We've been overwhelmed by your support, help and creative solutions to the current situation. Our doors may not be open right now, but we are still here & will help in any we can!

Remember you can check our current stock here and we are offering FREE local delivery, no matter how big or small!


We are CLOSED today, Mothering Sunday.
We will be open again tomorrow, Monday 23rd March, 9-5, but we have made the very difficult decision that tomorrow will be the last day we are open to the public until further notice.
The shop will continue to operate, you can check our current stock online here
We will deliver or post any item to you for free while this situation lasts.
You can contact us by email: sally@maddingcrowdlinlithgow.com by telephone: 01506 845509 or of course by social media!
If you would like a book that's not in stock, we will order it for you to be posted direct to your home at no extra cost.
We are also aware that some of our customers do not use the internet, so please let everyone know that we are still here and happy to help in any way we can!

Please take care everyone. The most important thing for now is to stay safe and then hopefully we can get back to normal sooner rather than later.

We hope that this is a short term measure, but will of course keep everyone updated as the situation develops.  


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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