: Songs on Film

Singer-pianist Joe Stilgoe’s Songs on Film show can be summed up in a two-word review: “Sheer joy”.

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Music: Paul Lewis

There are times when an all-Beethoven programme can be like overdosing on rich food. But the solo sonatas Paul Lewis chose for his solo piano recital were perfectly balanced.

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Book Festival: Alexander McCall Smith | Roy Hattersley

On the stage, Alexander McCall Smith is leafing through his latest Scotland Street novel, trying to find the right chapter to read, reading the headings to himself as he flicks through the pages “‘Pythagoras’s Trousers’ … ‘Bruce Goes For a Waxing’ … no, not that. Ah, here we are.”

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IN DEPTH

Scotsman Fringe First Awards: Second set of 2014 winners announced

The Fringe First awards recognise outstanding new writing premiered at the festival – here is our second set of winners

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The secret of Haruki Murakami’s success

Last year’s Nobel Prize favourite, Haruki Murakami is that rare thing – a writer whose popularity is not a function of other media, writes Andrew Crumey

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GUIDES

Everything you need to know about the Edinburgh festival fireworks

Exploding above the historical backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, this year’s firework concert is set to be even more colourful than previous shows. We run through all you need to know.

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COMPETITION

Win tickets to The Trial of Jane Fonda

We have two tickets up for grabs to see The Trial of Jane Fonda at the Assembly Rooms, plus the chance to meet and have a drink with the show’s star Anne Archer and writer and director Terry Jastrow

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BLOG

Video: Harvey, Garvey and the Kane

Sketch trio Harvey, Garvey and the Kane talk to us about being a debut Fringe act, making the first move and Trivial Pursuit.

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TOP RATED SHOWS

Scotsman festival reviews: Top rated of 2014

Want reviews that you can trust? Here you will find an overview of every Scotsman review published in 2014, arranged by star rating.

DAILY DEALS

Half-price Edinburgh Festival tickets

Today’s selection of half-price ticket deals for Edinburgh Festival shows, from The Scotsman and WOW247.

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