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This article is from 2008.

Mohammad Hanif

Mohammad Hanif

Mohammad Hanif
The mysterious death of Pakistan’s President Zia is the start-point of a splendidly silly debut novel A Case of Exploding Mangoes. Certainly wins our vote for book title of the year. 12 Aug, 7.30pm, £6 (£4).

Danny Wallace
The Dundee-born renaissance fellow goes on another voyage of self-discovery by chasing down people he’s lost track with over his many years in showbusiness. Whether they like it or not. But usually they do. 13 Aug, 8.30pm, £9 (£7).

Halima Bashir
The terrors of Darfur are brought to vivid life with this survivor’s tale. 9 Aug, noon, £9 (£7).

Simon Singh
Is alternative medicine a life-saver for those who don’t want to pump pills into their bodies or a fad full of quacks and cheats? Dr Singh tells all. 10 Aug, 1.30pm, 7pm, £9, (£7).

Céline Curiol
Paul Auster is a big fan of this French author’s work and that’s plenty reason for you to be. 9 Aug, 6pm, £6 (£4).

Alex James
He lives in a house, a very big house in the country. But he’s still happy to reflect on his time with the Britpop icons. 16 Aug, 7pm, £8 (£6).

Steven Berkoff
In town to direct On the Waterfront, this iconic theatre figure shakes up the calm of Charlotte Square to discuss A Life in Food, his hearty tome from last year. 12 Aug, 8pm, £9 (£7).

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This article is from 2008.

Mohammad Hanif

The mysterious death of Pakistan's President Zia is the startpoint of a splendidly silly novel 'A Case of Exploding Mangoes'. Certainly wins our vote for book title of the year. 'Part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival'.

Danny Wallace

The Dundee-born cult leader talks about and signs copies of his latest book - this time his quest involved travelling the world looking for long lost schoolfriends. And probably making them sick with envy about how much cooler his life is than theirs. Tickets available from Borders book shop and online at…

Halima Bashir

The terrors of Darfur are brought to life with this vivid survivor's tale. 'Part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival'.

Simon Singh

Is alternative medicine a life-saver for those who don't want to pump pills into their bodies or a fad full of quacks and cheats? Dr Singh (he of the recent libel controversy) tells all. 'Part of Word 10'.

Celine Curiol

Paul Auster is a big fan of this French author's work and that's plenty reason for you to be. 'Part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival'.

Alex James

He lives in a house, a very big house in the country. But he's still happy to reflect on his time with Britpop icons Blur. 'Part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival'.

Steven Berkoff

In town to direct 'On the Waterfront', this iconic theatre figure shakes up the calm of Charlotte Square to discuss 'A Life in Food', his hearty tome from last year. 'Part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival'.

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