St Andrews Events and Reading Groups

Cheese Tasting and Making with Morgan McGlynn

Wednesday 27th March, 8pm

From the freshest mozzarella to the Stinkiest Bishop, cheese provides a whole gamut of culinary delights; and Morgan McGlynn is the perfect guide to show us how these delights are not merely the preserve of a cheesemonger. In The Modern Cheesemaker, Morgan takes her reader through the entire process of making cheese at home, covering […] See more »

Galley Book Club

Sunday 31st March, 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 »

Joanne Harris with the ‘Chocolat’ Sequel

Monday 1st April, 7.30pm

Upon publication, Joanne Harris’ Chocolat took the world by storm, sweeping up prizes and gripping readers in every country; an infatuation that grew when Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche starred in the academy award-winning adaptation. We’re delighted to welcome this esteemed and consistently entertaining author to the bookshop to launch her new novel, The Strawberry Thief. […] See more »

Simon Winder with Lotharingia

Wednesday 3rd April, 8pm

At the heart of western Europe lies a huge swath of land, stretching from the mud and fogs of the North Sea coast, down through countless market towns, ports, fortresses and ancient cathedrals, through a mass of river systems and forests, all the way to the great barrier of the Alps. Divided by their languages, […] See more »

Young Adult Book Group

Sunday 7th April, 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 »

Damian Barr launches You Will Be Safe Here

Tuesday 9th April, 8pm

‘It’s rare for a novel to go so deep that you come out of reading it a different person from when you went in. Damian Barr’s investigation of a part of South Africa’s history the British have been trying to forget for many, many years is such a book … Nothing more unusual and impressive […] See more »

An Evening with Richard Holloway

Wednesday 10th April, 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, 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 »

Ian McEwan launches Machines Like Me

Wednesday 24th April, 8pm

Few writers are beyond compare, but Ian McEwan is undoubtedly one of them. Over the last forty years, he has asserted himself as the premier living British author. He has won almost every major literary prize – including the Man Booker – and his novels have inspired multiple Oscar winning blockbusters. These books, such as Atonement, The Children Act, […] See more »

John Connolly with A Book of Bones

Thursday 25th April, 8pm

2019 marks the 20th Anniversary of John Connolly’s beloved Charlie Parker series, and so it is exceptionally exciting that John joins us to launch the new volume in the series, A Book of Bones. In this epic new volume, Connolly pulls all the threads of Charlie Parker’s story together; his hunt has stretched over this number one […] See more »

Middle Eastern Cooking with Sabrina Ghayour

Wednesday 1st May, 8pm

Bazaar is a colourful, flavourful, and satisfying celebration of vegetable dishes, designed to suit every occasion and every palate. The magic of this cookbook is that you won’t feel like anything is missing, with dishes full of easy-to-achieve flavours and depth that would win over even the most die-hard carnivore. Each recipe utilizes the abundance […] See more »

Ali Smith launches Spring

Friday 17th May, 8pm

‘Transcendental writing about art, death, political lies, and all the dimensions of love. It’s a case not so much of reading between the lines as of being blinded by the light between the lines – in a good way’ – Deborah Levy Described by Sebastian Barry as ‘Scotland’s Nobel Laureate-in-waiting’, Ali Smith is a wonder […] See more »

Acclaimed Chef Jose Pizarro launches Andalusia

Thursday 23rd May, 8pm

The award-winning and enigmatic chef, Jose Pizarro, is at the top of his game in the world of Spanish food. His books, Simple Spanish Food, Basque and Catalonia are acclaimed and bestselling.  We warmly welcome Jose to the bookshop for a celebration of the food of the rather magical part of Spain’s Southern coast – Andalucia: Recipes from Seville & […] See more »

Ian Bradley with the Fife Pilgrim Way

Tuesday 28th May, 8pm

Packed with over 100 images and countless stories, The Fife Pilgrim Way: Walking with Monks, Miners and Martyrs brings to life the fascinating communities and the characters along the route in whose footsteps modern pilgrims are treading. Setting off with Celtic saints from Culross and North Queensferry, marching with miners through the West Fife coalfields, continuing […] See more »

An Evening with Professor Mary Beard

Wednesday 29th May, 7.30pm

Mary Beard is an international sensation; SPQR changed the way we think about the Classical world, and provided brilliant and authoritative insight into the Roman Empire. We are delighted to welcome Mary to St Andrews for a talk on SPQR and the Roman World; this is an opportunity to hear from one of the most […] See more »

Leah Hazard with Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story

Tuesday 4th June, 8pm

No sleep for twenty hours. No food for ten. And a ward full of soon-to-be mothers… Welcome to the life of a midwife. Leah Hazard’s life on the NHS frontline, working within a maternity system at breaking point, is more extreme than you could ever imagine. From the bloody to the beautiful, from moments of vulnerability […] See more »

Max Porter launches Lanny

Wednesday 5th June, 8pm

Since Grief is the Thing with Feathers launched onto our bookshelves, Max Porter has been recognised as an astonishing writer. His sensitive, thoughtful, and stunningly original debut was a favourite with readers across the country. Arriving in the wake of much anticipation, his latest novel Lanny does not disappoint. The story of a remarkable young boy is told in […] See more »

An Evening with Kirsty Wark

Monday 24th June, 8pm

Kirsty Wark is one of the most familiar faces working in Scottish Media today. A distinguished journalist, broadcaster, and writer, Kirsty has presented a wide range of BBC programmes over the past thirty years, from the ground-breaking Late Show to the nightly current affairs show Newsnight. She has been celebrated for her formidable talent throughout her […] See more »

Alison Weir with Anna of Kleve

Tuesday 13th August, 8pm

Alison Weir is the United Kingdom’s most popular and best-selling female historian, and has sold over 2.7 million books worldwide. Rich in detailed research, Alison’s engaging prose has captured the interest and imagination of countless people, instilling a love of history that has influenced the career paths of historians, historical novelists and teachers, while also […] See more »

Kathleen Jamie launches Surfacing

Monday 30th September, 8pm

It’s surprising what you can find by simply stepping out to look. Award-winning poet Kathleen Jamie has an eye and an ease with the nature and landscapes of Scotland as well as an incisive sense of our domestic realities. This new volume, Surfacing, completes a trio of books in which Kathleen talks about the natural world […] See more »

Confessions of a Bookseller with Shaun Bythell

Wednesday 16th October, 8pm

‘Wonderfully entertaining … Bythell is a true believer, who makes a passionate case for the importance of books’ – Observer Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown – Scotland’s largest second-hand bookshop. It contains 100,000 books, spread over a mile of shelving, with twisting corridors and roaring fires, and all set in a beautiful, rural town […] See more »