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St Andrews Events and Reading Groups

An Evening with Ruth Davidson

Friday 21st September, 7pm

Ruth Davidson has been leader of the Scottish Conservative Party since 2011, and since then she has led a political revolution. From a party of just 1 MP, Ruth is now leader of the Opposition in Scotland, with 13 MPs and 31 MSPs. Equally historic is her status as the first openly gay leader of […] See more »

Literary Odyssey – September Fiction Book Group

Wednesday 26th September, 6pm

This month, the Literary Odyssey book group will be reading ‘Convenience Store Woman’ by Sayaka Murata, the Japanese literary sensation about an unconventional woman who finds happiness in a Tokyo convenience store. Murata, who won the prestigious Akutagawa Prize for this novel, has written a dozen novels in Japan but ‘Convenience Store Woman’ is her […] See more »

Oliver Bullough with Moneyland

Wednesday 26th September, 8pm

Acclaimed investigative journalist and author of The Last Man in Russia, Oliver Bullough takes us on a journey into the universe of the lawless, stateless super-rich. This is a land where third-world kleptocrats rub shoulders with terror financiers, captains of industry, and western heads of state; from the ruins of Kiev to the Bond-villain lairs […] See more »

An Evening with Val McDermid

Thursday 27th September, 8pm

‘McDermid’s expertly juggled plotlines and masterful handling of pace and tension tick all the best boxes.’ – The Guardian Ever a highlight of our autumn festival, the incomparable Val McDermid returns to St Andrews with her own blend of wit, warmth, and wonderfully suspenseful crime fiction. Joining us for the latest instalment of the Karen […] See more »

Galley Book Club

Sunday 30th September, 10am

The Galley Book Club is a reading club for children aged seven to eleven years-old. We sit in a circle and talk about a book we’ve read over the course of the month. We also have the children write a review of their book prior to attending so they can recommend (or not recommend!) the […] See more »

Robert Crawford with The Scottish Ambassador

Tuesday 2nd October, 8pm

A well-kent face around St Andrews, Robert Crawford celebrates his latest collection of poetry, The Scottish Ambassador. In this book he, as ever, advocates for the culture, landscape, and people of Scotland, and draws upon Greek, Chinese, and Zoroastrian traditions with great lyrical energy. Spanning the intimate and the public, the local and the international, […] See more »

An Evening of Rembrandt

Wednesday 3rd October, 8pm

Rembrandt is widely considered to be one of the finest painters in the history of art. Epitomising the Dutch Golden Age, he is a rare figure whose artworks were esteemed and highly respected during his own lifetime. However, no amount of appreciation during the 17th century can compare to the enormous value given to him […] See more »

Roger McStravick with St Andrews – A Comfort Blanket for the Hapless Golfer

Thursday 4th October, 8pm

Winner of the ‘US Golf Association’s Herbert Warren Wind Book Award and the British Golf Collectors Society’s Murdoch Medal, one of our most prominent and successful golf writers returns with a decidedly different approach than his previous historical works. In St Andrews – A Comfort Blanket for the Hapless Golfer, Roger proves himself to be – yet […] See more »

An Evening with Philip Long, Director of the V&A Dundee

Friday 5th October, 8pm

Scotland is waiting with bated breath for the opening of the V&A Dundee – our first national design museum. We’re thrilled to welcome Director of the museum Philip Long, sharing with us the development of this grand project, and the inside story of how he opened it. Published to coincide with the opening, Philip will […] See more »

Young Adult Book Group

Sunday 7th October, 11am

The YA Bookgroup is our informal monthly gathering for our young adult readers where we discuss the latest in young adult fiction and culture. It’s the perfect opportunity for young adult readers to share book recommendations and meet new people, and perfect for aspiring editors and writers alike. For each group we discuss the books […] See more »

Gill Meller: Talk, Demo & Tastings

Tuesday 9th October, 8pm

“My book of the autumn and possibly of the year… Gather is a perfect expression of something food writers have been trying to define for the past three decades: modern British cooking” – Diana Henry Gill Meller is the celebrated head chef at the River Cottage, whose award-winning first book – Gather – had us falling in love […] See more »

An Evening with Anna Del Conte

Wednesday 10th October, 8pm

Anna del Conte is the uncontested doyenne of authentic Italian cooking. Ever since her first book, 1976’s Portrait of Pasta, revolutionised the British conception of continental cuisine, she has been an endless source of vital wisdom about how to source the best produce, how to most successfully prepare it, and how to capture the vibrant subtleties of […] See more »

T.M. Devine with The Scottish Clearances

Thursday 11th October, 8pm

A Professor at the University of Edinburgh, T.M. Devine was knighted in 2014 for services to the study of Scottish history, having earned the greatest accolades in the field throughout his distinguished career. We welcome Devine as he publishes The Scottish Clearances, an examination of the nation’s dispossessed. Exploring the coercive and often violent means […] See more »

An Evening with Don Paterson

Tuesday 16th October, 8pm

Known widely as one of Scotland’s greatest living poets, Don Paterson is also a master of the aphorism. These pithy, witty, and bitty pieces live somewhere between poetry and prose, encapsulating the full panoply of the human condition. Join us as Don launches his New and Collected aphorisms, The Fall at Home, and mixes in […] See more »

Sue Prideaux with I Am Dynamite! A Life of Friedrich Nietzsche

Thursday 25th October, 8pm

Friedrich Nietzsche, one of the most important individuals in the history of Western thought, is also one of the most misunderstood. Myths have accumulated that render him unrecognisable, casting him as isolationist, misogynistic, and even Nazi. No less complicated are his writings that can seem intricate and inaccessible, elusive to the common reader. In this […] See more »

Michael Tobert with Karna’s Wheel

Thursday 1st November, 8pm

Since the publication of Pilgrims in the Rough: An Unreliable History of St Andrews, Michael Tobert has become a familiar face on the St Andrews literary scene. His brilliant first novel, Cryptogram, resonates with fans of literary, historical, and science-fiction alike with its genre and time defying narrative. We’re delighted to welcome Michael to the […] See more »

James Oswald with No Time To Cry

Friday 2nd November, 8pm

James Oswald is Scotland’s grittiest crime writer and a true bookshop favourite- in the crowded market of Tartan Noir his sensational Inspector McLean series is a true stand out. We’re delighted to welcome James to the bookshop for the exciting launch of a new series, with No Time To Cry. Undercover ops are always dangerous, […] See more »

Sarah Perry with Melmoth

Wednesday 7th November, 8pm

Ever since The Essex Serpent exploded onto the literary scene, Sarah Perry has been considered one of the finest voices in British fiction writing. A Sunday Times bestseller, Book of the Year at the British Book Awards, shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, and longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, The Essex Serpent […] See more »

An Evening of Poetry with Kathleen Jamie

Thursday 8th November, 8pm

Kathleen Jamie published her first pamphlet of poetry at the age of twenty and has, since then, honed not only a remarkable poetic voice, but a mode of listening to the world with — both emotionally and artistically — a deep-rooted honesty. We are delighted to welcome her back to St Andrews, where she previously […] See more »

An Evening with William Boyd

Tuesday 13th November, 8pm

We fell in love with William Boyd’s enchanting fiction when he first emerged with A Good Man in Africa, so it brings us great pleasure to have William with us 14 novels later with Love is Blind. This sweeping, heart-stopping new novel is set at the end of the 19th century and follows the fortunes of Brodie […] See more »

Robert J. Harris with Castle Macnab, a Richard Hannay Novel

Thursday 15th November, 8pm

A foreign dignitary has been abducted while on a secret visit to Scotland and his life hangs in the balance. It is up to Hannay and the Macnabs to rescue him before Europe in plunged into a new and ruinous war. For the man they must rescue was once their greatest foe – the Kaiser. […] See more »

Caroline Eden with Black Sea

Tuesday 20th November, 8pm

“The next best thing to actually travelling with Caroline Eden – a warm, erudite and greedy guide – is to read her. This is my kind of book.”– Diana Henry Caroline Eden, author of Samarkand, is not only an award-winning journalist and travel writer, but with her new book, Black Sea, she reveals herself to be a charming […] See more »

An Evening of Champagne with Davy Zyw

Thursday 22nd November, 8pm

Christmas is a time for joy and celebration, so what could be more perfect than an evening of champagne? Davy Zyw has spent his entire career in fine wine and fizz, and his expert knowledge is presented in the indispensable new guide, 101 Champagnes and Sparkling Wines to Try Before You Die, for enthusiasts and […] See more »

Ian Rankin with the Latest Rebus

Saturday 24th November, 3pm

A missing private investigator is discovered in a locked car, deep in the woods—however, the area had already been searched by police. As suspicions about the handling of the case fester and calls for the truth grow louder, the only man who knows where the trail may lead, and how dark its destination, John Rebus, […] See more »

Ian Robertson with Rugby: Talking a Good Game

Tuesday 27th November, 8pm

Ian Robertson has played fly-half for Scotland and been a successful author, but it is his voice that has made him an international Rugby legend. He turned out for Scotland between 1968 & 1970, before joining the BBC in 1972 and becoming the official Rugby correspondent in 1983. He has covered the sport on radio […] See more »

An Evening with Richard Holloway

Wednesday 10th April 2019, 8pm

“Thoughtful, playful, courageous and deeply altruistic … a fine companion for anyone who wishes to live a life of any depth” – A. L. Kennedy Where do we go when we die? Or is there nowhere to go? Is death something we can do or is it just something that happens to us? Now in his […] See more »

An Evening with James Runcie

Thursday 11th April 2019, 8pm

“There is no denying the winning charm of these artfully fashioned mysteries” –  The Independent. Crime fiction is a treasured genre for us here in St Andrews; from the gritty to the cosy, we love it all. It’s therefore an absolute delight to welcome James Runcie back to the bookshop to discuss The Road to Grantchester, a prequel […] See more »