So August is here and in Edinburgh that means one thing, festivals. Whether its comedy drama or music there’s something for everybody going on in Edinburgh this summer. But perhaps most importantly for Jean is Edinburgh’s international book festival which kicks off from the 13th of August and runs to the 29th. Whether or not you get a chance to go and see any of these authors this summer Jean is recommending three of her favourite authors who will be appearing at this year’s book festival and three of their recent works. First up is Kate Tempest who’s a poet and a rapper but this year she released her first novel which is The Bricks That Built the Houses. The story begins with four young Londoners all on the run from various different circumstances from jealous boyfriends to disgruntled drug dealers and the story travels back in time to follow the events that brought them to this place. From South East London to South Korea the next author Jean is recommending is Han Kang. The author of The Vegetarian translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith. This was Kang’s first novel to be translated into English and most recently won the 2016 international Man Booker prize. It follows a young married woman who after a disturbing dream decides to become a vegetarian. The story is far more complex than that however, it deals with the exploitation of our female protagonist by the men in her life and the relationship with one’s family. Lastly for Jean’s three books is Vertigo by Joanna Walsh, a collection of short stories. No words are misplaced in Walsh’s elegant use of language throughout these stories as she explores the everyday life experiences and relationships of women in different places and circumstances covering themes from family relationships to romantic relationships to ageing and physical experience.
Even though these are Jean’s short list from the festival, make sure you check out some of the other fantastic authors including appearing at this year’s book festival like Don Paterson, Kelly Link, Ali Smith, Jeanette Winterson, Harry Giles and Kat Banyard. Every year’s book festival is an example of the fantastic array of amazing authors out there.