St Andrews Events and Reading Groups

Becoming Hitler: The Making of a Nazi

Wednesday 21st February, 8pm

In the years between 1918 and 1926 Adolf Hitler transformed from a feckless, isolated, and undecided loner, into a charismatic, conniving, and monstrously driven leader. In Becoming Hitler Thomas Weber peels back the layers of myth and inaccuracy surrounding this change of character with precision and nuance, revealing how Hitler’s trial after the Munich Putsch […] See more »


An Evening with Celia Imrie

Tuesday 27th February, 8pm

‘Utterly delicious in every way’ — Joanna Lumley We are thrilled to welcome Celia Imrie, beloved star of stage and screen,  and Sunday Times bestselling author of Not Quite Nice and Nice Work (if you can get it), to St Andrews in celebration of her latest novel, Sail Away. An Olivier award-winning actress, Celia Imrie returned to the stage in King Lear in […] See more »


Literary Odyssey – February Reading Group

Wednesday 28th February, 5pm

This February reading group we are in Italy! – ‘After a four-day deluge, Naples is flooded. Buildings collapse, sinkholes appear. Strange events spread across the city: ghostly voices emanate from a medieval castle and five-lire coins begin to play music, but only to ten-year-old children. A melancholy journalist searches for meaning as the narrative takes […] See more »


An Evening with Sally Magnusson

Wednesday 28th February, 8pm

‘A remarkable feat of imagination… I enjoyed and admired it in equal measure’ — Sarah Perry A familiar face on TV screens across Scotland and, indeed, the UK, Sally Magnusson is a regular host of Reporting Scotland, Panorama, and Songs of Praise, and is a voice frequently heard across BBC Radio. After publishing various books […] See more »


Mick Kitson with Sal

Thursday 8th March, 8pm

‘Sal is a story with incredible heart, told so beautifully and with such clarity and grace I can hardly believe it’s a debut! I loved it’ — Joanna Cannon, author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep Sal is ready for survival. She has planned for over a year, assembling an Ordnance Survey map, a […] See more »


Bruce Hoffman with Inside Terrorism

Tuesday 13th March, 8pm

‘The best one-volume introduction to the phenomenon’ — Washington Post Professor Bruce Hoffman is an international political analyst whose research from the 1970s onward has been foundational in the discipline of terrorism studies. A founder of the University’s prestigious Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, Bruce is the author of seminal works, […] See more »


Tom Wright with Paul: A Biography

Wednesday 14th March, 8pm

Former Bishop of Durham, Professor of St Mary’s College, and prolific theologian, Tom Wright reconstructs the life and world of the apostle Paul in this gripping biography. Looked on by many as the founder of the Christian church, Paul of Tarsus is a remarkably important figure in the history of the Western world. With an […] See more »


An Evening of Muriel Spark

Thursday 15th March, 8pm

Author of twenty-two novels, including The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, A Far Cry from Kensington, and The Girls of Slender Means, Muriel Spark is undoubtedly one of Scotland’s literary treasures. A latecomer to novel writing, her books capture the fullness of life: from her Edinburgh childhood, her work in black propaganda during World War II, and her pivotal conversion […] See more »


Irvine Welsh

An Evening with Irvine Welsh

Friday 23rd March, 8pm

‘The sweat wis lashin oafay Sickboy’ — so begins Irvine Welsh’s 1993 classic, Trainspotting. But Renton, Begbie, Sickboy, and Spud have moved on, and one of them will not survive Irvine’s latest book. ‘A disquieting rivulet of sweat trickles down my back’ — so begins Dead Men’s Trousers, the latest instalment in Welsh’s famous (and […] See more »


Michael Broers with Napoleon: Spirit of the Age

Thursday 19th April, 8pm

‘The scholarship is impressive, the narrative has pace and panache’ — The Times Professor of History at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, Michael Broers joins us with the second instalment in his biography of that most intriguing historical leader: Napoleon Bonaparte. Volume one, Solider of Destiny, was praised for its ‘detail, empathy and even-handedness’, painting a […] See more »


School of Night: Sophie Collins & Richard Scott

Tuesday 1st May, 8pm

We celebrate two of the most anticipated debut poetry collections of the year, both from Faber & Faber. Sophie Collins was featured in Penguin Modern Poets 1: If I’m Scared We Can’t Win alongside Emily Berry and Anne Carson, and edited the acclaimed anthology of translation Currently & Emotion. Her debut collection, Who is Mary […] See more »


Sir Antony Beevor: The Battle of Arnhem

Thursday 14th June, 8pm

We are delighted to welcome esteemed historian Sir Antony Beevor to mark the publication of his latest book, Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944. Known for his landmark historical studies — including Stalingrad, Berlin: The Downfall 1945, and D-Day:The Battle for Normandy, to name but a few — he is one of our best-selling and most highly […] See more »