Edinburgh’s biggest ever book signing?
Reviewed by John Simmons

Still on a Common Ground note, this month saw the launch of the book itself at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. The event was a spectacular success, selling out the 190-seat venue, with more eager punters waiting outside for returns. Chaired by Jamie Jauncey, the panel included John Simmons, Stuart Delves and Whitbread Prizewinner Ali Smith. With fellow contributors Richard Medrington, Lorelei Mathias and Sarah Burnett all in the audience, this led to a rather unusual seven-handed book signing after the event – a first even for the Edinburgh International Book Festival. It was good to see the whole concept really firing the imagination of the audience, who were all keen to chip in with their own suggestions for authors with whom they felt ‘common ground’. Great stuff. Next stop The Globe…