St Andrews Events and Reading Groups

Galley Book Club

Sunday 27th January, 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 »

Young Adult Book Group

Sunday 3rd February, 10am

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 »

The Literary Odyssey – Fiction Reading Group

Wednesday 6th February, 6pm

To start off the new year, the Literary Odyssey group will be reading Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi. The novel is the winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2014. It was also shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize in 2018. The novel follows a scavenger named Hadi in US-occupied Baghdad, where […] See more »

Charlotte Runcie with Salt On Your Tongue: Women and the Sea

Wednesday 13th February, 8pm

Many of us holiday by the sea, read about it, and marvel at the paintings and music it inspires. Great men in history have defined themselves by great sea adventures, but where does that leave women? Can the sea be an adventure for those of us who aren’t sailors? In Salt On Your Tongue Charlotte […] See more »

NEW DATE: An Evening with Janice Galloway, Scottish Fiction Star

Monday 18th February, 8pm

Please note that the new date for this event is Monday 18th February.  Janice Galloway is one of Scotland’s most beloved and successful authors. The accolades that she has collected include the E. M. Forster Award, Creative Scotland Award, and the Saltire Book of the Year Award. In this collection of short-stories, beautifully published by […] See more »

An Evening of Tartan Noir with James Oswald and T F Muir

Tuesday 19th February, 8pm

Few things are more charming than reading a good book, set in a location that you know like the back of your hand. James Oswald and T F Muir and not only two of the biggest Scottish crime authors, but they are both Fife-based writers and storytellers that return to the East Neuk again and […] See more »

The Bookshop of the World with Andrew Pettegree & Arthur der Weduwen

Friday 1st March, 5.30pm

In the seventeenth century, the Dutch took fame by storm: a new country, a new way of governing, a new culture.  The untold part of this story is the Dutch conquest of the European book world. This was the age of Rembrandt and Vermeer, and Dutch art has always held centre stage; but the Dutch […] 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 »

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 »

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 »