Brian Ferguson’s diary: Christopher Brookmyre | Winter Olympics
CRIME writer Christopher Brookmyre, one of the biggest draws at the Book Festival each year, usually brings along a few tales of how the famously fruity language in his books has gone down around the world. He was pleased to hear from his American publisher that his debut Quite Ugly One Morning had sold 7000 copies for the Kindle on Amazon – only to discover that some of the reviews left on the website were less than complimentary.
He brought along a few of his one-star reviews, including: “While I expect some foul language in a book, I did not expect the language to be as coarse and frequent as it is – I stopped reading the book and removed it from my device.”
Another verdict was more concise: “Closed book after first word of first chapter.”
Stand-up for boycott
THE international row over Russia’s anti-gay laws reached the festivals on Sunday when film star Rupert Everett told his audience in Charlotte Square that he was backing calls for a boycott of the Winter Olympics.
Now comedian Mark Thomas has decided to instigate a stand-up gig in the street outside the Russian consulate in Edinburgh.
Among those due to perform between 2:30 and 3:30pm tomorrow are Stephen K Amos, Susan Calman, Joe Lycett, Zoe Lyons, Dana Alexander and Chris Coltrane.
Thomas says: “It is important that in the festival we don’t lose sight of the daily struggles for equality and dignity. We stand with LGBT activists and human rights advocates against Russia’s state-sponsored homophobia. It will also be a hoot, so come along.”
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