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From satirical stocking fillers to trouble on Glebe Street, this year’s batch of hardback picture books brings Matt Meade out in a nostalgic sweat

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All annuals are out now.


>i< All Smith The Inverness- born. Cambridge-based writer reads from her Canongate myth. Girl Meets Boy. and discusses how mus:c influences her work. The Liquid Room. Edinburgh, Wed 12 Dec.

Jackie Kay The award, winning poet and author reads from Darling: New and Selected Poems. a recent collection which features tributes to everyone from Maw Broon to the late writer Julia Darling. National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, Wed 5 Dec.

>2: Annuals Rediscover your youth with a selection of the year's top hardbacked tomes. See preview. left. Various publishers.

>l< Oliver Sacks With Musicophi/ia, the acclaimed author and neurologist examines the power of music through the everyday experiences of his patients. See review. page 30. Picador.

as Alistair Findlay (ed) Get over the Scots failure to qualify for Euro ‘08 with an entertaining and thought—provoking collection of football poems. including entries by Edwin Morgan. John Burnside and William Mcllvanney. See review. page 30. Luath.

>i< Jason The cult Norwegian cartoonist features a time- travelling assassin attempting to rewrite history by getting shot of Adolf Hitler. Deadpan and enjoyable stuff. See review. page 31. Fantagraphics.

>t< Bryan Lee O’Malloy Pop culture references abound in this Canadian artist's tale of a 23- year-old slacker with no hope to speak of. Scott Pilgrim is no ordinary anti-hero. See review. page 31. Oni Press.

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