Shock horror at the book festival

A pot that needed to be stirred A MILDLY RUDE word was shouted out at a literary festival recently. “Tosser” is the British equivalent of “jerk”. But though it’s a fairly gentle insult, the shocking thing was that it was heard at a writers’ gathering which is one of many events apparently timed to coincide with the world’s biggest book festival, in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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