We had a date at the Borders Book Festival on Friday, there to attend the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book Awards (and there's a certain irony to this in that we were invited as guests of the sponsors because Mr. C. is an investment manager, not because his wife actually writes about books. Oh well, I know my place....). Enough of that and to business, and the winner of the overall prize of the evening was the very entertaining American professor, Donald Worster, for his book A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir.
Next day, the festival played host to the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction. I wasn't at that event, though I'd like to have been as there was a very strong shortlist (the link there should take you to it) which included one of my favourite books from last year, Iain Pears' Stone's Fall; in the end, the winner was another of my top favourites, Wolf Hall.
My pictures of the lovely festival grounds are here.