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It's October already and we are ready for it!

Autumn has arrived, let’s celebrate the cosy season!

The season has turned, so we’re celebrating with some great new titles, offers, promotions and an absolutely stonking line up of events, all designed to help you cope with colder days and longer nights!

The Magic Tenner and Bookshop Day

October means loads of new titles being released in the run up to Christmas, so to celebrate we’ve got two fantastic promotions for you to enjoy.

  • The first ever Magic Tenner event runs from 7th-21st October 2023 and businesses across the UK will be highlighting how many local suppliers they work with and have special £10 deals.

    *Any two fiction paperbacks for £10!

    *Local artist Leo du Feu’s 2024 calendar for just £10

    *Any 3 x cards by local artists for just £10


  • Saturday 14th October is Bookshop Day! Bookshops all across Britain will be celebrating and this year we've got loads of special offers so you can treat yourself!

  • *We'll have £5 off ALL hardback books, for Bookshop Day only!

  • *Exclusive tote bags designed by illustrator Poonam Mistry, £14.99 while stocks last

    *Free Far From The Madding Crowd tote bag with purchases over £40

    *Blind Date With A Book

Our autumn events line-up


We start October with an evening of historical crime fiction, welcoming a duo of authors who write about very different places and times. DV Bishop has just won a hugely prestigious CWA Dagger Award for his Cesare Aldo series set in and around renaissance Florence, including City of Fire and The Darkest Sin. Kate Foster was awarded the Bloody Scotland Crime Debut of the Year award for The Maiden, set in 17th century Edinburgh and based on the real life murder trial of Lady Christian Nimmo which scandalised the nation. We’ll be delving deep into the darker side of history on Wednesday 11th October at 7pm in St Peter’s Church.

The following week, Allan Radcliffe will be here to talk about his beautifully written debut novel, The Old Haunts. Set in a town in central Scotland (Allan hails from South Queensferry), it deals with relationships, ageing and coming to terms with grief in such a simple, yet powerful way. This is my book of the year (so far!), and it’s garnered many fans including Kevin MacNeil and Janice Forsyth: I can’t wait to discuss it with Allan on Wednesday 18th October at 7pm in St Peter’s Church.

Danish storyteller Svend-Erik Sengh will be visiting us in the shop for an evening of stories, myth and legends. His latest book, Danish Folk Tales, will be published in October and we're delighted that he's coming to share some of these tales with us in Linlithgow! This event is suitable for all ages, and is free to come along to, but please do book your spot through our website so we know how many people are coming along on Wednesday 25th October at 7pm in the shop.

And finally in October, we’re braced for a visit by the one and only Pat Nevin who’ll be dropping in to sign copies of both of his books: just in time to pick up the perfect and unique present for the football fan in your life! Pat will be visiting the shop on Monday 30th October in the afternoon, so if you’d like a specially dedicated copy, please reply to this email. And if you’d like to meet the man himself, please keep an eye on our website and social media channels as we’ll be able to confirm his arrival time nearer the date!


In November, we’ve got some real treats for fans of funny books and authors! Nina Stibbe is the best-selling author of Love, Nina. She’s back with another instalment of her diaries with Went to London, Took the Dog which covers the year she ran away to London aged 61. It’s as funny, heart-warming, and real as all of her writing, and is guaranteed to make us all laugh! Nina is visiting Linlithgow on Thursday 9th November and we’re really privileged to be hosting an event with her at 7pm in St Peter’s Church. Tickets are selling out fast for this, so be quick!

On Monday 13th November, Alex T Smith is popping in on his way to the North Pole to sign copies of his fabulous new Christmas story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King’s Shenanigans! If you’d like to order a specially dedicated copy of this, or any of his other wonderful Christmas tales including How Winston Delivered Christmas, then please reply to this email. And if you’d like to meet the man behind Winston, Claude and many other memorable characters, please keep an eye on our website and social media channels as we’ll be able to confirm his arrival time nearer the date!

For our final event of 2023, we are delighted to welcome Alexander McCall Smith back to Linlithgow! Celebrating 25 years of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Alexander will be in conversation with Anna Marshall, author of the first 44 Scotland Street Recipe Book. This delightful cookbook means that readers can immerse themselves in the world of Edinburgh's New Town and recreate some of their favourite characters' signature dishes. Join us in the magnificent surroundings of St Michael’s Church on Wednesday 15th November at 7pm as we celebrate one of Scotland’s best loved authors, and the owner of the best giggle in the business!

All of these events are ticketed, and tickets can be purchased in Far From The Madding Crowd Bookshop on the High Street, or online here.