Hitlist - the best Festival book events
Michael Palin To hook into his BBC show New Europe, the ex-Python guy will be calling in to sign copies of the book of the same name. Waterstone’s, Edinburgh, Mon 15 Oct.
Alasdair Gray With Old Men in Love having just dropped onto the nation’s shelves, get along to one of these events to see a Scottish literary legend in the flesh. Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Fri 12 Oct; Borders Books, Glasgow, Sat 13 Oct.
Jackie Collins Joan’s sis pops by to chat about her quite literally unbelievable career and her latest affair, Drop Dead Beautiful. It’s not often you get someone with this level of glamour in these parts, so make the most of it. Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Wed 17 Oct.
Wesley Stace The man also known as John Wesley Harding knocks up a daring tale of ventriloquism. Jonathan Cape.
Helen Mirren The grand dame of British drama stops polishing her Oscar for a minute to deliver a glossy and literate memoir about her life from Southend-on-Sea to the Hollywood Hills. Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
Nicolas De Crécy In Glacial Period, this former colleague of Sylvain Chomet brings us a cryptic tale about some explorers stumbling upon a mystical building isolated in a future ice age. NBM/Comics Lit.
Heath Robinson The iconic English cartoonist has his absurdist humour gathered up in a bumper collection called Heath Robinson’s Helpful Solutions. As ironic a title as it gets, obviously. Cartoon Museum.