St Andrews Events and Reading Groups

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 »

THIS: The Tay Poems of Jim Stewart

Wednesday 14th November, 8pm

in this collection of living poems, we join the poet in the poem, take a part in his sensibility that becomes an ongoing way of thinking, this watching and allowing — Kirsty Gunn Jim Stewart’s life was entangled with the flow of the River Tay. From his birth on Lochee Road, to his appointment as […] 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

Friday 23rd 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 »

Galley Book Club

Sunday 25th November, 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 »

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 »

Literary Odyssey – November Fiction Book Group

Wednesday 28th November, 6pm

This November reading group we’ll be in Egypt with the novel Woman At Point Zero by Nawal El-Saadawi. This is a remarkable story about rebellion against a society founded on lies, oppression, brutality, and hypocrisy. Saadawi writes with passion and directness that indicts society’s brutal treatment of women. Nawal El-Saadawi is a world renowned writer and […] See more »

Sara Lodge with Inventing Edward Lear

Tuesday 4th December, 8pm

Edward Lear wrote and illustrated some of the best-loved poems in English including ‘The Owl and the Pussy-cat’ and ‘The Quangle Wangle’s Hat’. But the father of nonsense was not only a poet. This is a man described by Audubon as one of the greatest ornithological artists of the age, who was selected by Queen Victoria to be her […] See more »

An Evening with Alexander McCall Smith

Thursday 6th December, 8pm

Alexander McCall Smith returns to St Andrews to launch his brand new and beautiful poetry collection – A Gathering. Each poem, handpicked by Smith, leads the reader from one poem to the another. Intimate in tone, the editor shares the pleasure he finds in these poems through short epigraphs written for each piece. Grouped together in themes […] See more »

An Evening with Doddie Weir

Tuesday 11th December, 8pm

As truthful and immensely entertaining as the man himself, My Name’5 Doddie is a humbling, courageous and very funny celebration of a remarkable life being lived to the max. Known for his sportsmanship, infectious sense of humour, and boundless energy, Bill McLaren’s famous description that Doddie was “on the charge like a mad giraffe” sums […] 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 »