July 2016: The Month in Books
Looking for something to take on holiday or fill those many, many daylight hours? Read on!
Big New Book Releases
The Travelling Companion, Ian Rankin (7 July)
Ron, a recent graduate, gets the perfect summer job: working at the legendary Shakespeare and Company bookshop in Paris. But a meeting with a collector and the man’s mysterious assistant leads Ron down the path of reckless obsession.
Undying, Michel Faber (7 July)
In this collection of poignant poetry, Faber pays homage to his late wife, who died after a six-year battle with cancer. Bright, candid and tragic, they explore what it means to find the love of your life, and to ultimately let them go.
Dandy Gilver and a Most Misleading Habit, Catriona McPherson (14 July)
The eleventh outing of aristocratic sleuth Dandy Gilver sees her investigating the sinister goings on at a convent in Lanarkshire. Expect creepy moments and delightful humour in equal measures!
Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell (14 July)
Gaiman’s modern classic is being re-issued with glorious illustrations from Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell. It’s the story of Richard Mayhew, whose act of kindness in helping a mysterious girl found bleeding on the pavement leads him to a wild place filled with monsters, angels, and a Beast in a labyrinth.
Dirt Road, James Kelman (14 July)
A music-obsessed teenager and his recently widowed dad set out on an expedition into the American South in this novel that explores ‘the brevity of life, the agonising demands of love and the lure of the open road’.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One & Two: Special Rehearsal Edition, JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany (31 July)
The highly anticipated sequel to Rowling’s blockbuster series picks up where the epilogue of the final book left off. Harry is now a husband, father, and full-time Ministry of Magic employee, grappling with his past while his youngest son, Albus, struggles with the weight of his family legacy. Based on an original new story by JK Rowling, this adaptation by Jack Thorne and John Tiffany will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on 30 July.
Book Festivals and Events
Glasgow Comic Festival/ComicCon, 28 June-3 July
Indulge your love of all things graphic at this fiesta of films, comics and fandoms. There will also be book dealers, toy sellers, indie comic publishers and comic creators – everything your comic-loving heart desires.
Craigtoun Country Fayre, St Andrews, 2-3 July
Kick off the summer holidays with this fun, family-oriented event featuring storytelling, crafts, music and entertainment for everyone!
Wee Write!, Glasgow, 9 July
Wee Write, Glasgow’s Book Festival for Children and Young People, is bringing a day of inspiring reading events to Kelvingrove Bandstand. Enjoy a comical retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears; the Million Miles an Hour Show, featuring a fast-moving blend of poetry, magic, puppetry and stories; and stories inspired by the tales and characters of Roald Dahl.
Family Festival, Glasgow, July 6-10
A series of family events with storytelling, craft sessions and live entertainment. The theatre programme includes Funbox with Pirate Party, Grinagog Theatre's Row Your Boat and Wonderful Lapin by Tania Czajka. Visit eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk for more information and to book tickets.
Merchant City Festival, Glasgow, 30 July-7 August
The full programme isn’t out yet, but events will include family storytelling at the Tron Theatre.
The Legend of Tarzan (based on the stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs), 6 July
Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment. Kevin Smith directs an all-star cast that includes Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Samuel L Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Djimon Hounsou and Jim Broadbent.
The BFG, 22 July
Steven Spielberg’s highly anticipated adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved novel puts Mark Rylance (Cromwell in Wolf Hall) in the role of a kindhearted giant who refuses to eat children.
Date of Note
150th Anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s birth, 28 July
It’s Beatrix Potter’s birthday! The Lake District is celebrating with events for all ages, but if you can’t make it down there, why not have a celebration of your own? Maybe bake up a carrot cake and curl up with one of her classic stories!