St Andrews Events and Reading Groups

Tom Gauld: Baking with Kafka

Thursday 19th October, 8pm

Cartoonist for the Guardian, The New York Times, and New Scientist, and creator of Goliath, Mooncop, and You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack, Tom Gauld, celebrates his latest book Baking with Kafka. Tom’s characteristic single page works are riotously funny and take us on a journey through literature and history, and into a wholly […] See more »

A Morning for Children with Lari Don – The Spellchasers Trilogy

Saturday 21st October, 10.30am

We are delighted to be welcoming back award-winning author Lari Don for a morning of magical storytelling with the anticipated final instalment of her Spellchasers trilogy: The Witches Guide to Magical Combat.  Lari is the author of a diverse range of children’s fiction, from her magnificent re-telling of traditional Scottish folk tales for young children, to her […] See more »

Armistead Maupin

Friday 27th October, 1pm

 ‘A sweet, filthy peach of a memoir from a cultural explosion of a man.’ — Caitlin Moran Born into the conservative culture of mid-century North Carolina, Armistead Maupin lost his virginity to another man on the very spot where the Civil War began. His new and stunning memoir tells of his search for home and […] See more »

Jackie Kay with Bantam

Tuesday 31st October, 8pm

Celebrating her first collection since becoming the Scottish Makar, Jackie Kay returns to St Andrews. Bantam is written in her characteristic plain-spoken and fearless style, and crosses borders, ranging from the Somme, to Rannoch Moor, traversing the Brontës, Brexit, and other brave, bodily stories. Kay celebrates life, laments lost friends, and brings her generation into dialogue […] See more »

An Evening with Julian Baggini

Thursday 2nd November, 8pm

Author of The Pig that Wants to be Eaten, and one of the UK’s most widely read philosophers, Julian Baggini joins us in the bookshop to interrogate the borders of fact and rationality. In A Short History of Truth, Julian sets out to explain the current era of ‘post-truth’ and ‘alternative facts’ by surveying the history of […] See more »

An Evening with Gordon Brown

Monday 6th November, 7pm

As the longest serving Chancellor of the Exchequer in modern times (1997-2007) and Prime Minister of the UK between 2007 and 2010, Gordon Brown has been on the front-line of British politics, and indeed at the centre of the international stage, for three decades. Beginning from his childhood as the son of a minister in […] See more »

Into the Mountain: A Life of Nan Shepherd

Thursday 9th November, 8pm

Described by Robert MacFarlane as “rich, wise, subtle, and valuable”, Into the Mountain is the first biography of Nan Shepherd. Nan’s reputation as a dazzling and first-rate Scottish writer has been growing over recent years and, with the entirety of her extant work — novels, poetry, and non-fiction — once again in print, Charlotte Peacock’s […] See more »

Alistair Moffat with The Hidden Ways

Wednesday 15th November, 8pm

We are delighted to welcome Alistair Moffat, prolific historian and former Rector of the University of St Andrews, back to our town for the release of his beautiful new work, The Hidden Ways. Charting old roads and paths through Scotland, Alistair has created a rich and lyrical account of lost pathways throughout our countryside, and […] See more »

Eddie Mair with A Good Face for Radio

Friday 17th November, 8pm

Eddie Mair, best known as the voice of Radio 4’s PM, and a familiar face on Newsnight, began his radio career on the public address system of his Dundee high school. Since then he has been heard on Radio Tay, Radio Scotland, and has occasionally hosted The Andrew Marr Show. Eddie will be visiting St […] See more »

Dan Jones with The Templars

Thursday 23rd November, 8pm

“Fast-paced narrative history depicted with irresistible verve, bloody battle scenes and moments of laugh-out-loud wit.” – The Guardian The Knights Templar are one of history’s most fascinating – and paradoxical – organisations. Holy men who made battle their business, fiercely ascetic in their vows yet commanding immense wealth, their influence over entire nations during the […] See more »

An Evening with Alexander McCall Smith

Tuesday 28th November, 8pm

Expert on medical law, and prodigious novelist, Alexander McCall Smith returns to St Andrews to mark the continuation of his much-loved 44 Scotland Street series. A Time of Love and Tartan is the twelfth instalment of what, after its many years in The Scotsman, is the longest serial novel ever written. Encompassing tennis-playing Rwandan forest people, levitating Celtic saints, and a […] See more »

Booker Shortlisted Ali Smith with Winter

Wednesday 29th November, 8pm

‘Autumn is a beautiful, poignant symphony of memories, dreams and transient realities; the “endless sad fragility” of mortal lives.’ – The Guardian We are delighted to welcome back the incomparable Baileys Prize-winning Ali Smith to St Andrews to celebrate Winter, the latest work in her seasonal quartet. Ali is a true bookseller favourite, read and […] See more »

Rachel McCormack: Chasing the Dram

Thursday 30th November, 8pm

Rachel McCormack was born in Glasgow and tasted her first whisky when offered a flu-alleviating hot toddie by her father. Ever since this early crash course in fine malt, she has developed a deep and discerning knowledge of Scotland’s national drink. In Chasing the Dram, Rachel travels the country with her friends and family, learning about the […] See more »