Thursday 30 September 2010

Hydrophobia, Haircuts and Haunted Houses

The Independent reviews Val McDermid's TRICK OF THE DARK. And Val's on The Book Show's Off The Shelf. And here are her top 10 Oxford novels.

Stephen Fry will play Mycroft Holmes in Sherlock Holmes 2.

A very varied range of Alexander McCall Smith related items. Middletown, Ohio, is having a Botswana weekend and there will be an exhibit about Alexander McCall Smith's books. The man himself, meanwhile, was at the Goteborg Book Fair, and will be at the Boston Public Library on October 25th. He's also taking part in World Rabies Day, and congratulations are in order as he receives an award in Botswana.

The always funny Douglas Lindsay on when haircuts go bad.

Ian Rankin, Iain Banks and Quintin Jardine at the Lennoxlove Book Festival in November. And a reminder of the event at the Portobello Book Festival with Ian Rankin, Allan Guthrie, Doug Johnstone, Alice Thompson and Caroline Dunford.

The lovely Caro Ramsay talks about her diploma in forensic science, osteopathy, and living in a haunted house.

BookGeeks reviews M C Beaton's SNOBBERY WITH VIOLENCE, while at the other end of the spectrum the marvellously named Cinema Fromage looks at Denise Mina's graphic novel A SICKNESS IN THE FAMILY.

And thanks to all for your comments and e-mails on the Ramones story blogathon - I'm so looking forward to seeing everyone's stories! I've already seen one and it's a cracker.


  1. i'm down for Lennoxlove already. Portobello here' i come. who knows, i might even buy an ice cream and go for a paddle.

  2. Nigel - since I can't go, you could always write a report up about it for me :o)

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