The Edinburgh International Book Festival

I’ve been looking at the Edinburgh Book Festival site and wondering if there is anything worth going to see. There are certainly loads of authors visiting it, unfortunately I haven’t heard of most of them.

This is completely my fault I’m sure because I do tend to concentrate on books written by people who are very dead, so it would be a sensation if any of them did turn up in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh is about 40 minutes from us by car and we did go last year because my husband wanted to go to a S.F. reading, but I just mooched around in the bookshop and ended up using a book voucher which I had been given for my birthday.

Of all the writers attending, I’ve only read:

Christopher Brookmyre
Joyce Carol Oates
Louis de Bernières
Fay Weldon

Am I being madly blasé about this whole thing just because it is on my doorstep? I know that some people will be travelling from very far afield to visit it. I just don’t seem to be able to get excited about it.