We're back in business!

We are thrilled to announce that from Tuesday 5th May we are reopening for contactless home deliveries and postage to anywhere in the UK.
We have literally thousands of books in stock, covering most genres and suitable for all ages. We also have an extensive range of stationery, cards, educational games and toys. You can check out our stock in real time on our website here.
For books we don't currently have in stock, we're taking orders on an individual basis as many of our suppliers are either closed or running a slow service, we will do our best to source books for you however!
There will be someone in the shop between 10-2, so if you would like to speak to a human for recommendations, advice or information, please ring 01506 845509 during that time. Otherwise, we're accepting orders by email: sally@maddingcrowdlinlithgow.com or via our social media channels on facebook and twitter.
We hope everyone is keeping safe and well and we look forward to happier times soon!

Home Learning Zone

 We have added to the fabulous free resources on the Home Learning Zone on our website: there are now songs, readings, how to draw sessions and more craft activities suitable for all ages with some of your favourite characters, authors and illustrators. We will keep adding to this resource library as we go along and we hope it helps!

Free events happening this week!

 World Book Night, Thursday 23rd April It's World Book Night this Thursday and this year it's gone digital! The books in this year's selection include some real classics and the organisers are encouraging people to join in with a #ReadingHour on any social media platform on Thursday evening between 7-8pm. You can also sign up to receive a free audiobook: details of everything happening can be found on the World Book Night website here.  Reading Allowed, Friday 24th April, 6pm Our free story-sharing event, Reading Allowed, returns for the second chapter! This Friday 24th April at 6pm, we're getting together over zoom to share stories. They can be real or imaginary, written by you, or your favourite author. It's completely free to join in, please send us a direct message via the facebook event (link here) and the host will send you the link to get involved.


All of our events are currently postponed until further notice. We are working to get new dates for everyone and will update our website and via this newsletter as soon as we can.  If you have a ticket for an event and would like a refund, please email sally@maddingcrowdlinlithgow.com Alternatively, you can keep your ticket until we have a new date fixed and make the decision then. Again, we hope this is a short-term measure, but will of course keep in touch as the situation develops.  

Take care of yourselves and each other

with all of our warmest wishes Far From The Madding Crowd

Located in the heart of our High Street, Far From The Madding Crowd is Linlithgow's Award-Winning bookshop. A unique shopping destination full of beautiful and unusual products. Browse our extensive selection of books, gifts, high quality stationery, select jewellery and more:just remember to give yourself enough time to explore!

Spread over two floors of an attractive Georgian building, we stock practically every genre. General fiction, classics, sci-fi, history, travel, cookery, poenation, try and the natural world, OS maps, travel guides and Scottish interest can be found on the ground floor of the building, while all the children's books and toys are in the cosy basement.

We pride ourselves on offering the highest level of customer service and with so many titles in stock, we’re pretty confident that we’ll be able to find the title you’re looking for, as well as a few you didn’t know you wanted! If we don’t have the title you’re looking for in stock, we offer a free ordering service, usually with next day delivery in-store, so please just ask and we can help.

We also run a varied events programme throughout the year, both here in the shop and at external venues, including the annual Further From Festival and the West Lothian Schools Festival.



Our dedicated children’s department Little Owl’s is packed with books toys, games and other goodies – there’s something for every pocket.

There are books for all ages, from new babies to young adult and we’re pretty good at finding the right book for you. If we don’t have what you’re looking for in stock, we offer a free ordering service, usually with next day delivery in-store, so please just ask and we can help.

We hold regular story-telling sessions on Saturday mornings in our special Bookshop Bothy, where we are helped out by our resident Bookshop Bunny, BB, and his sidekicks the Ink Blots -  two very cute guinea pigs. These interactive sessions are more frequent during the school holidays.

We also run an organised programme of events throughout the year from author visits in the shop and at external venues to our incredibly popular Bookshop Parties, which usually lead to a lot of crumbs and glitter on the carpet!

In addition, we are happy to coordinate book weeks for schools and one-off author visits. In 2016, we ran the first ever schools festival for Linlithgow and the surrounding area. A Wee Bit Further From was a great success and will now be an annual event. It is open to every local school in the area.


If you’re looking for a book on anything from the history of Scottish battles to the works of George Mackay Brown and plenty in between, our Scotland Room is probably a good place to start. We work closely with many Scottish publishers including Birlinn, Luath, Pocket Mountains, Floris Books and Sandstone Press to make sure we have a great selection of contemporary and classic Scottish works.

We also have a huge range of Ordnance Survey maps and travel guides.

If we don’t have what you’re looking for in stock, we offer a free ordering service, usually with next day delivery in-store, so please just ask and we can help.


For further information on any of our events, or stock enquiries, please get in touch:

E: sally@maddingcrowdlinlithgow.com

T: 01506 845509

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