Politician Alister Jack has exchanged the intrigues and dramas of Westminster for the page-turning storylines on the book shelves of Wigtown.
The Scottish Secretary and Dumfries and Galloway MP, an avid reader, praised the organisers of the annual 10-day Book Festival which attracted thousands to the small Solway coast town.
He and his wife Ann were shown round by artistic director Adrian Turpin and operational director Anne Barclay as the festival reached its climax at the weekend.
The event attracted high-profile authors, who were guest speakers, including former Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson and Labour ex-Minister Alan Johnson.
Mr Jack, highlighting the benefits to the local economy, said: "The festival and Wigtown's book town status have been a real success story and are going from strength to strength.
"Hotels and guests houses were filled up throughout the festival and, as well as the resident book shops and other businesses, there were many pop-up attractions.
"Of particular local interest was the Map House venue where there was an interesting display of Galloway towns and villages and their Gaelic place name meanings."
Pictured: Scottish Secretary Alister Jack, second from left, with wife Ann, left, and artistic director Adrian Turpin and operational director Anne Barclay