Get ready for authors, events and books you don't want to miss!

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We're bookending this newsletter with two really special offerings: an extremely special edition of Maggie O'Farrell's new novel and then an event which caused me to attempt my first cartwheel in thirty years. That wasn't pretty, but everything else in this newsletter is, so please read on, enjoy and don't skip to the end - we'll know!


Books galore!

Every month we bring you a selection of tempting new titles to pre-order, but even we can't believe how good this first offer is!
The Marriage Portrait, Maggie O'Farrell's latest novel, brings the world of Renaissance Italy to jewel-bright life in this unforgettable portrait of the captivating young duchess Lucrezia de' Medici as she makes her way in a troubled Florentine court. We've got a very limited number of first edition slip-cased copies coming into the shop, pre-order here: www.maddingcrowdlinlithgow.com

And you can still pre-order a very beautiful edition of The Marriage Portrait, without the extras, for just £20 here: www.maddingcrowdlinlithgow.com
You can also pre-order signed copies of the stunning new book from Lost Words illustrator Jackie Morris, Something About A Bear, plus the first ever novel from National Treasure Bob Mortimer, The Satsuma Complex. And Frankie Boyle's first novel Meantime has just arrived - we have signed copies available now. All of these fantastic books, and more of course, are available to order from our website here: www.maddingcrowdlinlithgow.com

Authors galore!

 Author talk with Amanda Thomson, Wednesday 24th August, 7.00pm, St Peter's Church
Our August event is with artist and author Amanda Thomson. Reflecting on family, identity and nature, Belonging is a personal memoir about what it is to have and make a home. It is a love letter to nature, especially the northern landscapes of Scotland and the Scots pinewoods of Abernethy. Beautifully written and featuring Amanda Thomson's artwork and photography throughout, it explores how place, language and family shape us and make us who we are. And we're delighted that Kathryn Welch will be chairing the event following their collaboration on the nature themed book trail that was so popular around Linlithgow in 2020.
Tickets £5* and available from the shop, or via our website here: www.maddingcrowdlinlithgow.com
*Ticket includes discount on book at the event + refreshments (Jill's coffee walnut cake is back!)

 Author talk with Ryan O'Connor,
Wednesday 14th September, 7.00pm, St Peter's Church

In mid-September, we welcome almost-local boy Ryan O'Connor. His debut The Voids is the most original novel I've read this year - it's been a firm staff favourite at Far From The Madding Crowd and we can't wait to welcome Falkirk-born Ryan for this very special event. Enter The Voids if you dare!
Tickets £3 and available from the shop, or via our website here: www.maddingcrowdlinlithgow.com
*Ticket includes discount on book at the event

And Finally...

 An Afternoon with Robert Harris, 
Wednesday 28th September, 2.00pm, St Michael's Church, Kirkgate, Linlithgow

Best-selling author Robert Harris is coming to Linlithgow! To celebrate the launch of his latest novel, Act of Oblivion, Robert will be appearing on Wednesday 28th September at 2.00pm in the iconic setting of St Michael's Church.

The author of Fatherland, the Cicero trilogy, Munich, The Second Sleep and many more will be talking about his writing life, and of course his latest novel, Act of Oblivion, which has been described as the story of the greatest manhunt of the seventeenth century. The hunt for the two men wanted for the murder of Charles I takes place in an epic journey across continents and culminates in a chase like no other. It is the most ambitious novel yet from the pen of Robert Harris, the ‘master of the intelligent thriller’.

Tickets: £10* and available in the shop or online here: wwwmaddingcrowdlinlithgow.com

* Ticket can be redeemed as a £10 discount voucher when purchasing a copy of Act of Oblivion at the event.