Four Inspiring Women Writers

What could be more appropriate for the festival that is home to the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction than to have invited Paula McLain, a rising star of this genre of fiction. Love and Ruin tells the story of Martha Gellhorn’s marriage to the great American novelist, Ernest Hemingway. Herself a brave and immensely talented

Celebrity portraits on show in Melrose

Rarely shown portraits of famous actors, writers and other celebrities will soon be on show in an exhibition in Melrose. Running from 11 – 24 June, the exhibition will feature portraits of stars including Richard E Grant, Stanley Tucci, Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Saunders and Muhammad Ali. Shot by professional photographer Lloyd Smith over a period

On the Front Line with the Women Who Fight Back

On the Front Line with the Women Who Fight Back is a book by one of Britain’s most loved TV documentary makers, Stacey Dooley. In this superb new book she shares her encounters with incredible women fighting back around the world: Yazidi women in Syria, sex workers in Russia, victims of domestic violence in Honduras and

Charles Spencer & Antony Beevor

Seventeenth century British history comes alive in Charles Spencer’s To Catch a King: Charles II’s Great Escape. It races along, telling the story of the greatest manhunt in our history. In 1649 Charles I was beheaded and, after the defeat of royalist forces at the Battle of Worcester, his son and heir seemed certain to

A legend writes about legends: Archie Macpherson 

A legend writes about legends. In his Adventures in the Golden Age: Scotland in the World Cup Finals 1974 – 1998, the legendary commentator who covered all of Scotland’s eighteen matches in the finals, reveals a fascinating story of personality clashes, managerial rages, nocturnal antics, BBC rows and the shadiness of FIFA. This year the

Dinosaurs, Big Tech and Shapeshifters

Dinosaurs, Big Tech and Shapeshifters all embody the amazing range of the Borders Book Festival’s non-fiction offering. This week we introduce you to three writers who are all brilliant communicators, and all are unmissable. As well as being a leading palaeontologist, Steve Brusatte also writes wonderfully well and has produced a fascinating account of The Rise

Frank Quitely and Mark Millar – Comic Book Legends

Bestselling Scottish writer Mark Millar is the man behind many of the biggest comic book titles and their movie adaptations in recent years. He is the author of Kingsman: The Secret Service, Kick-Ass and Wanted, which have all been made into major Hollywood films. He also created Wolverine: Old Man Logan and Civil War, Marvel’s two biggest selling graphic novels ever. The first inspired