Summer at Far From The Madding Crowd: let the sunshine in!

Spend summer with Far From The Madding Crowd!

Now that the summer holidays are well underway, we've got loads to keep you and the whole family occupied for the next few weeks and beyond!

Summer offers & exclusives: the Fiver Fest is back!

Just in time for the summer holidays, the Fiver Fest is back! The Fiver Fest runs for two weeks and as always, we'll be changing our offers throughout the period.

  • The first week, we'll be offering all of the titles in our Summer Reading Challenge for younger readers at £5, plus our Blind Date with a Book boxes are freshly topped up. 
  • During the second week, we'll have more general fiction paperbacks included in the offer, as well as the Summer Reading Challenge titles and Blind Dates with a Book.
And there's still plenty of time to sign up to our Summer Reading Challenge - just pop in for more information, or find out more here!

Karen Swan is launching her latest epic series right here in Linlithgow!

That's right! The best-selling author is launching her latest five book epic series, beginning on St Kilda in the last days before the islanders were evacuated, and she's doing it right here in Linlithgow!

Wednesday 20th July, 7.00pm
St Peter's Church, Linlithgow High Street, or online
Summer on St Kilda – a wild, remote Scottish island. Two strangers from drastically different worlds meet... Opposites attract in this epic and spellbinding novel, which transports us from the untamed beauty of St Kilda to the glamour and intrigues of high society in the 1930s. The Last Summer is the first book in The Wild Isle series by Sunday Times bestseller Karen Swan, inspired by the true history of St Kilda and its small island community. 
Join us for this world exclusive either in person or online: it's an absolute must-read for fans of Lucinda Riley's Seven Sisters series, and set to become just as popular!
Tickets £5* and available from the shop, or via our website here:
*Ticket includes discount on book at the event + refreshments (Jill's coffee walnut cake is back!)

Our monthly round up of exclusives, specials & pre-orders!

This is shaping up to be another fantastic year for readers of all ages and tastes, and we try to bring you special or exclusive editions whenever we can!

  • Jessie Burton is first up this month - The House of Fortune is the highly anticipated sequel to The Miniaturist and we have signed, first edition independent exclusives on the way for publication this Thursday 7th July!*
  • Slightly further ahead, we're looking forward to Warrior Queens and Quiet Revolutionaries, a non-fiction book from Kate Mosse celebrating unheard and under-valued women throughout history. With nearly 1000 women to be discovered in this beautifully illustrated book, it is accessible, ambitious in its scope and fascinating in its detail. The book is out in October, but you can pre-order your copy today!*
  • And definitely one for crime lovers everywhere will be the latest Rebus case: A Heart Full of Headstones by Ian Rankin is out in October and we'll have signed first editions available of - pre-order your copy today!*


  • For younger readers, this week Dougie Poynter has a brand new book out for middle-grade readers, The Whale Watchers: the perfect summer adventure story. We've got a very limited number of signed copies coming in, so pre-order your copy today*
  • And we know it's a *bit* too soon to be thinking about Christmas, but a new adventure from Alex T Smith is something to celebrate all year round! The Grumpus is out at the end of September, it is bound to be another classic in the vein of Winston Delivers Christmas - pre-order your signed copy today!*
*You can pre-order any of these books in the shop, or through our website here:

And finally...

We're planning something very special for the end of September! All we can say at the moment is keep Wednesday 28th September free, especially if you're a fan of masterful storytelling and imperious historical fiction: stay tuned for an announcement soon!

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