Giants of fiction set to take centre stage at the festival

Simon Scarrow, one of Britain's bestselling historical novelists, comes to the Book Festival to talk about the fascinating tale of the Great Siege of Malta in 1565, which he has recorded in his latest book The Sword and the Scimitar.
Simon Scarrow, one of Britain's bestselling historical novelists, comes to the Book Festival to talk about the fascinating tale of the Great Siege of Malta in 1565, which he has recorded in his latest book The Sword and the Scimitar.
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There is a mouth-watering selection of the best of British fiction writers on the menu for this year’s Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival.

The names of Mosse, Scarrow, McCall Smith and McIlvanney are up there with the best.

Picture by Chris Watt 07887 554 193'Writer Alexander McCall Smith in Botswana where the filming of "The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency" is taking place.''Director Anthony Minghella.''Lead actress Jill Scott''Lucian Msamati as JLB Matekoni

Picture by Chris Watt 07887 554 193'Writer Alexander McCall Smith in Botswana where the filming of "The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency" is taking place.''Director Anthony Minghella.''Lead actress Jill Scott''Lucian Msamati as JLB Matekoni

Simon Scarrow – Departing from his acclaimed Roman novels, Scarrow tells the fascinating tale of the Great Seige of Malta in 1565 in The Sword and the Scimitar. Thursday, June 13, at 7.45pm. Tickets (£10, £8 conc).

Alexander McCall Smith – The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection is the 13th tale from the No1 Ladies Detective Agency author and reveals McCall Smith in great form.Thursday, June 13, at 7.30pm. Tickets (£14, £12conc). Sponsored by Knight Frank.

William McIlvanney – The godfather of so-called ‘Tartan Noir’ crime fiction, McIlvanney has been massively influential and his first visit to the festival should be a cracker.Saturday, June 15, at 9.15pm. Tickets (£10, £8 conc).

Kate Mosse (see opposite) – Sunday, June 16, at 7.30pm. Tickets (£14, £12 conc).

For all tickets, contact 0844 357 1060 or visit www.bordersbookfestival.org

z We have been asked to point out Countryside Kitchens is sponsoring Lady Claire Macdonald’s appearance at the festival.