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Edinburgh Events and Reading Groups

We're delighted to bring our all-year-round Literary Festival to our new bookshop in Edinburgh. We have a packed calendar which ranges from readings in the bookshop to evenings with literary stars.

Antony Beevor

Tuesday 31st May, 8pm

Join us for a memorable evening as Sir Antony Beevor will be discussing his latest book Russia: Revolution and Civil War 1917-1921. Sir Antony was educated at Sandhurst, where he studied military history under John Keegan. A regular officer with the 11th Hussars, he left the Army to write. His now celebrated works have appeared […] See more »

Climate Fiction Reading Group

Monday 6th June, 7.30pm

Please note that places for this reading group are very limited. If you book a place and can’t make it, we would be grateful if you could let us know as soon as you can so that we can offer your place to someone else.   We are excited to announce the return of the […] See more »

Elif Batuman

Thursday 9th June, 8pm

**Please note that this event has been moved to the Ukrainian Community Centre.** Elif Batuman joins us to discuss her new novel Either/Or, the highly anticipated sequel to her acclaimed first novel The Idiot. In Either/Or, we return to the story of Selin, a tall, highly strung Turkish-American from New Jersey who embarks on a […] See more »

#CookForUkraine Supper

Monday 13th June, 7.30pm

“What place does food – always life-giving and often joyful – have at a time of such shocking and bloody invasion. Perhaps more than you’d first think.” says Caroline Eden, journalist and author of Black Sea.  Cook for Ukraine is a fundraising initiative founded by food writers Olia Hercules and Alissa Timoshkina to “increase awareness of the humanitarian crisis the […] See more »

Ella Risbridger

Tuesday 14th June, 8pm

Ella Risbridger is the author of award-winning memoir and cookbook Midnight Chicken. She joins us to celebrate its sequel, of sorts, The Year of Miracles. The Year of Miracles is a cookbook about a year in the kitchen. A year of grief and hope and change; of fancy fish pie, cardamom-cinnamon chicken rice, chimichurri courgettes, quadruple carb […] See more »

Mo Wilde

Wednesday 22nd June, 8pm

Join us for the launch of Mo Wilde’s The Wilderness Cure in the bookshop. The Wilderness Cure is a captivating and lyrical journey into our ancestral past, through what and how we eat. This is Mo Wilde’s account of the year in which she made a quiet but radical pledge: to live only off free, foraged food. […] See more »

Chetna Makan

Thursday 23rd June, 8pm

Chetna’s accessible cooking style has charmed many of us since her first appearance on our screens in The Great British Bake Off. Since then, she has written several bestselling cookbooks – including Chetna’s 30 Minute Indian and Chai, Chaat & Chutney – that combine her creative flavours with a love of simple Indian home cooking. […] See more »

Steve Brusatte

Friday 24th June, 8pm

Please note this event will now take place on Friday 24th June. Professor Steve Brusatte is the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs. He is a palaeontologist at the University of Edinburgh School of GeoSciences, and he joins us this June to speak about his latest book The Rise and […] See more »

Robert Crawford

Thursday 30th June, 8pm

Distinguished poet Robert Crawford joins us for his long-awaited second volume on T. S. Eliot, the revolutionary modernist and visionary poet, who was also a deeply troubled man. In this compelling and meticulous portrait, Robert Crawford completes the story he began in Young Eliot. Drawing on extensive new sources and letters, this is the first […] See more »

Reverend Richard Coles

Monday 4th July, 8pm

Join the Reverend Richard Coles for an evening of vicars, rude old ladies, murder and sausage dogs, celebrating Murder Before Evensong, the first novel in his Canon Clement Mystery series. Canon Daniel Clement is Rector of Champton. He has been there for eight years, living at the Rectory alongside his widowed mother – opinionated, fearless, ever-so-slightly […] See more »

Derek Gow

Tuesday 5th July, 8pm

The author of Bringing Back the Beaver, Derek Gow, joins us to speak about his latest book Birds, Beasts and Bedlam. The ‘radical rewilder’ tells us all about the realities of rewilding; how he reared delicate roe deer and a sofa-loving wild boar piglet, moved a raging bison bull across the country, got bitten by […] See more »

Philip Ball

Wednesday 13th July, 8pm

Without human minds there would be no physics, biology, philosophy or literature. Yet there remains no conclusive explanation of how the parts and processes of our brain give rise to the thoughts, feelings and sensations which characterise our lives. This is the central mystery of The Book of Minds: How to Understand Ourselves and Other […] See more »

Jill Nalder

Thursday 14th July, 8pm

Jill met the crisis head on . . . She held the hands of so many men. She lost them, and remembered them, and somehow kept going. – Russell T Davies, creator of It’s A Sin. When Jill Nalder arrived at drama school in London in the early 1980s, she was ready for her life […] See more »

Juno Dawson

Thursday 21st July, 8pm

This July, Juno Dawson brings us the first book in her new fantasy series – her first written for adults. Her Majesty’s Royal Coven follows a top secret government department of witches and the deadly threat to the nation that they must confront. It’s a story of ancient prophecies and modern dating, of sacred sisterhood and demonic […] See more »

Sabrina Ghayour

Wednesday 3rd August, 8pm

What a pleasure it is to be welcoming Sabrina Ghayour to the bookshop for the first time this August! Sabrina is the author of the award-winning, Sunday Times bestselling cookbook Persiana. She’ll be joining us this summer for her all-new collection, Persiana Everyday, a book filled with recipes for generous, inviting, crowd-pleasing cooking for friends and family. […] See more »

Dan Jones

Monday 5th September, 7.30pm

Dan Jones is the bestselling author of 10 non-fiction books, including The Templars, The Colour of Time and Powers and Thrones. Now, he turns his attention to fiction, and he joins us this autumn for his debut novel Essex Dogs. July 1346. The Hundred Years’ War has begun, and King Edward and his lords are on the march through France. But […] See more »

Maggie O’Farrell

Tuesday 6th September, 8pm

The brilliant Maggie O’Farrell joins us this autumn to celebrate her new novel The Marriage Portrait. In 1560s Florence, the third daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici is free to wander the palazzo at will, wondering at its treasures and observing its clandestine workings. But when her older sister dies on the eve of marriage to […] See more »

Florence Given

Monday 12th September, 7.30pm

Florence Given, author of the international bestseller Women Don’t Owe You Pretty, joins for her explosive debut novel. Girlcrush is a dark feminist retelling of Jekyll & Hyde, a wild, weird and seductive modern-day tale. In Girlcrush, Eartha must learn to navigate life as an openly bisexual woman whilst also becoming a viral sensation on Wonderland, […] See more »

Simon Heffer on Chips Channon’s Diaries

Wednesday 14th September, 7.30pm

Sir Henry ‘Chips’ Channon has been described as “the greatest British diarist of the 20th century”. This final volume of his unexpurgated diaries fully justifies that accolade, and we’re delighted that Simon Heffer will join us again in Edinburgh to guide us through it with his expert commentary. This third and final volume begins as […] See more »

Raynor Winn

Thursday 15th September, 7.30pm

Raynor Winn’s first book, The Salt Path, detailed her and her husband Moth’s experience of walking the South West Coastal Path following Moth’s traumatic medical diagnosis and their subsequent homelessness.  Since then, they have become regular long-distance walkers and Winn’s books on nature, homelessness and wild camping –  The Salt Path and The Wild Silence – have both reached Sunday Times bestseller […] See more »

Don Paterson

Thursday 15th September, 8pm

T.S. Eliot Prize winning poet and University of St Andrews Professor of Poetry, Don Paterson, will join us this autumn for his latest collection The Arctic. Two years since his previous collection Zonal, we are delighted that Don will be joining us in the bookshop to celebrate his latest, encapsulating collection. The Arctic is the bar […] See more »

Chris Brookmyre

Monday 19th September, 7.30pm

From the author of The Cut and one half of Ambrose Parry comes a brilliant new thriller. Chris Brookmyre is back with The Cliff House, where a secret-infused hen weekend becomes deadly. Jen’s hen party is going to be out of control… She’s rented a luxury getaway on its own private island. The helicopter won’t be back for […] See more »

Kit de Waal

Thursday 22nd September, 8pm

Kit de Waal is the award-winning author of My Name is Leon, The Trick to Time, and Supporting Cast. Her work has been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and My Name is Leon won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year. Now she brings us […] See more »

Oz Clarke

Tuesday 11th October, 7.30pm

Join us for an evening of wine tasting with the brilliant Oz Clarke, as we celebrate the fully revised and updated edition of English Wine. The modern view of English wine is of a country amazingly blessed with vast tracts of soil suitable for viticulture, much of it almost indistinguishable from the chalky slopes of […] See more »

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