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The Book Festival is in full swing now. Our very own Ali George has been there to see one of her literary heroes A.L.Kennedy, and has written about it here. Also The Guardian has a round up on its Book Blog of what to see today – which includes Ian Rankin.

At The Edinburgh International Festival Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-up Bird Chronicle at The King’s is getting mixed reviews including a 1 out of 5 from The Independent, four stars from The Telegraph and three stars from our reviewer, David Kettle. Not exactly an easy read, Murakami’s novels often deal with dark subjects, but the adaptation to stage has not been universally approved by the critics.

The Caledonian Mercury claims that house prices in Edinburgh which are the most expensive in Scotland have gone back to the level they were at about four and a half years ago. Good news for dinner party chat.

The BBC reports that some recently hatched chicks have been saved on Howdenhall Road earlier today.

Ahead of Thursday’s Council meeting when trams are again on the agenda, Brian Ferguson writing in The Scotsman warns that many small businesses could face financial disaster if the tram works proceed.