Sunday, 19 August 2012

Day 9

I'm told there is a word hidden in the term "Book Festival". A word beginning with "B" and ending in "ook".

When I eventually figured out what this word was, I decided to spend some time today asking lots of people at the Book Festival a simple, joyous little question -- what are you reading at the moment?

So my list of discoveries today is substantial, and consists of what books are being devoured by Book Festival authors, staff, press, and, of course, members of the public, both young and not-so-young. And they're all bundled in together, because book-lovers are book-lovers, no matter how famous.

If you're looking for book recommendations right from the heart of the Book Festival, this is the list for you. Though don't try to read them all unless you have very, very, very eclectic tastes...

'Pulphead' by John Jeremiah Sullivan
Rob (in the press tent)

'Embassytown' by China Miéville
Teresa Flavin (author)

'The Moon and Sixpence' by W Somerset Maugham
Kapka Kassabova (author)

'Ambition to Meaning' by Wayne W Dyer
Vicky (journalist)

'The Beautiful Indifference' by Sarah Hall
Roland (Programme Manager)

The Redbreast by Jo Nesbø
Kristen (in the signing tent)

'The Betrayal' by Helen Dunmore
Nicola Morgan (author)

'Channel Sk1n' (an e-book) by Jeff Noon
Chris (photographer)

'N-W' by Zadie Smith
Nick (Book Festival Director)

'Gladiator' by Simon Scarrow
Nathaniel (aged 12)

'Violence' by Slavoj Žižek
Ewan Morrison (author)

'The Beano Annual 2012'
Sorley (aged 7)

'Bloodstone' by Gillian Philip
Daniela (Sorley's mum)

'International Private Law'
Lula (Front of House Supervisor)

'This is Not About Me' by Janice Galloway
Liz (in the bookshop)

'The Terror of Living' by Urban Waite
Mike (in the queue for Main Theatre)

'Midnight Swimmer' by Edward Wilson
Frances (Press Manager)

'The Impossible Dead' by Ian Rankin
Mike (in the queue for Peppers Theatre)

'Hawthorn and Child' by Keith Ridgway
Ian Rankin (author)

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