Events

Mon, 27 Sep 20:00
Ian Rankin, Topping & Co, St. Andrews

Join us for a very special evening with Ian Rankin as we celebrate the publication of this extraordinary new book, which brings together two of Scotland’s most esteemed crime writers. When William McIlvanney died in 2015, he left a handwritten manuscript of Laidlaw’s first case tantalisingly unfinished. Who better to add the finishing touches than Scotland’s finest Ian Rankin – who is back to finish what McIlvanney started. Together, these two iconic authors bring to life the criminal world of 1970s Glasgow, and Laidlaw’s relentless quest for truth.

Places will be in high demand for this event, so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

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Tue, 28 Sep 20:00
Ian Rankin, Topping & Co, Edinburgh

Join us for a very special evening with Ian Rankin as we celebrate the publication of this extraordinary new book, which brings together two of Scotland’s most esteemed crime writers. When William McIlvanney died in 2015, he left a handwritten manuscript of Laidlaw’s first case tantalisingly unfinished. Who better to add the finishing touches than Scotland’s finest Ian Rankin – who is back to finish what McIlvanney started. Together, these two iconic authors bring to life the criminal world of 1970s Glasgow, and Laidlaw’s relentless quest for truth.

Places will be in high demand for this event, so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

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Wed, 29 Sep 19:00
Janie Brown, Edinburgh Bookshop, Edinburgh

Award-winning poet laureate of Scotland, Jackie Kay joins Janie Brown in conversation on her book, Radical Acts of Love: Twenty Conversations to Inspire Hope at the End of Life.

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Sat, 02 Oct 18:30
Jamal Mahjoub, Henley Literary Festival, Surbiton

Four names, but just two writers? Welcome to the world of pseudonyms.

Jamal Mahjoub writes crime fiction as Parker Bilal, as well as non-fiction, short stories and novels under his own name. His latest, The Fugitives, takes us from Sudan to the US.

Jane Thynne returns to the Festival with Widowland, her first novel under the nom de plume of C.J. Carey, set in an alternative history under King Edward and an alliance with Germany.

In conversation with Cesca Major.

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Fri, 08 Oct 18:30
Tracey Thorn, Henley Literary Festival, Christ Church

From her huge success in Everything But the Girl with her husband Ben Watt, to her acclaimed solo career, Tracey made a huge mark in the studio and on the stage – and has proved equally talented on the page. After Bedsit Disco Queen & Another Planet comes My Rock ‘n’ Roll Friend. It recounts her friendship with The Go-Betweens drummer Lindy Morrison: a relationship cemented by gossip, feminism, books, gigs and rock ‘n’ roll love affairs.

Tracey returns to Henley in conversation with Daisy Buchanan.

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Sat, 09 Oct 20:00
Tracey Thorn, Manchester Literature Festival, Manchester

Friendships forged in music and carried through adulthood are at the core of the latest books by Andrew O’Hagan (The Illuminations) and Tracey Thorn (Bedsit Disco Queen). In Andrew’s hilarious and heart-breaking Mayflies, Tully and Noodles spend a weekend in Manchester seeing New Order, The Smiths and The Fall before the novel jumps 31 years to the ultimate test of their friendship. Singer, songwriter and formerly one half of Everything But The Girl, Tracey depicts her real-life friendship with Lindy Morrison, drummer of The Go-Betweens, in the superb My Rock ‘n’ Roll Friend. Two female musicians negotiating the patriarchy and the trials of the music industry. Explorations of politics, illness, class and masculinity also unite these books as the characters mould their identities.

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Mon, 11 Oct 19:30
Nina Mingya Powles, Topping & Co, Bath

We are delighted to host an evening in the bookshop with Nina Mingya Powles for Small Bodies of Water, a book that has already won her the inaugural Nan Shepherd Prize for nature writing.

Nina Mingya Powles first learned to swim in Borneo – where her mother was born and her grandfather studied freshwater fish. There, the local swimming pool became her first body of water. Through her life there have been others that have meant different things, but have still been, in their own way, home: from the wild coastline of New Zealand to a pond in northwest London.

Small Bodies of Water is her lyrical collection of interconnected essays which explore the bodies of water that separate and connect us, as well as everything from migration, food, family, earthquakes and the ancient lunisolar calendar to butterflies. It’s a hybrid form, part-memoir and part-nature writing, which weaves together memories, dreams, and observations on belonging all in gentle prose.

Powles’ previous work includes Forward Prize-nominated Magnolia, 木蘭, the food memoir Tiny Moons: A Year of Eating in Shanghai, and Bitter Melon 苦瓜, a small press she founded to publish poetry by Asian diaspora writers.

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Tue, 12 Oct 18:30
Nina Mingya Powles, Bristol

What are the things that tie a person to a place? How do we come to belong? And what part do memory, language and the external world play in the process? Join Nan Shepherd Prize winning author Nina Mingya Powles and literary translator Polly Barton as they discuss these deep and slippery questions.

Nina Mingya Powles is the author of the August 2021 Stanfords Book of the Month Small Bodies of Water. Polly Barton, winner of the Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize is the author of Fifty Sounds. The discussion will be chaired by Portico Prize winning novelist Jessica Andrews, author of Saltwater.

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Mon, 08 Nov 20:00
Nina Mingya Powles, Topping & Co., Edinburgh

An evening in the bookshop with Nina Mingya Powles for Small Bodies of Water, a book that has already won her the inaugural Nan Shepherd Prize for nature writing.

Nina Mingya Powles first learned to swim in Borneo – where her mother was born and her grandfather studied freshwater fish. There, the local swimming pool became her first body of water. Through her life there have been others that have meant different things, but have still been, in their own way, home: from the wild coastline of New Zealand to a pond in northwest London.

Small Bodies of Water is her lyrical collection of interconnected essays which explore the bodies of water that separate and connect us, as well as everything from migration, food, family, earthquakes and the ancient lunisolar calendar to butterflies. It’s a hybrid form, part-memoir and part-nature writing, which weaves together memories, dreams, and observations on belonging all in gentle prose.

Powles’ previous work includes Forward Prize-nominated Magnolia, 木蘭, the food memoir Tiny Moons: A Year of Eating in Shanghai, and Bitter Melon 苦瓜, a small press she founded to publish poetry by Asian diaspora writers.

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