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Edinburgh International Book Festival 

 The Book Festival welcomes around 900 authors from over 60 countries each year including novelists, poets, scientists, philosophers, sportsmen, illustrators, comic creators, historians, musicians, biographers, environmentalists, economists, Nobel and Booker prize-winners and many more besides. Each year it is set in a specially created tented village in the heart of Edinburgh bringing readers and writers together for inspiration, entertainment and discussion. 

Sadly this year’s Festival, which Noble Caledonia was due to support for the first time this August, is unable to take place and so we thought we would bring to you some of their digital offerings instead.


Neil Oliver

With Britain considering its future, who better to turn to for historical perspective than Neil Oliver. His latest book is part history lesson, part travel guide and part love letter to the British Isles. From ancient woodlands to blood-soaked battlefields, prehistoric coastlines to the Millennium Dome, the engaging historian, archaeologist and broadcaster explores the nation’s fascinating, turbulent past in this event filmed live at the 2019 Edinburgh International Book Festival.


 Sue Perkins speaks to Ruth Wishart

After her sell-out Book Festival appearance in 2016, beloved broadcaster Sue Perkins is back to take us all East of Croydon. Her new book charts her odyssey through South East Asia; a journey which took her along the great Mekong River through Thailand, Cambodia and beyond for a BBC series. Armed with ‘zero practical skills’ but a limitless supply of wit and cheer, Perkins’s experiences make for hilarious stories which she shares in this event recorded live at the 2019 Edinburgh International Book Festival. Chaired by Ruth Wishart.



George Alagiah speaks to Allan Little

Join popular BBC broadcaster George Alagiah as he takes off his reporting hat and plunges into a new career as political thriller writer, drawing on his knowledge and experience of working in Africa. The Burning Land sees South Africa torn apart by propaganda and murder as one of the country’s bright young hopes is slain. Two childhood friends reunite in order to fight for the soul of their nation. This event, filmed live at the 2019 Edinburgh International Book Festival, is chaired by BBC special correspondent Allan Little.


Robin Knox-Johnston speaks with Ruth Wishart

Throughout his 80 years, Robin Knox-Johnston has never quenched his thirst for adventure. Not content with being the first man to circumnavigate the globe alone on a non-stop voyage in 1969, he repeated the feat 12 years ago aged 68, becoming the oldest person in the world to do so. Knox-Johnston’s globetrotting life is laid out in his autobiography Running Free which he discusses with Ruth Wishart in this event filmed live at the 2019 Edinburgh International Book Festival.



Victoria Hislop speaks with James Runcie

Victoria Hislop’s Those Who Are Loved is another sure-fire bestseller set amid tumultuous Mediterranean history. Themis survives the Nazi occupation of Greece only to become embroiled in the ensuing civil war. Her communist connections land her in a prison where she’s forced to give birth. Sensitive and insightful about women’s experience of the trauma of war, Hislop shows she's at the top of her game. She talks to James Runcie in this event filmed live at the 2019 Edinburgh International Book Festival.


Max Hastings speaks with Magnus Linklater

In 1975, military historian Max Hastings boarded a helicopter out of Saigon during the Final Evacuation. He chronicled the controversial conflict in his bestselling Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, a compelling account foregrounding the personal stories of those affected and laying bare the horror of a war that still weighs heavy on the American conscience. In this event filmed live at the 2019 Edinburgh International Book Festival, Hastings shares his eyewitness testimony with Magnus Linklater.


View more festival talks here