Hitlist - Books

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  • 2 July 2007

The best books, comics & events

• Armistead Maupin Back with a sequel of sorts to Tales of the City, Maupin’s Michael Tolliver Lives proves there’s plenty of fight in the old boy yet. Waterstone’s, Glasgow, Fri 6 Jul; Waterstone’s, Edinburgh, Sat 7 Jul.

• Janet Paisley In a swift shift of career gear, this Falkirk-based poet and playwright brings us her debut novel with White Rose Rebel, a Scottish romance set in Jacobite times. Waterstone’s, Glasgow, Thu 5 Jul.

• Rebus 20 Hard to believe that Ian Rankin’s steadily cantankerous copper has been treading his beat for two decades now, but that landmark is being celebrated with this special exhibition. Writers’ Museum, Edinburgh, Thu 5 Jul.

• Iain Banks The bearded sci-fi guy pops in for a Bridge Reading about The Steep Approach to Garbadale, his latest addictive family saga. The Augustine Church, Edinburgh, Thu 19 Jul.

• Christopher Hitchens In God is Not Great, the journalistic rabble rouser spills his venom onto everything and everyone of a religious bent, believing that it’s not just the odd faith here and there that has gone a bit wrong. A refreshing if semi-suicidal stance from a pal of Salman Rushdie. Atlantic.

• Peter Wild (ed) Getting a disparate bunch of writers to script a story based on song titles from the Fall is probably easier than coping with Mark E Smith for five minutes. Perverted by Language is the result. See preview. Serpent’s Tail.

• Woody Allen Over 25 years since Mr Konigsberg entertained us with his silly stories and surrealistic tales, he’s back with Mere Anarchy, a florid and funny collection of unadulterated daftness. See review. Ebury

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