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The Grand Dame of British crime writing comes to Edinburgh via the House of Lords to tell us just why she's so keen on bloody murder. Words: Brian Donaldson

lt's drffrcult to rmaqrne murderous thoughts brewrnc; rnsrde the head of Baroness James of Holland Park, better known as PD. James. Yet, after a crrrnrnal career of the lrterary brand spannrno 37 years and srxteen books, she rs more lrkely to be found foragrnq around rn old churches than being holed up rn a lrbrary, attemptrnc) to fathom the mrnds of the latest serral krllers Prolrfrc she may be,

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much more with weaponry and violent events, and the women are more interested in motive and characterisation. ' P.D.James

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Get your bookmarks ready for the Book Festival’s highlights.

Irvine Welsh

The Spiegeltent, Tue 18 Aug, 7.30pm, £7 (£5)

l-lrbs' most famous fan asrde from Mb, The Proclarmers and Frnley Quaye -- reads from hrs latest work, the approprrately entrtled Fr/th Now that the hype has dred down and the backlash rs well under way, thrs may be the trme to look at hrs work With some measured analysrs

James Ellroy

The Post Office Theatre, Fri 21 Aug, 11.30am, £6 (£4); 7.30pm, £7 (£5) Two events from the godfather of late 20th century pulp frctron The frrst rs a chance to meet the man who penned such classrcs as Whrte Jazz and L A COrrfrderrtral, whrle the second sees hrrn talkrng abOut hrs vrsron of the Crlmrnal and polrtrcal hrstory of the USA.

Ralph Steadman

The Post Office Theatre. Sun 23 Aug, 11.30am, £6 (£4)

In the same week that Fear And Loathrng rs screened at the Frlm Festrval, the orrqrnal book's Illustrator talks about Gonzo -- The Art, hrs partnershrp Wrth Hunter S. Thompson and the work he has produced over a 30-year perrod for the lrkes of Punch and Roll/pg Stone

Nick Hornby

The Post Office Theatre, Tue 25 Aug, 11.30am, £6 (£4)

Arsenal's most famous fan - asrde from Melvyn Bragg, Mrchelle Gayle and Paula Yates grves hrs own take on the notron of 'relatronshrps' rn the 90s Hrs latest book, About A Boy takes hrs past obsessrons ~- mu5rc and football - and fuses them rnto a tale of male rrresponsrbrlrty

Grtta Sereney

The Spiegeltent, Sat 29 Aug, 3.30pm, £6 (£4)

Grtta Sereney rs no stranger to controversy, but her books on Franz Stangl commandant of Treblrnka and Albert Speer Hrtler's archrtect are teddy bears’ prcnrcs compared to her last one, Cries Unheard, The Story Of Mary Be//_ Here, she explarns JUSI why the story had to be told.