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.

Bookshop Preview and an Evening with Val McDermid

Thursday 29th August, 8pm

The doyenne of crime writing joins us to celebrate her eagerly anticipated, electrifying thriller, How the Dead Speak. Come along to 2 Blenheim Place from 6.45pm for a glass of something and a sneak-peek at the bookshop under construction. Then we’ll head up to Greenside Church for a brilliant evening in the company of the […] See more »


Bookshop Preview and an Evening with Gyles Brandreth

Thursday 5th September, 8pm

Come along to 2 Blenheim Place from 6.45pm for a glass of something and a tour of the bookshop under construction. Then we’ll head across the road to Greenside Church for an evening with R4 legend Gyles Brandreth, starting at 8pm. We are thrilled to be hosting the launch of Gyles Brandreth’s new book, Dancing […] See more »


David Stafford on Winston Churchill

Monday 9th September, 8pm

An engaging and original account of 1921, a pivotal year for Churchill that had a lasting impact on his political and personal legacy.  After the tragic consequences of his involvement in the catastrophic Dardanelles Campaign of World War I, Churchill’s political career seemed over. He was widely regarded as little more than a bombastic and […] See more »


William Dalrymple

Wednesday 11th September, 8pm

In his most ambitious book to date, renowned historian William Dalrymple tackles the rise of the East India Company and one of the most supreme acts of corporate violence in world history. The Anarchy tells the remarkable story of how one of the world’s most powerful empires disintegrated and came to be replaced by a […] See more »


NEW DATE: Jon Sopel on the Trump White House

Saturday 14th September, 8pm

Please note that this event is now taking place on Saturday 14th September. If you booked places before this change, we will have been in touch to confirm the new date. Reporting on the Trump White House is a daily cacophony. Four major stories can blow up and blow out before breakfast, and political weather […] See more »


Robert Harris

Tuesday 17th September, 8pm

From the No. 1 bestselling author of Fatherland, An Officer and a Spy, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii and The Ghost comes this brand new historical fiction novel by Robert Harris: The Second Sleep. 1468. A young priest, Christopher Fairfax, arrives in a remote Exmoor village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land around is strewn with ancient artefacts – coins, […] See more »


Nikita Gill on Great Goddesses

Thursday 19th September, 8pm

Empowering life lessons from myths and monsters. Encounter rebel goddesses, stories of complex love and the mythical might of women as Nikita Gill takes readers on a magical journey. Inspired by ancient Greek mythology, discover the power and glory of the greatest goddesses. From the potent venom of Medusa and transformative sorcery of Circe to […] See more »


Ambrose Parry

Tuesday 24th September, 8pm

Early bird places for this event are sold out, and remaining places include a copy of The Art of Dying. Join us for a thrilling and dramatic evening, as we’re transported back to Victorian Edinburgh with The Art of Dying, with Ambrose Parry (also known as bestselling author Chris Brookmyre and consultant anaesthetist Dr Marisa […] See more »


Shamil Thakrar of Dishoom

Wednesday 25th September, 8pm

Early bird places sold out – last few places include a copy of the book. Shamil Thakrar is one of the co-founders of the wonderful Dishoom, and he joins us to celebrate the launch of the restaurants’ first cookbook, which holds the secrets to their much sought-after Bombay comfort food. In this charming and evocative […] See more »


Tom Mole on The Secret Life of Books

Thursday 26th September, 8pm

Books are far more than the words on their pages. Whether we favour leather tomes or dog-eared paperbacks, what we read and how we read it says a huge amount about us. From illuminated manuscripts to the last edition of the Yellow Pages, books tell us stories about who we are. “I’m not all that […] See more »


Chris Ryan on the S.A.S.

Friday 27th September, 8pm

To murder an SAS man is no easy task. So when three former Regiment guys turn up dead, brutally butchered in different corners of the globe, the hunt is on for a pro. But sometimes it takes a killer to catch a killer. Enter Danny Black. When the Regiment legend learns that his prime suspect […] See more »


James Morton, Sourdough Expert

Monday 30th September, 8pm

Once a ‘lost’ artisan bread, we’re now eating more sourdough than ever before. Supermarket sourdough sales have risen by up to 98% and for home bakers, sourdough is the true test of every aspiring bread-maker. Fickle and delicate, every loaf is unique, and there are many of pitfalls to be avoided. It’s much more than […] See more »


From the Lion’s Mouth Launch Party with Iain Campbell

Tuesday 1st October, 8pm

We’re delighted to launch From the Lion’s Mouth – Iain Campbell’s fascinating account of his journey following the course of the Indus River, from its mouth in the mudflats of Karachi through the Karakorum, Kashmir and the Himalayas to its source in Ladakh on the Indian side of the Tibetan plateau, where it springs from […] See more »


Claire Askew

Wednesday 2nd October, 8pm

Claire is an acclaimed new voice in crime fiction, and What You Pay For is a brilliantly tense and moving novel about the terrible disruption caused by violence and the lines people will cross to protect those they love. DI Birch joined the police to find her little brother, who walked out of his life […] See more »


The Coorie Home Launch Party

Thursday 3rd October, 6.30pm

We’re delighted to host the launch party for The Coorie Home – a celebration of authentic Scottish home life, and the age old Scottish concept of coorie (or còsagach in Gaelic) – the feeling of warmth and home comfort. Whether found in the cool urban designs of city living, or in remote getaways, this is […] See more »


Kate Kirkpatrick on Simone de Beauvoir

Thursday 10th October, 7.30pm

Please note that this event is now on Thursday 10th October, a change to the originally published date. ‘One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman’, wrote Simone de Beauvoir. This is a woman who was also to become a philosopher, a novelist, an existentialist, and a feminist icon. Her novels won prestigious literary […] See more »


Dan Jones on the Crusaders

Monday 14th October, 8pm

Dan Jones, best-selling chronicler of the Middle Ages, turns his attention to the history of the Crusades – the sequence of religious wars fought between the late eleventh century and late medieval periods, in which armies from European Christian states attempted to wrest the Holy Land from Islamic rule, and which have left an enduring […] See more »


Shaun Bythell: Confessions of a Bookseller

Thursday 17th October, 8pm

Shaun Bythell introduced us to the joys and frustrations of a life lived in bookselling in his  best-selling Diary of a Bookseller, soon to be a major television series. Now he reunites us with the characters we came to know and love. In Confessions of a Bookseller will reunite readers with the characters they’ve come […] See more »


Jung Chang

Tuesday 22nd October, 8pm

The best-known modern Chinese fairy tale is the story of three sisters from Shanghai, who for most of the twentieth century were at the centre of power in China. It was sometimes said that `One loved money, one loved power and one loved her country’, but there was far more to the Soong sisters than […] See more »


Kim-Joy on Baking

Monday 28th October, 8pm

We’re very excited about this: everyone’s favourite Great British Bake Off finalist, Kim-Joy, is coming to talk to us, and bringing tasters! Infuse your baking with a sprinkle of glitter, a rainbow of colours and a menagerie of woodland creatures with the help of this unique baking book. Whether you want to learn how to […] See more »


José Pizarro on Andalusian Cookery

Tuesday 12th November, 8pm

Our leading Spanish chef, José Pizarro appears on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen and Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch and has an award-winning collection of restaurants in London.  His gorgeous new cookbook focuses on the mouth-watering dishes from the Andalusia region of southern Spain. Join us for a glass of something, in the lovely surroundings of the bookshop, […] See more »


Julian Barnes on the Belle Époque

Thursday 14th November, 8pm

The Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sense of an Ending takes us on a rich, witty tour of Belle Epoque Paris, via the life story of the pioneering surgeon Samuel Pozzi.  In the summer of 1885, three Frenchmen arrived in London for a few days’ shopping.  One was a Prince, one was a Count, […] See more »


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