Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 837
Who: Sorry to disappoint, but no appearance from Dickens this year. But, the next best thing, perhaps, is the appearance of Eddie Izzard at the Book festival, reading from and talking about Pip's larks. Bonus points for anyone who gets their first edition Dickens signed by Izzard. You get two chances, as he's also doing a run at the Fringe.
So I Called Myself Pip, Charlotte Square Gardens, 10 Aug, 5:45pm
Expectations of Great Expectations (WIP), Assembly George Square Studios, 7 Aug–25 Aug, not 12, 13, 19, 20, 2pm
Happy Fat: Taking Up Space in a World That Wants to Shrink You by Sofie Hagen
Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4013
Who: The Danish comic and 2015 Best Newcomer is now a published author, gracing the Books Festival to talk about her memoir, Happy Fat. She's also back with a new show, The Bumswing, and if you don't catch those you can listen to her hit podcasts Made of Human and Secret Dinosaur Cult.
Telling Her Story, Charlotte Square Gardens, 17 Aug, 3:15pm
The Bumswing, Pleasance Dome, 31 Jul–25 Aug, not 12, 7pm
The Other Mother by Jen Brister
Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,7322
Who: Standup, writer, radio presenter, podcaster...and now author Jen Brister has been touring last year's justifiably sellout show, Meaningless, all year. Quite where she's found time to write a guide to parenting from a non hetero-normal perspective is anyone's guess. Brister is the titular 'other', i.e. non-biological mother to twins.
Under Privilege, Monkey Barrel Comedy, 1–25 Aug, not 12, 7:45pm
The Holy Vible: The Book The Bible Could Have Been by Elis James and John Robins
Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,488
Who: Are you on email? You simply have to be these days. Nope? Then you probably haven't been initiated into the world of Robins and James, whose podcast on XFM, and now BBC Radio 6 Music has amassed them quite a cult following. Robins just happens to be a previous Edinburgh Comedy award winner, while James is one of Wales' best known (and bilingual) comics. He's busy being a new dad this August, but Robins is back. Vibe on.
Hot Shame, Pleasance Courtyard, 1–25 Aug, not 12, 7:30pm
Diary of a Drag Queen by Crystal Rasmussen
Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,160
Who: You might know them better as part of Denim, the drag queens who have glammed their way to success at the Fringe over the past few years. Denim aren't here this year, but Rasmussen more than fills the gap with tales of life in song, dance and, apparently, a children's swimming pool. Her Nobel-nominated memoir sits on shelves alongside a new book, Unicorn, from her co-queen in Denim, Glamrou, also known as Amrou Al-Kadhi.
Crystal Rasmussen presents The Bible 2 (Plus a Cure for Shame, Violence, Betrayal and Athlete's Foot) Live!, Underbelly Cowgate, 1–25 Aug, not 12, 5:50pm
Brave by Rose McGowan
Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,977
Who: Bestselling author, Rose McGowan. Also, actor, activist, model – she's the one who got killed by the garage door in Scream. Her memoir, Brave, gives an account of her assault by disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein, and the aftermath. Her Fringe debut, Planet 9, moves forward positively and creatively from this horror, and is about creating new possibilities via a journey to a new planet.
Planet 9, Assembly Hall, 15–18 Aug, 1pm
Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay
Amazon Bestsellsers Rank: 149,358
Who: Who else but the poet, novelist, Scottish Makar and all-round wonder Jackie Kay. Her Memoir, Red Dust Road, has been adapted for stage by Tanika Gupta and premieres at the Edinburgh International Festival. It's about growing up in Glasgow to adopted parents and embarking on a 20-year search, all the way to Nigeria, for her real parents. It's directed by Dawn Walton, who also directed Fringe smash-hit Salt, by Selina Thompson.
Red Dust Road, The Lyceum, 14–18 Aug, times vary