The best books, comics & events
Denise Mina & Leonardo Manco The queen of Tartan Noir (as Mina probably hates being dubbed) makes her debut trip into graphic novels with Hellblazer: Empathy is the Enemy, which features the chain-smoking Constantine relocating to Glasgow. Vertigo/Titan. Read review
Alan Grant & Cam Kennedy A very impressive attempt at squeezing RLS’ Kidnapped into the graphic form as the rollicking story is brought to vivid life. Waverley Books. Read review
Niall Griffiths The gritty author puts the long-standing shackle of comparisons to Irvine Welsh right behind him with Runt, the tale of an odd kid from the city holing up with his uncle in the countryside. Jonathan Cape. Read review
Anthony Swofford The man behind the memoir Jarhead goes hard on more war matters with this tale of two very different souls caught in the middle of conflict. Simon & Schuster. Read review
One Book - One Edinburgh The campaign to get RLS’ Kidnapped firmly in the nation’s psyche begins in earnest. Various venues, Edinburgh, Thu 1 Feb-Thu 1 Mar.
Alan Spence The talented polymath entertains you with the emphasis on The Pure Land, his tale of a Scot done good in Japan. North Edinburgh Arts Centre, Edinburgh, Fri 2 Feb.
We Love Books More Mina action as Denise joins forces with Laura Marney to chat about the whole books business, all in aid of Dyslexia UK. Waterstone’s, Glasgow, Mon 12 Feb.