With such a fabulous line-up of authors coming to this year’s Ilkley Literature Festival, sales of books are set to soar.
But how do you know if the book you are buying is as good as the blurb says it is?
The Pickled Egg has teamed up with book review website www.thebookbag.co.uk to ensure festival goers get the best value for money from their favourite authors.
The Book Bag has a huge international readership – and it’s all run from Ilkley! The site has been publishing reviews of books from every genre for over six years and has a panel of more than a hundred hand-picked reviewers.
Some sixty thousand people call in every month to see what’s new and the site has over 10,000 followers on Twitter. The founders of the site are dedicated to books and want to encourage everyone to read lots more.
So far authors from Ilkley Literature Festival 2012 whose books have been reviewed by the site include;
Poet Simon Armitage,
Author Jake Arnott,
Broadcaster Clare Balding,
Booker prize winner Pat Barker,
Author Andy Briggs,
Beer writer Pete Brown,
Crime writer Ann Cleeves,
Music journalist Nick Coleman,
Children’s author Louisa Young (aka Zizou Corder)
Spooky fiction writer Fiona Dunbar,
Broadcaster Gavin Esler,
US fiction writer Richard Ford,
Author Patrick Gale,
BBC radio producer Colin Grant,
Author Romesh Gunesekera,
Novelist Georgina Harding,
Joy Division basist Peter Hook,
Author and illustrator Curtis Jobling,
Journalist Penny Junor,
Food writer Prue Leith,
Crime writer David Mark
Author Stephen May
Poet Andrew Motion
Politician Chris Mullin
Historian John Julius Norwich
Travel writer /comedian Michael Palin
Children’s author Michelle Paver
Yorkshire author Ross Raisin
Horror writer Darren Shan
Human Rights Lawyer Clive Stafford Smith
Journalist Frances Wilson
Journalist Louisa Young