August: A Month in Books

A Book on the Beach
Category: Reading

With only a month left of summer we have compiled a list of some of the best book and film releases to get you through the intermittent Scottish sunshine.


That Was a Shiver and Other Stories, James Kelman, 3 August

Booker Prize winner James Kelman’s That Was a Shiver consists of a series of short stories that are daring and touching. Examining the humanity of everyday life, these stories highlight Kelman’s enduring talent.

I Know a Secret, Tess Gerritsen, 10 August

After the investigation of a young woman’s death brings up uncertainties regarding a former case, Detective Rizzoli and Forensic Pathologist Isles must work to uncover the truth regarding the identity of the killer before further deaths occur. This is the twelfth novel in the Rizzoli & Isles series.

The Betrayals, Fiona Neill 10 August

The Betrayals is an examination into the consequences of a personal betrayal between two best friends. Told from the perspective of four members of the same family, the book deals with the loss of friendship, relationships and childhood innocence. The Betrayals effectively examines contemporary family life and asks whether some things can ever be forgiven.

Meat and Game, Tom Kitchin, 10 August

The latest cookbook from renowned Scottish chef, Tom Kitchin, offers a plethora of recipes for home cooking. From Partridge and Game Pie to Blackened Chicken tacos, these are recipes to return to time and time again.

Insidious Intent, Val McDermid, 28 August

The tenth book in the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series by award-winning author Val McDermid, Insidious Intent focuses on what initially appears to be a terrible car accident. However, after determining the accident was, in fact, murder, Hill and Jordan begin a dangerous hunt for the killer.

How Not to be a Boy, Robert Webb, 29 August

Dealing with themes of gender and loss, Robert Webb’s first book details his experiences growing up, his early days in comedy, losing his mother and becoming a husband and a father. Dealing with the absurd expectations placed on men at all stages of their lives, Webb’s book raises important questions regarding what it is to be a man and how damaging that can be to personal development.



Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, 2 August

Based on the comic book, Valerian and Laureline, this fast-paced adventure follows two special operatives racing to save a vast metropolis from a dark and deadly force.

Atomic Blonde, 9 August

Charlize Theron plays an undercover MI6 agent sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent in this adaptation of Antony Johnson's graphic novel series, The Coldest City.

The Dark Tower, 18 August

Stephen King's acclaimed novels finally make it to the big screen! Rumour has it this is meant to be the beginning of a joint film/television franchise.

Everything, Everything, 18 August

A teen who's been confined to her home her whole life falls for the boy next door. Based on Nicola Yoon's YA novel.


Dates for your Diary

Edinburgh International Festival, 4-28 August

Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 4-28 August

Edinburgh International Book Festival, 12-28 August

150th anniversary of the death of Charles Baudelaire, 31 August


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