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St Andrews Events and Reading Groups

David Mitchell

Tuesday 22nd June, 7.30pm

Utopia Avenue might be the most curious British band you’ve never heard of.  We are delighted that bestselling novelist and author of Cloud Atlas David Mitchell will join us for an online event to celebrate the paperback publication of Utopia Avenue. To book places, preorder your signed copy of Utopia Avenue – either as a […] See more »

Live In-Person: Mick Kitson

Friday 25th June, 8pm

We are delighted to announce our first In-Person event of this year with Fife-based author of Sal, Mick Kitson, in celebration of his new novel Featherweight. Annie Perry is born beside the coal-muddied canals of the Black Country at the height of the industrial revolution. When her father dies, her Romi family can no longer afford […] See more »

James Ellroy

Tuesday 6th July, 7pm

The modern master of noir James Ellroy joins us for an online event to discuss his new novel, Widespread Panic. To book places, preorder a copy of Widespread Panic here. Each copy of the book includes access to the online event. We’ll send the event link to the email address you use to complete your order, […] See more »

Brandon Taylor

Thursday 8th July, 7pm

We are very excited that Brandon Taylor will be joining us for an online event to discuss his hotly anticipated first collection of short stories, Filthy Animals. To book places, preorder your signed first edition of Filthy Animals here. Each copy of the book includes access to the online event. We’ll send the event link to the […] See more »

Christy Lefteri

Thursday 15th July, 7.30pm

We are joined (virtually) for an evening by Christy Lefteri to celebrate the publication of Songbirds, the powerful new novel from the bestselling author of The Beekeeper of Aleppo.  To book places, order your signed first edition of Songbirds here. Each copy of the book includes access to the online event. We’ll send the event link to the […] See more »

Victoria Hislop

Thursday 22nd July, 7.30pm

Victoria Hislop, the author of The Island, joins us to discuss her much-awaited sequel, One August Night. To book places, preorder your copy of One August Night here. Each copy of the book includes access to the online event. We’ll send the event link to the email address you use to complete your order, 24 hours before the event. 25th […] See more »

An Evening with Pat Barker

Thursday 2nd September, 7.30pm

We are delighted to announce an exclusive virtual event with the phenomenal, bestselling writer and Booker Prize winner, author of The Silence of the Girls, Pat Barker. Pat joins us to celebrate and discuss her latest novel, The Women of Troy, which continues her extraordinary and critically acclaimed retelling of one of our greatest myths. […] See more »

Live In-Person: Tim Parks

Friday 3rd September, 8pm

Bestselling author Tim Parks follows the hair-raising journey of Italian revolutionary, Giuseppe Garibaldi, 250-miles on foot from Rome to Ravenna, to explore Italy’s past and present. In the summer of 1849, Garibaldi, Italy’s legendary revolutionary hero, was finally forced to abandon his defence of Rome. He and his men had held the besieged city for […] See more »

Live In-Person: Alistair Moffat

Wednesday 8th September, 8pm

This event will now take place on Wednesday 8th September 2021. If you have already booked a place your booking will remain valid, and we will contact you to confirm the change soon. A former director of both the Edinburgh Fringe and Scottish Television, and once Rector of the University of St Andrews, Alistair Moffat is […] See more »

Live In-Person: Ed Miliband

Thursday 9th September, 8pm

We are very excited to be welcoming Ed Miliband to St Andrews this Autumn for the celebration of his new book GO BIG! Good news: the solutions to our problems already exist. Great news: a once-in-a-generation appetite for change means we can enact them. The challenges we face are daunting, but in GO BIG Ed […] See more »

Live In-Person: Val McDermid

Friday 10th September, 8pm

This summer marks the beginning of a brand new series from the Queen of Crime, Val McDermid. We are delighted that Val will be joining us for a live in-person event in September to celebrate the unmissable first story in her new, pulse-pounding series. 1979. It is the winter of discontent and ambitious young journalist […] See more »

Live In-Person: Honey & Co.

Tuesday 14th September, 8pm

We are delighted to invite you to a live event with Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich of Honey & Co. this September. In Chasing Smoke, Sarit and Itamar take us on a journey filled with flavour and fire, traversing the Levant from Egypt to Jordan to Greece collecting recipes, stories, and the best of culinary […] See more »

Save the Bees with Professor Dave Goulson

Thursday 16th September, 8pm

Insects represent the overwhelming majority of animal species on earth, likely accounting for up to 90% of the animal diversity of our planet. They also power many of our ecosystems; acting as pollinators, waste disposal and pest control. Insects are so vital to our daily lives that esteemed American biologist E.O. Wilson famously declared that […] See more »

Live In-Person: Maggie O’Farrell

Friday 17th September, 8pm

Award-winning novelist Maggie O’Farrell joins us for an evening to celebrate the brilliant success of her Women’s Prize winning novel, Hamnet. In a beautiful imagining of the short life of Shakespeare’s son and the untold story of his wife “Agnes” Hathaway, this book is a profound exploration of grief and the healing power of creativity. […] See more »

Live In-Person: Joanne Harris

Tuesday 21st September, 8pm

It’s an incendiary moment for St Oswald’s school. For the first time in its history, a headmistress is in power: the gates are opening to girls. Rebecca Buckfast has spilled blood to reach this position. Barely forty, she is just starting to reap the harvest of her ambition. As the new regime takes on the […] See more »

Live In-Person: James Naughtie

Thursday 30th September, 8pm

James Naughtie, the acclaimed author and BBC broadcaster, joins us live to share his unique insight into the country that has fascinated him and drawn him across the Atlantic for half a century. On the Road is filled with anecdotes, memories, tears and laughter reflecting Naughtie’s characteristic warmth and enthusiasm. As a student, Naughtie watched […] See more »

Live In-Person: James Holland

Wednesday 6th October, 8pm

We are delighted to welcome the internationally acclaimed, award-winning historian, writer, and broadcaster, James Holland, to Topping & Company Booksellers. We welcome you for an event to celebrate the publication of, Brothers In Arms. James’ latest book tells the untold story of one of the great WW2 tank regiments: The Sherwood Rangers. Covering thousands of miles and […] See more »

Live In-Person: Merlin Sheldrake

Thursday 7th October, 8pm

The more we learn about fungi, the less makes sense without them. Entangled Life was, perhaps unexpectedly, one of the most talked about books of last year. We are delighted that author Merlin Sheldrake will join us for a live, in person event this October to celebrate its paperback release and the great success of […] See more »

Live In-Person: Professor Andrew Pettegree & Arthur der Weduwen

Tuesday 12th October, 8pm

Famed across the known world, jealously guarded by private collectors, built up over centuries, destroyed in a single day, ornamented with gold leaf and frescoes – or filled with bean bags and children’s drawings – the history of the library is rich, varied and stuffed full of incident. In The Library: A Fragile History, St […] See more »

Live In-Person: Colm Tóibín

Wednesday 13th October, 7.30pm

We’re tremendously excited to announce that Colm Tóibín – three time Booker-shortlisted author, and one of our greatest living writers, will be coming to St Andrews. We welcome you for an event to celebrate his forthcoming novel, The Magician. Colm’s latest book tells the fascinating story of another acclaimed writer Thomas Mann, and the contradictions that plagued […] See more »

Live In-Person: James Robertson

Thursday 14th October, 8pm

James Robertson is one of our finest contemporary Scottish writers and his dedication to the Scottish literary tradition is unrivaled. The former Edinburgh bookseller and Edinburgh University student made his name translating children’s books into Scots, and since then has written many acclaimed works including Booker shortlisted The Testament of Gideon Mack  and all-time bookseller […] See more »

Francis Spufford

Live In-Person: Francis Spufford

Friday 15th October, 8pm

We are delighted to announce a live in-person event with Francis Spufford on Light Perpetual, set to be one of this year’s literary highlights. November 1944. A German rocket strikes London, and five young lives are atomised in an instant. November 1944. That rocket never lands. A single second in time is altered, and five […] See more »

Live In-Person: Colin Thubron

Monday 18th October, 8pm

In his 80th year, acclaimed travel writer and novelist, Colin Thubron, made a dramatic and ambitious journey along the almost unknown river that divides China and Russia. The tenth longest river in the world, rising in the Mongolian mountains and flowing through Siberia to the Pacific, the Amur River forms the tense border between  Russia and China.  Thubron’s […] See more »

Live In Person: Graeme Macrae Burnet

Tuesday 19th October, 8pm

We have another wonderful event scheduled with one of our favourite writers, Graeme Macrae Burnet. Graeme has visited Topping & Company Booksellers twice before, for Man Booker Shortlisted His Bloody Project and The Accident on the A35. “I have decided to write down everything that happens, because I feel, I suppose, I may be putting myself […] See more »

Live In-Person: Neil Oliver

Wednesday 20th October, 8pm

Renowned archaeologist and TV presenter Neil Oliver joins us to celebrate his new book The Story of the World in 100 Moments. Oliver takes the reader on a global tour, reaching back in time to consider moments that serve as stepping stones to offer unexpected glimpses of the everyday of the ancients. Unearthing both the […] See more »

Live In-Person: Sarah Hall

Wednesday 27th October, 8pm

Twice nominated Man Booker Prize author, Sarah Hall, will be joining us for a live in-person event in October to celebrate the publication of her forthcoming novel Burntcoat. We are extremely privileged to host Sarah, who also studied at St Andrews University, for a novel that has been described as an electrifying novel of passion, […] See more »

Live In-Person: Mary Beard

Thursday 4th November, 8pm

This November, we will welcome one of the world’s leading classicists to the bookshop. We are delighted that the brilliant Mary Beard will join us for a live event to discuss her new book Twelve Caesars. In this richly illustrated book, published in association with the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, Beard asks: […] See more »

Live In-Person: Richard Holloway

Wednesday 10th November, 8pm

Throughout his life Richard Holloway has turned to poets and writers for help in looking for answers to life’s mysteries, and for solace and guidance in the face of life’s challenges. In The Heart of Things Richard brings together those poems and words which have meant the most to him, whether they have been life-long guides or […] See more »

Live In-Person: Simon Heffer on Chips Channon’s Diaries

Thursday 18th November, 8pm

This event has been rescheduled to the 18th of November. Acclaimed historian Simon Heffer will be talking about Chips Channon’s diaries, now published for the first time in unexpurgated form. A heavily abridged and censored form of the diaries was published in 1967. Only now, 60 years after Chips’ death, can the text be shared […] See more »

Live In-Person: Salley Vickers

Thursday 25th November, 8pm

We remember fondly when Salley Vickers visited us in 2020 for her acclaimed Grandmothers and we are very excited for our new event with Salley in November to celebrate the publication of The Gardener.  When two sisters, Hassie and Margot Days, hire Murat, who has recently arrived in Hope Wenlock from Albania, to be their […] See more »

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