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Isla Dewar

Isla was born in Edinburgh, scene of many of her books. She has written sixteen and has been translated into seventeen languages.  Her second book was made into a film starring Helena Bonham Carter. She writes about families, relationships, misunderstandings, love, hate and other absurdities. Her hobbies are staring out of the window and daydreaming.  When she grows up she wants to be a blues singer. But she loves writing, loves words. She thinks she is the luckiest person in the world to do this for a living. She drinks too much coffee, lives in Fife with her husband, an illustrator and is a reasonable cook and has moments of unaccountable happiness.

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Isla Dewar

Isla Dewar

Isla will read from her latest book, 'It Takes One to Know One' and will talk about lost ambitions and the tricky business of finding yourself when you discover, as Charlie Gavin, hero of her book, did that you are not who you thought you were. He is a man who runs the Be Kindly Missing Persons Bureau and who is fascinated by families and mothers. Martha, his assistant and failed singer in a dreadful rock'n'roll band, rescues him. She will also talk about her adventures in the writing business.


Excellent. I’ll definitely be back next year. Sally Magnusson was so interesting and inspiring. The calibre of speakers was first class. Thanks so much.

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