Remember when: Famous names play by the book

Michelle Naughton meets The Goodies (Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden) in 1976
Michelle Naughton meets The Goodies (Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden) in 1976
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IF we are not watching weird and wonderful Festival acts it seems a huge chunk of the city has its nose in a good page turner.

With the International Book Festival in full swing, there has never been a better time to embrace all things literary – as well as coming face-to-face with famous authors.

This week, Edinburgh book fans have had enviable opportunities to meet the likes of crime writer Val McDermid and broadcaster Andrew Marr, hearing them discuss their works and sign treasured copies.

Back in 1976 at the James Thin Bookshop, on South Bridge, it was the turn of city girl Michelle Naughton to meet The Goodies at a book signing event. Pictured here, the youngster met the famous trio of Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden.

Edinburgh is certainly no stranger to hosting literary greats, or to in-store book signings, as was the case when Michael Palin popped into town.

The much-loved celebrity opened the TSB Children’s Book Fair in August 1987, pictured here with fans in Charlotte Square Gardens. Watched on by many admiring followers, the Monty Python star cut a cake for the event, which was part of that year’s Book Festival.

Of course, he joins a long line of celebrities who have brought a smile to many a face as they have signed copies of their latest release for adoring followers to take home.

In March 1987, it was the turn of broadcaster David Attenborough to meet fans in John Menzies, in Princes Street, as his book First Eden was launched.

Some years earlier in October 1978, at the same store, TV presenter Noel Edmonds charmed crowds as he launched The Multi-Coloured Noel Edmonds.