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  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    The Monthly Book Quiz

    Monday, February 2nd at 18:00 - 19:15
    Date: Monday 2nd of February 2015
    Time: 6pm (come early as space is at a premium)
    Venue: Caffè Nero in the Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Do you know your Waugh from your Peace, or your Meyer from your Heyer?

    Then join us for the Blackwell’s Bookshop monthly BOOK QUIZ. We will quiz you on anything from Classics to current Bestsellers, Booker Prize winners to Celebrity Biographies.

    Teams of up to five people can take part.

    It is FREE to enter, but seats are limited so please come early to secure your place. There are no tickets required for this evening of fun! …and the question on everybody’s lips is “What will this month’s Hilary Mantel question be?”

    For further information please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8216 or events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    OWEN DUDLEY EDWARDS

    Thursday, February 5th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Thursday 5th February
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us to celebrate the launch of the new book by Owen Dudley Edwards -
    How David Cameron Saved Scotland

    David Cameron was Prime Minister throughout the campaign for Scottish Independence. People thought if the Scots voted YES for Independence that he may lose his job. But Scotland voted NO, so where does that leave him?

    As leader of the Unionist campaign, it is sensible to ask ourselves how he won the victory. One method might be to write and ask Mr Cameron how he did it. But, as Prime Minister, he may be too busy to reply, so Owen Dudley Edwards has helpfully written to inform Mr Cameron how he did it, sometimes telling him things he may not know or has only dimly guessed.

    How David Cameron Saved Scotland explains to Mr Cameron what the wilder psychiatric shores of Premiership involve, whether he knows it or not, what sort of people he recruited to gain his victory and whether they knew they were recruits, what his opponents were like and why they opposed him, how Scotland reversed the UK fall in voter interest and involvement, and why. It works out how far the victory was won on the playing fields of Eton, and how the generalissimo's lieutenants in all three major Unionist parties did what he wanted.

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell's Bookshop, by emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk or by phoning 0131 622 8218.

    Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here.

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    Teenage Book Group

    Sunday, February 8th at 14:00 - 15:00
    Date: Sunday 8th of February
    Time: 2pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Do you love to read, or just want to read more?

    Then join us to talk about the latest teenage fiction and your favourite books. The teen book group meet on the second Sunday of each month, and read anything from classics to contemporary, dystopian to historical – in short, anything you fancy!

    We are currently reading Alex Bell's Frozen Charlotte.

    About the book...
    Following the sudden death of her best friend, Sophie hopes that spending the summer with family on a remote Scottish island will be just what she needs. But the old schoolhouse, with its tragic history, is anything but an escape. History is about to repeat itself. And Sophie is in terrible danger...

    Membership of the book group gives you 10% off every book we read!

    To join just email your details to: schools.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    DOUG JOHNSTONE & HELEN FITZGERALD

    Wednesday, February 11th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Wednesday 11th February
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Blackwell's Bookshop is delighted to welcome two of our favourite crime authors, Helen Fitzgerald and Doug Johnstone.

    Born down under but happily settled in Glasgow, Helen FitzGerald is the bestselling author of Dead Lovely (2007) and nine other adult and young adult thrillers, including My Last Confession (2009), The Donor (2011) and The Cry (2013), which was longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.

    Her new novel, The Exit, tells the story of 23-year-old Catherine. Catherine is mainly interested in Facebook and flirting, but she reluctantly takes a job at a local care home after her mother puts her foot down - and soon discovers that her new workplace contains many secrets. One of the residents at the home, 82-year-old Rose, is convinced that something sinister is going on in Room 7 and that her own life is under threat. But Rose has dementia - so what does she actually know, and who would believe her anyway? As Catherine starts investigating Rose's allegations, terrible revelations surface about everyone involved. Can Catherine find out what's really going on before it's too late?

    Edinburgh-based Doug Johnstone is the author of five novels, including Smokeheads, Hit & Run and the acclaimed Gone Again. He is also a freelance journalist, a songwriter and musician, and has a PhD in nuclear physics.

    His latest novel, The Dead Beat, introduces us to Martha. It's the first day of her new job as intern at Edinburgh's The Standard. But all's not well at the ailing newspaper, and Martha is carrying some serious baggage of her own. Put straight onto the obituary page, she takes a call from a former employee who seems to commit suicide while on the phone, something which echoes with her own troubled past. Setting in motion a frantic race around modern-day Edinburgh,The Dead Beat traces Martha's desperate search for answers to the dark mystery of her parents' past.

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell's Bookshop, by emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk or by phoning 0131 622 8218. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    ADULT BOOK GROUP

    Monday, February 16th at 18:00 - 20:00
    Date: Monday 16th February
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Who says reading is a solitary pursuit? Not us! Come and join the Blackwell’s Book Group for lively, friendly book chatter. No previous experience required! We meet monthly to discuss a wide range of books — fiction and non-fiction, classic and contemporary, prizewinners and cult heroes—in short, whatever you fancy!

    Our current book is Eleanor Updale'sThe Last Minute.

    What is the book about?

    9.21am: business as usual on a high street in England. 9.22am: the explosions are heard for miles around, and in the early confusion there is talk of a gas leak, a plane crash, and even terrorism... The people of Heathwick had been preparing for Christmas unaware that many would die, and the rest would be transformed for ever.

    Future meetings...
    In March we are reading Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons and our book for April is Andrew Greig's At the Loch of the Green Corrie.

    We offer 10% discount on the current book to Book Group members.

    So join today! Just email your name and address details to events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    SAMANTHA SHANNON - The Mime Order

    Friday, February 20th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Friday 20th February
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    We are delighted to welcome novelist Samantha Shannon as she talks about The Mime Order, the follow-up to her debut novel The Bone Season, a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller in 2013.

    Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London...

    As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on the dreamwalker, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city's gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take centre stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided..

    About the Author...
    Samantha Shannon was born in west London in 1991. She started writing at the age of fifteen and studied English Language and Literature at St Anne's College, Oxford. In 2012 she signed a seven-book deal with Bloomsbury, the publisher of Harry Potter, and was immediately dubbed the new JK Rowling.

    This event will be chaired by Stuart Kelly.

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell's Bookshop, by emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk or by phoning 0131 622 8218. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk