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‘The best time to plan a book is while you’re doing the dishes’ - Agatha Christie


>l< Ian Rankin Scotland’s most lauded crime writer is turning into Parky: last week he interviewed Boris Akunin and this week Mark Lawson gets the treatment. He also makes an appearance to talk about his own work. 21 Aug, 6.30pm, £8 (£6); with Mark Lawson, 1.30pm, £7 (£5).

* Michel Faber The brilliant Scottish-based Dutchman has a new short story collection and three Book Festival appearances on the boil. See feature, page 10. With Mick Jackson, 24 Aug, 10.15am, £7 (£5); Imprisoned Writers, 24 Aug, 5.30pm, free; with Kamila Shams/e, 25 Aug, 4.30pm, £7 (£5).

* Corinne Mater Middle managers are pointless and hard work is a waste of time. That‘s Corinne Maier's point of view. anyway. Hello Laziness, her guide to doing bugger all in the office, has been a bestseller in her native France. See preview, page 13. 22 Aug, 7pm, £8 (£6).

>l< Andre Brink The legendary South African author makes a rare appearance at the Book Festival promoting his new novel Praying Mantis, the story of a bushman ordained as a priest. See preview. page 14. 20 Aug, 17.30am, £7 (£5). 27 Aug, 7.30pm, £8 (£6).

* Carlos Fuentes Last year's big cancellation should be one of this year‘s star turns. The Mexican master discusses his fiction and non-fiction. See preview, page 16. 19 Aug, 11.30am, £7 (£5).

>l< Don McCullln The great war photographer now focuses his lens on landscapes and still life. His latest book, Don McCu/Iin in Africa, contains photographs of people from the wilder corners of Ethiopia and Sudan. See preview, page 12. 21 Aug, 1.30pm, £7 (85).

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