Books festival of the week: Edinburgh International Book Festival, Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh


Thirty years on from the first festival, more than 800 authors will be in Edinburgh for the world's biggest celebration of the written word.

Among the headline non-fiction events are Caitlan Moran, Stephen Grosz, William Dalrymple, Norman Stone, Paul Kildea, Jack Straw, Alan Johnson, Frank Dikötter and Nate Silver.

Fiction sessions feature Maj Sjöwall, Joe Sacco, Chris Ware, Jonathan Coe, David Peace, Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, Roddy Doyle and Niccolo Ammaniti, while Carol Ann Duffy, Glyn Maxwell, John Burnside and Michael Symmons provide poetry.

0845 373 5888;, to 26 August