Literature, music, beautiful books: it's all happening at Far From The Madding Crowd!

Three final author events for 2022!

We're counting down to the end of the year with three fantastic events - our new season will begin in early 2022, watch this space for a big announcement!

 An Evening with Andrew Greig and Rachel Newton, Saturday 22nd October, 7.30pm Linlithgow Primary School
We've teamed up with the Linlithgow Arts Guild to bring you a special evening of spoken word and the beautiful sound of the clarsach in this one off event with award-winning author Andrew Greig and award-winning musician Rachel Newton. As the author of books such as Preferred Lies, Fair Helen, Rose Nicholson and At the Loch of the Green Corrie, Andrew Greig will be blending his words with the music of BBC Young Musician of the Year winner, Rachel Newton in what will be a very special evening.
Tickets are £7.50 and available on our website here, or in the shop.
Refreshments included and book and CD sales will be happening after the event.

 The Birth of Britpop with Paul Laird, Friday 4th November, 7.30pm, Queen Margaret Hall
Come and relive the Birth of Britpop with someone who was *really* there... This is another collaborative event: Far From The Madding Crowd Bookshop and Low Port Music have teamed up to bring you an evening of stories, plus a live DJ playing loads of tunes we haven't heard for a very long time (why did we ever let them slip off our playlists!)
Tickets £8 and available from our website here, or in the shop
Includes refreshments, books and records will be on sale at the event.

 The Call of the Cormorant with Donald S Murray, Wednesday 9th November, 7.00pm, St Peter's Church
Our final ticketed event of the year is with one of our favourite authors. We've been long-term readers and fans of Donald S Murray's work, but this will be his first visit to Linlithgow, so don't miss out! Donald is celebrating the launch of his latest novel, The Call of the Cormorant, based on a true story and charting the fantastical life of the self-styled Count of St Kilda, who ended up in the middle of the febrile atmosphere of 1930s Berlin. Les Wilson, long-time friend and collaborator of Donald, will be interviewing him about this fascinating book, plus his other work.
Tickets £5 and available from our website here, or in the shop
Refreshments included and book sales available at the event.

The last days of Fiver Fest, a spooky pumpkin hunt and Late Night Shopping *FINALLY* returns!

*Our last Fiver Fest of the year finishes this Saturday - don't miss out on the chance to grab some spectacular bargains! All middle-grade fiction, all crime paperbacks and all our Blind Date with a Book books are still included in the offer which finishes on Saturday 22nd October.
*Several shops along the High Street are taking part in a Spooky Halloween Pumpkin Trail - if you can spot all five black pumpkins, you'll be in with a chance of winning a brilliant goody bag, loaded with offers from all of the participating shops! You can pick up an entry form from any of the participating shops: A Wee Mindin', Bright Star Toys, Complete Health at the Millstone, Fair Tradewinds, Far From The Madding Crowd, J Walker Carpets, Mid-C-Mod, Purely Patchwork, The Line Gallery and Thread Counter
The winner will be announced on Halloween, Monday 31st October.
*Late Night Shopping has been a bit slow to get started this year, but we can confirm that from this Thursday 20th October, Far From The Madding Crowd will be staying open until at least 6pm every Thursday. As we get nearer to Christmas, opening hours will be extended further, so please watch this space for further announcements.

Big, brilliant, beautiful books: tis the season!


There is an absolutely bumper crop of big beautiful books in the shop at the moment, all freshly released and many of our copies are signed, or are exclusive independent bookshop editions. There are too many to list, but honourable mentions must go to the STUNNING Golden Mole by Katherine Rundell, the latest Ian Rankin Rebus novel, Heart Among the Headstones and the Booker winner, Seven Moons.
And of course, we have signed copies of Robert Harris, Kate Mosse, Andrew J Greig and all the other wonderful authors we've welcomed this year!