For the last few years, Russel has been chairing events at the Edinburgh book festival, but 2017 marks the first year Russel will appear at the festival as himself, talking about his latest book, Ed's Dead. Russel will be appearing alongside the brilliant Karolina Rmaqvist, whose novel, The White City, is "an intimate portrayal of a woman’s downfall through her complicit relationship with the world of crime." Word on the street that keeping us in check will the be absolutely fantastic Kirsty Logan.
You can buy your tickets for the event on the 14th August right here. Go on, do it now. You know you want to.
In addition to this, Russel will be attempting to keep order as he chairs the following fantastic events:
Jorn Lier Horst and Denzil Meyrick (13 August)
Peter Robinson (15 August)
Kjell Ola Dahl and Alex Gray (18 August)
M R Carey and Joe Hill (20 August)
Sometimes an author builds up a small collection of their books, and feels the urge to give some away to deserving readers. Recently, Russel was reorganising his bookshelves and noticed a few extra copies of some of his books were still sitting around. So, he though, why not run a competition to win one?
But competitions are always more fun when there's a little challenge involved. These days, authors rely more and more on reviews online and recommendations from readers to sell books, so Russel has come up with a cunning quid pro quo: simply write a review any of his books, and Russel will enter you into the draw to win a signed copy of any one of his books you like (from the list below).
The rules are simple: post your review of any of Russel's books on Amazon, Goodreads, Waterstones, your blog... whatever works best for you (any and all of these are easy to do)... and send Russel a link to that review along with a contact email address using the contact form below. After the closing date on Tuesday 18 July (one month from today) Russel will pull a name from the hat and send that lucky person the signed book of their choice (so, for example, you could review THE GOOD SON and ask for a copy of ED'S DEAD, or vice versa).
Due to various restraints, this competition is currently open to UK readers only.
The books available as prizes are:
And When I Die
The Lost Sister (UK version)
The Lost Sister (US bound uncorrected proofs)
The Good Son (UK version - 2nd edition)
The Good Son (US hardback edition)
Father Confessor (UK edition)
Mothers of the Disappeared (Large print edition)*
Cry Uncle (Large Print edition)*
Expletive Deleted (Paperback edition - this is a multi-author collection, but will only have Russel's signature!)
You can enter using the form below. Good luck.
(Please note, your email address and contact details will not be handed out to any other persons or organisations if you enter this competition).
*Don't ask me why I only have the large print editions left, but there we go...