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Illuminating. Captivating. Stunning.

When the fireworks cascade over Edinburgh castle on the Festival's final night, the magic begins…

Every summer, the Edinburgh International Festival attracts celebrated artists, musicians, comedians, and actors to the beloved Scottish city. Hundreds of thousands of people descend on the town to join in the magnificent celebration.
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Published August 7th 2007 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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I went through a huge Rosamunde Pilcher phase in high school and read all of her books. Which is somewhat odd as I'm pretty sure a high school girl wasn't really the demographic for her books, but I loved them. They were stories of people whose lives got entwined in interesting ways and somehow these chance meetings helped them solve whatever problems they were having. I was sure my adult life was going to include many house parties in Scottish mansions and trips to Cornwall after reading those ...more
Jul 06, 2014 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars...

His writing is definitely reminiscent of his mother's (whom I adore) but still different. For one thing, this book is set in modern times while Ms Pilcher's are of a"gentler" era. I did like how the main characters all intersect and the story ends on a happy note. Makes for a feel good book. But Don't read it expecting anything super deep. For fans of his mom, I say give him a try. I will read others of his. :)
Ana Duque
Demasiados personajes hacen que pierdas un poco el hilo. No ha llegado a convencerme la historia, la verdad.
Sid Frost
Nov 20, 2010 Sid Frost rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is a story about seven people and how their lives touch each other during the annual Edinburgh Festival. Tess, the recently married young woman who works for the Festival, Roger who does the fireworks for the closing of the Festival, Angélique, the young French violinist who performs at the Festival, Albert, Angélique 's manager who has kept tight reins on her, Rene, the mom turned comedienne who performs at the Festival Fringe, Leonard, the retired cameraman who ends up financing a film ma ...more
Iowa City Public Library
Robin Pilcher’s newest book takes us to Scotland and the Edinburgh Festival. Pilcher is the son of Rosamunde Pilcher, who wrote some of my favorite books including Coming Home and The Shell Seekers. Both authors use the British Isles as a background for weaving a strong sense of place and likable characters into enjoyable light fiction.

Robin Pilcher’s book reminds me of the recent Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy. Both are a series of chapters that weave many characters and stories together … th
Aug 07, 2010 JayeL rated it liked it
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Mar 09, 2014 Carlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-kindle
I'm now a huge fan of Robin Pilcher. This was a marvelous book, weaving stories of many characters into a beautiful whole set during the 3 weeks of the annual August Edinburgh festival. I have been to the Festival, seen the Tattoo and fireworks at the Castle so was easily able to place myself in the middle of the story. I cared about these people and cheered at their successes and cried when things didn't work out quite the way I expected. Must. Have. More!
Jul 27, 2016 Merry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star
Set amidst the real-life Edinburgh International Festival, Starburst brings together individuals from very different walks of life: an internationally known 21-year old violinist, her creepy manager, a charming college grad with rooms to rent, a comedienne trying for her big breakthrough, a retired cinematographer looking for one last comeback, a juvenile delinquent who is given another chance (or will he blow it?), a Film Festival marketing manager, a lawyer who goes out of his way to be nice t ...more
Wendell Hennan
The annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the venue for the characters to cross paths and become involved in each others lives. A lot of characters to keep track of and a bit of a happy ever after outcome for almost all of the artists, but still an enjoyable read about Angelique, a renowned young violinist, Rene a comedian, wife and mother of two, Tess who works for the festival and Jamie who is in a financial crunch and rents the rooms in his apartment to performers.
Mar 24, 2014 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book! It started off a little slow and there are quite a few main characters that the reader needs to keep track of, but then the book takes off and has an amazing ending. I love to read uplifting books, and this is definitely one of those. The author is creative, funny, and descriptive.
I read on a bumper sticker once: "Coincidence is when God wants to remain anonymous".
What a great bunch of characters whose lives are full of coincidence! The hopeful comedienne and the film maker caught me right away as those 2 interests are shared by my Charlie/Michael. I can almost smell the fireworks.
I will look for more from Pilcher.
May 29, 2011 Drick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The story takes place at the Edinburgh Arts Festival. Six different people come to the festival and their lives ae intertwined as they discover things about themselves. It was fun read but somewhat predictable.Also, unlike so many novels I read, all the people in this story are basically kind, good and caring. It was quite a change to have characters who thought about others, who9 went out of their way to be kind and who generally treated others with respect. I don't know if its "realistic" but ...more
Nov 24, 2007 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is set during the Edinburgh Festival, a series of festivals that take place in August in Edinburgh, Scotland. There is a large cast of characters that are introduced, and as the book progresses, they meet and forge connections. The characters range from a young violin virtuoso who is dominated by her controlling manager, a retired film photographer who is coming out of retirement to film one last movie, a young woman dealing with a new marriage and career, and a young tough trying to o ...more
Sep 18, 2008 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Julia by: Given as a gift
I am a pianist, so my review of this book may be biased due to the storyline being set in the Scottish city of Edinburgh. The Edinburgh International Music Festival which draws some of the largest groups of musicians, artists and fans is also one of the oldest and most prestegious. The story, which is very well written, is centered around a handful of people from varying classes and careers who become connected during the chaos of the festivities in an intreguing and romantic way. It was a novel ...more
Michelle Collins
Apr 12, 2014 Michelle Collins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Almost perfect. A wonderful story with only a few unexplored narratives. Heartwarming and one I will enjoy the memory of for a good long while.
Mar 25, 2009 Heidi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this book because I read An Ocean Apart and enjoyed it. It was a very different story from an Ocean Apart but similar writing style. There are a lot of characters in this book. I think a new one is introduced in each of the first 15 or so chapters (which aren't short). I was so curious how he was going to bring them all together. Okay, it has a violinist as a pretty main character in here too, which is part of the reason I choose this book. It was very good. I like all of the different cha ...more
Kathie H
Mar 16, 2009 Kathie H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young adults on up
I adore Rosamunde Pilcher (whom I've also met, along with her sweet longhaired dachshund Lucy). But I was reluctant to read her son Robin's books just because I liked his mother's. But this book was so good! I liked that one of the protagonists was a "real woman" (in other words, she wasn't a 98-pound waif who subsists on Jack Daniels & cigarettes). I enjoyed how the author weaved the ensemble characters together in interesting ways. I'll read more of Robin Pilcher. The narrator - John Lee - ...more
Alice Anne
a little slow getting started, but I really enjoyed how all the characters came together. I'd like to find something else by Robin Pilcher.
Aug 08, 2008 Bee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
I have to confess that Robin Pilcher, for me, had big shoes to fill because I am such a fan of his mother's books. That's pretty unfair, I realize! "Starburst: A Novel" sounded appealing to me, so I gave it a try. It is the story of a group of people whose lives collide at the yearly Edinburgh Festival Fringe. I had a hard time getting into it and had to keep looking back to see which character was which, but overall I enjoyed it, even though the ending was predictable to me. I wasn't as attache ...more
Jul 13, 2015 Lois rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an ideal book for summer reading, with interesting characters, a simple but satisfying plot, and the grand old city of Edinburgh as its setting.
Mar 20, 2015 Peg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A heartwarmer of a story. I loved all the characters and heartily recommend it.
Dec 22, 2010 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: about-uk
Another book given to me by Jaye. It came in useful for a lull between library books. I found it interesting, because it was set during the Edinburgh Festival, and I know someone who performed there this year. This one had a fairly large cast of characters, so all the story lines didn't quite gel. I like his style of spending a bit of time on the technical aspects of the various occupations portrayed. I was distracted by his description of a woman putting on her high-heeled boots before her jean ...more
Sep 16, 2008 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An eclectic cast of characters cross paths during the frenzied summer days of Edinburgh's August festivals. As the star violinist, the aspiring comedienne, the festival organizer and a host of other characters reach important turning points in their lives during the bustling last weeks of the summer, the city vibrates with excitement and energy. The story culminates in a dazzling fireworks display over Edinburgh's famous castle. Along with his compelling characters and engaging plot, Robin Pilch ...more
Feb 19, 2009 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story. I was looking for something uplifting and well... just nice! Maybe some people would say it has a lot of fluff and at times is a little predicable, but every once in a while you need a good one like this to lighten things up a bit. In the beginning he introduces so many new characters one after another it made me wonder how or if he was ever going to get back to them, but as the story progress it's fun to see how their individual lives connect with each other. Over a ...more
Jun 11, 2013 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Must be in the genes! He has talent as his mother. I think I read somewhere that he wasn't much of a writer. When it come to this book,I disagree. I love the way Robin Pilcher takes several different characters, brings them to life and weaves a fascinating story that involves them all. I listened to the audio version and the performer, John Lee was great. The story takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland, and the reader performs many different types of accents and ages. It is a heart-warming story, t ...more
Mar 15, 2014 Alison rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Trite, cliched, only plus was that it was set in Edinburgh.
Mar 09, 2016 Deelighted rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found the beginning of the book a bit slow and confusing with the character switches, but after the first 100 pages, I was hooked and couldn't put it down until finished!
Sara Smith
A book full of happy endings after struggles along the way.
Aug 16, 2016 Teddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a lovely story with great characters.
Aug 15, 2008 JayeL rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book because the characters were well developed, the backdrop of the Edinburgh Festival brought the various pieces together and the characters acted and reacted like normal people.

The various characters are all in Edinburgh in August to take part in the Festival in some way or another. Some are performers, some do work related to the Festival or just happen to live in Edinburgh. They all get intertwined while the book plays out the story of their individual lives.
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Robin Pilcher was born on 10 August 1950, the eldest son of author Rosamunde Pilcher, née Scott (aka Jane Fraser) and Graham Hope Pilcher, also he had a brother and two sisters. He has been a cameraman, a songwriter, and a farmer, co-managed a mail order business, and has had numerous other jobs. He lives with his wife and children near Dundee, Scotland, and in the Sierra de Aracena mountain area ...more
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