Events at Blackwell's Bookshops


    Monday, February 8th at 18:00 - 19:00
    Date: Monday 8th of February
    Time: 6.00pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Are you eight to eleven years old, with a love of books and biscuits? Become a member of our book group to enjoy a friendly hour of fiction, from both classic and contemporary Scottish writing to your own choice of favourite book. Come and discover more books to treasure!

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

    We are currently reading Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

    What is the book about?
    Meggie loves books. So does her father, Mo, a bookbinder, although he has never read aloud to her since her mother mysteriously disappeared. They live quietly until the night a stranger knocks at their door. He has come with a warning that forces Mo to reveal an extraordinary secret - a storytelling secret that will change their lives for ever.

    To join just email your details to

  • LITERATURE LIVE: Ian McGuire and Rupert Thomson (bookstall)

    Monday, February 8th at 18:30 - 20:00
    This event is the launch of Ian McGuire's second novel The North Water, an historical novel set amidst the nineteenth-century arctic whaling industry. Ian McGuire will be joined by Rupert Thomson, who is the author of ten critically acclaimed novels.

    This is run by the Centre For New Writing. There will be a Blackwell's bookstall and signing.

    Monday 8 Feb 2016 6.30pm Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester Click for tickets
    Stewart Conn & Tom Pow

    Tuesday, February 9th at 18:00 - 19:30
    Date: Tuesday 9th of February
    Time: 6pm for 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us to celebrate the publication of the much awaited new collections by poets Stewart Conn and Tom Pow, published by the award-winning Mariscat Press.

    About the Poets…
    Stewart Conn has been called 'one of Scotland's most skilled and wide-ranging poets'. His work, with its distinctive rhythmic and lyrical qualities, has been widely published, anthologised and translated. Among its settings are the Ayrshire of his boyhood, Glasgow and Edinburgh where he has spent the bulk of his family and working life; the distinctive land and seascapes of the Scottish highlands and western isles; and regions of France and Italy. Time and again, though, its true arena is revealed as the human heart. He now lives in Edinburgh and was from 2002-2005 the capital's inaugural laureate. His new pamphlet with Mariscat is called Against the Light

    Tom Pow was born in Edinburgh in 1950. Primarily a poet, several of his collections have won awards and three of his poetry collections have been short-listed for Scottish Book of the Year. Most recently, Dear Alice – Narratives of Madness (Salt Publishing) won the poetry category in the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust’s Scottish Book Awards in 2009. He has also written young adult novels, picture books, radio plays and a travel book about Peru. He has held various writing posts, including that of Scottish/Canadian Writing Fellow, based at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, and Virtual Writer in Residence (Scotland’s first) for the Scottish Library Association’s Scottish Writers Project. He was the first ever Writer in Residence at the Edinburgh International Book Festival from 2001 to 2003. From 2000 to 2009, he worked for the University of Glasgow in Dumfries, latterly as Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and Storytelling. He is currently Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Glasgow University Dumfries and a part-time lecturer on Lancaster University’s distance learning Masters in Creative Writing. His new collection with Mariscat is titled At the Well of Love

    About Mariscat…
    Mariscat Press was founded in Glasgow in 1982 by Hamish Whyte and Kevin McCarra, initially to publish David Neilson’s Glaswegian versions of Catullus, but the bug bit and the press has gone on to publish over 50 poetry books and pamphlets over the past 30 years.

    McCarra left in 1997 since when Whyte has concentrated on pamphlets, moving to Edinburgh in 2004. Mariscat has been short-listed for the Callum McDonald poetry pamphlet award nearly every year since it began in 2001 and runner-up twice. In 2011 it won this prestigious award with Anne Crowe’s pamphlet of elegies for her sister, A Figure in the Landscape, which has also been a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice for Spring 2010. In 2011, too, James MacGonagall won the £5,000 Michael Marks Award for a poetry pamphlet with his Cloud Pibroch, also published by Mariscat—which was shortlisted for the publisher’s category in the same year.

    The aim has always been to publish poetry in affordable editions, with attention paid to presentation. This dedication was rewarded when Mariscat Press was named the Michael Marks Pamphlet Publisher of the Year for 2015, a prestigious award administered by The British Library in partnership with The Wordsworth Trust. Mariscat also took both First and Second Places in the Callum Macdonald Memorial Pamphlet Awards for 2015, administered by The National Library of Scotland in co-operation with the Michael Marks Trust.

    Tickets are FREE and available in person from the main counter on the Ground Floor at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8222 or emailing or on Eventbrite

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or at


    Tuesday, February 9th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Five Books presents a series of talks where authors recommend the best books in their field and explain why they’re important. Join us for the second event in the series, where this month Jerry A. Coyne, evolutionary biologist and author of the New York Times bestseller 'Why Evolution is True', will be revealing the five books he would champion. Jerry A Coyne's latest book, 'Faith vs. Fact', outlines his arguments why embracing a scientific world-view excludes the possibility of also believing in God.

    Don't miss out on what is guaranteed to be a fascinating evening, where you can hear about the books Jerry would recommend, his new publication 'Faith vs. Fact' and have the opportunity to ask questions.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be purchased from Blackwell’s customer service department in the Norrington Room or by calling 01865 333623.

    Five Books website,, offers a diverse selection of nearly one thousand interviews with experts across all subjects recommending five books and explaining their selection in an interview. Visit their website to find out more!
  • Hollie McNish at Leeds University Union

    Wednesday, February 10th at 17:00 - 18:00
    As part of Leeds University Union'sSpeak Up! series, poet Hollie McNish will be performing a selection of her work, interspersed with Q&A. Blackwell's, Leeds will be there with an exclusive special offer on her new book, Nobody Told Me and other works.

    Hollie was UK Slam poetry champion in 2009, representing the UK and finishing 3rd behind Canada and the USA in the World Poetry Slam Finals in Paris.

    Hollie has over 11k twitter followers and her most popular youtube videos ‘Mathematics’ and ‘Embarrassed’ have garnered over 3 million views.

    During the day Hollie will also be running a poetry writing workshop at the Union. For more information and to book your place at both events, visit the Union events page here. The event is open to everyone!

    Wednesday, February 10th at 19:00 TO Thursday, March 17th at 21:00
    Set in a basement amongst towering book stacks, We'll follow Shakespeare's aging King and his three daughters in a tale of power, madness and betrayal, as he divides his Kingdom amongst them.

    The first production of our new six year partnership with Creation Theatre, We'll be celebrating 50 years of our Norrington Room and 20 years of Creation Theatre. To top it all off, we'll be joining up with the creative team and director behind the sell-out 2011 Doctor Faustus

    For more information or to book tickets for this wonderful show, please click here.
  • Blackwell's Newcastle: How Darwinian is Cultural Evolution? The Newcastle Darwin Day lecture 2016 with Thom Scott-Phillips at Newcastle University

    Wednesday, February 10th at 19:00

    The suggestion that culture changes in broadly Darwinian ways goes back to Darwin himself, who suggested that his explanation of species change might also apply to language change. However the idea of studying culture in Darwinian terms fell out of favour for most of the 20th-century, after some early anthropologists misused Darwin's ideas, for instance to defend distinctions between supposedly ‘primitive’ and ‘advanced’ cultures. The idea of cultural Darwinism was revived in the 1970s and 1980s in various forms, the most well-known of which is Richard Dawkins’ idea of the meme. But how Darwinian is culture really? In this talk, Dr Thom Scott-Phillips will discuss the history of the idea of cultural evolution, and the prospects for a Darwinian science of culture.

    Tickets are available from the British Humanist Association website.

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Book Signing with Tuna and Courtney Dasher

    Thursday, February 11th at 17:00 - 19:00
    Tuna the much loved internet sensation will be joining us for a special signing with owner Courtney Dasher on Thursday 11th February. They will be signing copies of their book "Tuna Melts My Heart".

    Tuna's cartoonish looks - with an exaggerated overbite, a recessed jawline, and a wrinkly neck - are truly one of a kind. And yet his quirky appearance is no match for his unique perspective on life, overcoming his proclivity for staying in bed all day to keep his eye on the (bacon-flavoured) prize. Teaming up with his owner, Courtney Dasher, "Tuna Melts My Heart" shares a behind-the-scenes look at his daily exploits, which include sleeping, sunbathing, wearing box ties, playing with toys and melting hearts.

    Buy the book.

    Tickets are not required although please note that you will need to purchase a copy of the book to meet Tuna. Copies will be on sale for £7.99 on the day. You're welcome to get a photo of Tuna or next to Tuna. Book signing includes Tuna's official pawdograph! For more information visit our Customer Service Desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Tel: 01865 333 623
  • Jonathan Fenby - Meet the Authors at Leeds Business Confucius Institute

    Thursday, February 11th at 17:30 - 19:30
    Jonathan Fenby is a British writer, journalist and analyst. He was editor the South China Morning Post from 1995-2000. He was also previously chief correspondent in France for both Reuters and The Economist, Assistant Editor of The Independent, Deputy Editor of the Guardian and Editor of the Observer.

    Tiger Head, Snake Tails gives the reader a thorough overview of China, embracing its complexity and approaching it from many angles.

    The author explains that the title “is meant to suggest that one has to take into account not just the China that hits the headlines, or the top-line economic statistics or the straight-line projections to the future that may or may not come to pass, but also a host of down-to-earth factors which actually determine how the country functions and where it is going".

    This is a snapshot of where the nation is today and a quick-fire analysis of what’s next. Any businessman heading for China will find the book a great briefing.
    Sunday Times
    As a one-stop guide to political and economic realities in China today, Tiger Head, Snake Tails is fast-moving, informed and illuminating. Guardian

    The free event is organised by the Leeds Business Confucius Institute and will be hosted at the Maurice Keyworth Building, University of Leeds. To register your place and for more information, check out the event page here.
  • Heffers Presents: The Penultimate Curiosity

    Thursday, February 11th at 18:30 - 20:00

    At 6pm on 11th February, join Andrew Briggs and Roger Wagner at the Winstanley theatre, Trinity College for a lecture based around their new book The Penultimate Curiosity: How Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions.  The talk will be followed by a drinks reception a few steps away, at Heffers bookshop, where you will have the opportunity to purchase the book for the special launch night price of £20 (usual price £25).

    This book sets out to answer one of the most profound questions about the development of human thought: why it is that throughout the long journey from cave painting to quantum physics what we now refer to as 'science' and 'religion' have been so closely entangled.

    This event is free to attend but booking is essential; please RSVP to secure your place.


    Alistair Kerr: Betrayal – The Murder of Robert Nairac GC

    Thursday, February 11th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Due to unforeseen circumstances this event has been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

    Captain Robert Nairac was a Grenadier Guards officer serving in Northern Ireland when on 14 May 1977 he was abducted and murdered by the Provisional IRA. Mystery surrounds the circumstances of his abduction and the fact that his body has never been found has provoked much speculations.

    Alistair Kerr's new book Betrayal gives new insight into Nairac's life in South Armagh and the events leading up to that fateful night in 1977.

    “The word unputdownable is too often used, but not here. At last a thoroughly readable book, researched over years, that tells us the nearest to the truth we will ever get about the last mission and murder in Ulster s bandit country of young Guards officer Robert Nairac” Frederick Forsyth

    About the Author…
    Alistair Kerr was born in Scotland. His father was an officer in the Royal Army Medical Corps, who later became an academic. Alistair studied History and Law at the University of Edinburgh and later became a civil servant. During his Law studies, which included Forensic Medicine, he was shown the pickled remains of the wife of a notorious murderer to whom he is distantly related, Dr Buck Ruxton, hanged in 1936, although he was then unaware of his relationship to him. Another ancestor was accused of complicity in a poisoning murder in the 17th century: unsurprisingly, he has an interest in murder mysteries. He has lived, worked and travelled in a number of countries including Kenya, Zimbabwe, France and Australia and now divides his time between Scotland, Lincolnshire and London.

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or

    Kate McLelland

    Sunday, February 14th at 14:00 - 15:30
    Date: Sunday 14th of February
    Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us to celebrate the new children's book by Kate McLelland, Blackbird, Blackbird, What Do You Do?, a heart-warming story about finding out who you are.

    Pip doesn't know what he wants to do, so he goes on a journey to find out. Along the way he tries doing what Heron does, and Owl and Pigeon, until he discovers that singing is the thing that he is best at.

    A fun story about finding yourself - with incredibly stylish artwork.

    So come along to our launch party! There will be cake, colouring in and story-telling - Kate will be reading from her book around 2:30pm, so make sure to get a good spot!

    Please let us know if you can make it by joining our event Facebook here

    Did we mention the cake?


    Monday, February 15th at 18:00 - 19:30
    Date: Monday 15th of February
    Time: 6.00pm
    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 Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

    What is the book about?
    Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at fifteen, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down. Their parallel odysseys are enriched throughout by vivid accomplices and mesmerising dramas. Cats converse with people; fish tumble from the sky; a ghostlike pimp deploys a Hegel-spouting girl of the night; a forest harbours soldiers apparently un-aged since WWII. There is a savage killing, but the identity of both victim and killer is a riddle. Murakami's novel is at once a classic quest, but it is also a bold exploration of mythic and contemporary taboos, of patricide, of mother-love, of sister-love. Above all it is a bewitching and wildly inventive novel from a master stylist.

    Future meetings...
    In March we are discussing To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf and in April The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac.

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

    So join today! Just email your name and address details to

  • Q&A and Book Signing - The Smart Sceptic's Guide to Social Media in Organisations

    Tuesday, February 16th at 17:30 - 19:00
    If you are considering employee advocacy for your organisation but you are not sure how to sustain the participation of your employees on social media, this book offers a three-step framework developed through research and real life examples. Join Yekemi Otaru in branch while she talks about her book. Enda Logan - visiting Professor at RGU and CEO at The Fifth Business will be  introducing the event, followed by the main talk by Yekemi Otaru,  a Q&A and book signing.   This event is FREE but we encourage people to reserve their place. Tickets are  available here or in person in store at Aberdeen Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 01224 486102 or emailing
  • Heffers Presents: Book Launch: Battling the Gods

    Tuesday, February 16th at 18:30 - 20:00

    Join us at 6.30pm on 16th February for the launch of Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World by Tim Whitmarsh.

    Long before the European Enlightenment and the Darwinian revolution, which we often take to mark the birth of the modern revolt against religious explanations of the world, brave people doubted the power of the gods. Religion provoked scepticism in ancient Greece, and heretics argued that history must be understood as a result of human action rather than divine intervention. They devised theories of the cosmos based on matter, and notions of matter based on atoms. They developed mathematical tools that could be applied to the world around them, and tried to understand that world in material terms. Their scepticism left a rich legacy of literature, philosophy and science, and was defended by great writers like Epicurus, Lucretius, Cicero and Lucian. Tim Whitmarsh tells the story of the tension between orthodoxy and heresy with great panache, a story that ended - for the moment - with the imposition of Christianity on the Roman Empire in 313 CE.

    This event is free to attend but booking is essential; please RSVP to secure your place


    Launch: A Guide to Therapeutic Child Care

    Thursday, February 18th at 18:00 - 20:00
    Date: Thursday 18th of February
    Time: 6pm for 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join Dr Ruth Emond, Dr Laura Steckley and Dr Autumn Roesch-Marsh to celebrate the publication of their new book for Social Work practitioners.

    This event will be chaired by Professor Brigid Daniel.

    About the Book…
    A Guide to Therapeutic Child Care provides an easy to read explanation of the secrets that lie behind good quality therapeutic child care. It describes relevant theories, the 'invisible' psychological challenges that children will often struggle with and how to develop a nurturing relationship and build trust. Combining advice with practical strategies, the book also provides specific guidance on how to create safe spaces (both physical and relational) and how to aid the development of key social or emotional skills for children which may be lacking as a result of early trauma. Written with input from foster carers, the book is an ideal guide for residential child care workers, foster carers, kinship carers, social workers and new adoptive parents.

    This event is Free but ticketed.

    Tickets are available in person from the desk on the Ground Floor at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8222 or emailing Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Moving Pages Film Book Club- Stardust

    Thursday, February 18th at 18:30 - 21:30
    Love seeing your favourite books brought to life on the big screen? Dislike the way a director has changed the film to the book and want to talk about it? Each month a book will be chosen that has been adapted into a film, members read the book during the month in the lead up to the session before we watch the film together. This month we will be discussing 'Stardust' by Neil Gaiman. The film features Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert de Niro.

    In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm.

    Rating: PG Time: 2 hours 7 minutes. Film ends at 8:40pm. Discussion ends around 9:10pm.

    This event is free to attend! We are unable to allow entry without registration, so book your place now Tel: 01865 333623
  • Heffers Presents: How English Became English

    Thursday, February 18th at 18:30 - 20:00

    Join us at 6.30pm on 18th February for an evening with Simon Horobin, who will be giving a talk based around his new book on the history of the English language, How English Became English.

    The English Language is spoken by more than a billion people throughout the world. But where did English come from? And how has it evolved into the language used today? In Do You Speak English? Simon Horobin investigates the evolution of the English language, examining how the language continues to adapt even today, as English continues to find new speakers and new uses.

    Simon Horobin is a Professor of English at Magdalen College, Oxford and specialises in the history of the English language, particularly during the Medieval period.  In 2013 he raised gasps at the Hay Literary Festival by suggesting that the spellings of 'they’re', 'their' and 'there' could be standardised and asking 'is the apostrophe so crucial to the preservation of our society?'

    This promises to be a stimulating and informative evening!


  • Blackwell's at The University of Bradford proudly presents...Joanne Harris #Storytime

    Thursday, February 18th at 19:00 - 21:30
    We are delighted to announce that bestselling Whitbread-shortlisted author Joanne Harris will be coming to The University of Bradford to perform #Storytime. Joanne will be reading stories from her forthcoming book 'Honeycomb' a collection of dark, captivating fairy tales. Alongside Joanne Harris her #Storytime band will be playing a live set of music to perfectly accompany the captivating stories. After the performance Joanne will be happy to answer questions from the audience and then sign copies of her books. So join us on a dark and broody February evening for what is guaranteed to be a night not to forget! Demand for tickets will be very high so please book early to avoid disappointment.   Location: The Small Hall, Richmond Building, The University of Bradford. Doors Open 6.30pm Show starts 7.00pm Ends 9.00pm Ticket price: £5 (£2 of which can be used against the price of a book on the night) £3 Concession for Students (£2 against the price of a book on the night) Click here to book tickets online. An extra booking fee does apply for online ticket purchases.   Tel: 01274 905149 Email:
  • Jewish Book Week 2016

    Saturday, February 20th at 19:00
    Blackwell's are proud to be the bookseller for Jewish Book Week for the sixth year running. There will be a bookshop stocked with speaker's books and carefully selected range titles in King's Place for the duration of the festival.

    Jewish Book Week is an annual international cultural festival held mostly at Kings Place, a leading central London performance venue. The festival features an extensive and varied programme, presenting writers and speakers from all over the world, from the most eminent to the first-time published. Thousands of people from all London communities and beyond are hosted annually.

    Over 75 events are held over nine days, comprising stimulating talks and discussions on contemporary culture, challenging debates on controversial issues, original musical entertainment and drama.

    For more information, and to book tickets, visit the Jewish Book Week website.

    Monday, February 22nd at 18:00 - 21:00
    Date: Monday 22nd February 2016
    Time: 6:00pm to 9pm
    Venue:Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-63 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Come and play some of our bestselling games. From popular board games like Settlers of Catan to new miniature games like Star Wars X-Wing and classics like Backgammon, we have something for everyone.

    Take this opportunity to try out new games, as our team of seasoned gamers will be on hand to explain all the games to you.

    How does it work?
    Every game gets allocated a one hour slot, which can be booked in advance. Once your hour is up, you can move on to a new game, or play again, unless someone else has already booked the game.
    When you book your free ticket for the evening, please chose which game you would like to play first. Please just book one ticket for you and your group. When you arrive on the night, you will then be able to book your next game or games. Alternatively you can have a look around first.
    On your own? No problem! Just come along and we'll do our best to match you up.

    Everyone attending will receive a voucher that can be redeemed against any of our games on the night.

    Games available to play on the night are
    The Settlers of Catan plus expansion (for 3 to 6 players)
    Pandemic (for 2 to 4 player)
    Star Trek Catan plus expansion (for 3 to 4 players)
    Ticket to Ride Europe (for 2 to 5 players)
    Discworld Ankh-Morpork (for 2 to 4 players)
    Hey, That's my Fish (for 2 to 4 players)
    Carcassonne (for 2 to 5 players)
    Commands & Colors Ancients (for 2 players)
    Puerto Rico (for 3 to 5 players)
    Stramash The Scottish Board Game (for 2 to 6 players)
    Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game (for 2 to 4 players)
    Backgammon (for 2 players)
    Cards against Humanity (for 4 players plus)

    Please book your tickets on Eventbrite

  • LITERATURE LIVE: Jeanette Winterson In Conversation with Louise O’Neill (bookstall)

    Monday, February 22nd at 18:30 - 20:00
    The latest event in the Literature Live series features Jeanette Winterson who is joined by award winning author Louise O’Neill described by The Guardian as ‘the best Young Adult fiction writer alive today’. .

    This is run by the Centre For New Writing. There will be a Blackwell's bookstall and signing.

    Monday 22 Feb 2016 6.30pm International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Cambridge Street Click for tickets
  • Heffers Presents: The Shadow Man: At the Heart of the Cambridge Spy Circle

    Tuesday, February 23rd at 18:30 - 20:00

    As part of Cambridge History Festival, come along to Heffers bookshop on 23rd February for an evening with Geoff Andrews, author of The Shadow Man: the first account of the man who influenced, recruited and manipulated the Cambridge spies.

    James Klugmann appears as a shadowy figure in the legendary history of the Cambridge spies. As both mentor and friend to Donald Maclean, Guy Burgess and others, Klugmann was the man who manipulated promising recruits deemed ripe for conversion to the communist cause. This perception of him was reinforced following the release of his MI5 file and the disclosure of Soviet intelligence files in Moscow, which revealed he played the key part in the recruitment of John Cairncross, the 'fifth man', as well as his pivotal war-time role in the Special Operations Executive in shifting Churchill and the allies to support Tito and the communist partisans in Yugoslavia. In this book, Geoff Andrews reveals Klugmann's story in full for the first time, uncovering the motivations, conflicts and illusions of those drawn into the world of communism and the sacrifices they made on its behalf.


  • MARK LEGGATT: Names of the Dead

    Wednesday, February 24th at 12:00 - 13:30

    Please note this event is not open to the general public. RBS employees/contractors with access to Gogarburn are very welcome.

    We are very pleased to welcome Mark Leggatt to Blackwell's RBS for a book signing this February.

    Mark is the author of international thrillers and his debut novel Names of the Dead is now available in paperback. It is the first in a series of gripping page-turners that will keep you on the edge of your seat as it hurtles around the world, with numerous intelligence agencies in hot pursuit.

    Connor Montrose is running for his life. All that he held dear has been ripped away. Every Western intelligence agency and all the police forces of Europe are looking for him, with orders to shoot on sight. The only man who can prove his innocence, is the man that most wants him dead.

    Only one woman, a Mossad sleeper in Paris, will stand by his side.With her help, he must now turn and fight. His journey of evasion and revenge take him from hidden Holocaust bank vaults in Zurich, to the stinking sewers of Paris and dust-choked souks of Morocco.

    Finally, in the back streets of Tehran, under the gaze of the Ayatollahs, he has the chance to end it, as it began. In blood.

    ‘Names of the Dead is a fast-moving action-drenched thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat from the first page to the last.’ Crime Book Club

    ‘Names of the Dead is a strong debut. Leggatt is a skilled storyteller and his book is a compelling read, sure to be enjoyed by fans of Lee Child and James Patterson. If you only read one crime novel this year, make it this one.’ Annette Nimmo

    After living all over the Europe and working in disaster recovery and banking technology, Mark currently resides in Scotland. He has appeared at the Bloody Scotland International Crime Festival and ThrillerFest X in New York and his next book The London Cage is coming soon.

    To reserve a signed or dedicated copy of Names of the Dead please visit the Blackwell’s, call 0131 626 3015, or by email .

    Please note this event is not open to the general public. RBS employees/contractors with access to Gogarburn are very welcome.

  • Blackwell's Newcastle: One Book 2016: Sarah Waters in conversation with Jackie Kay at the Curtis Auditorium

    Wednesday, February 24th at 18:00

    Sarah Waters will be talking with Jackie Kay about her book The Little Stranger.

    This event is the culmination of the ‘One Book’ reading challenge designed to encourage students to engage with the very best contemporary literature.

    Tickets are available from the Newcastle University Webstore. For further information see the NCLA website.

  • Heffers Presents: Poetry Launch: Cavalcanty by Peter Hughes and Time Dust by Ian Patterson

    Wednesday, February 24th at 18:30 - 20:00

    Join us on 24th February for the launch of two new poetry collections published by Equipage: Cavalcanty by Peter Hughes and Time Dust by Ian Patterson.

    Peter Hughes is based in Hunstanton, having worked as a teacher and translator in Italy and the UK. He is the publisher of the Oystercatcher Press chapbooks and has had his own works published by a wide range of presses, including Equipage, Shearsman and Reality Street. His most recent publications are Quite Frankly: After Petrarch’s Sonnets (Reality Street, 2015) and Cavalcanty (Equipage, 2015)

    Ian Patterson lives and works in Cambridge, where he is a fellow of Queens’ College. He is well known for his work on Modernism and C20 and contemporary literature, especially poetry. A Selected Poems was published by Salt in 2003 under the title Time to Get Here. Since then, The Glass Bell (2009) has appeared from Barque, as well as Time Dust (2015) from Equipage and Still Life (2015) from Oystercatcher.

    Alex Danchev: On Good and the Evil and the Grey Zone

    Wednesday, February 24th at 18:30
    Date: Wednesday 24th of February
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    How can works of the imagination help us to understand good and evil in the modern world?

    In this new collection of essays, Alex Danchev puts art to work in the service of political and ethical inquiry. He takes inspiration from Seamus Heaney’s dictum: ‘the imaginative transformation of human life is the means by which we can most truly grasp and comprehend it’. This is a book of blasphemers, world menders, troublemakers, torturers and turbulent priests of every persuasion.

    In this talk he will focus on the idea of the art and the artist as "moral witness" - the crucial moral witness of our troubled times. The presentation will be illustrated by photographs by Chloe Dewe Mathews from the series 'Shot at Dawn'

    About the Speaker…
    Alex Danchev is Professor of International Relations at the University of St Andrews, and the recipient of a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship for 2014-17. He is the author of a number of internationally acclaimed biographies, most recently Cézanne (2012), and an influential collection of essays, On Art and War and Terror (2009). He is also the editor of the best-selling 100 Artists’ Manifestos (2011).

    Tickets are available in person from the desk on the Ground Floor at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8222 or emailing Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here


    Thursday, February 25th at 19:00 - 20:00
    What does cake mean for different people? How have we come to have such a huge variety of cakes? What had to happen historically for them to appear? And what can they tell us about the family, and women's roles in particular?  Alysa Levene, author of Cake: A Slice of History will be discussing the history behind one of our much loved delicious treats. Cake: A Slice of History travels through time from King Alfred to our modern-day love of cupcakes, via Queen Victoria's patriotic sandwich, the Southern States of America, slavery and the spice trade, to the rise of the celebrity chef . . . and so much more.

    Alysa Levene is a social historian at Oxford Brookes University (and enthusiastic amateur baker). She has researched and published articles and books on a variety of topics which connect with this book: the history of childhood, health, the family, and food.

    Tickets for this event include a special cupcake treat and cost £5. To purchase a ticket please visit our Customer Service Department located in the Norrington Room or call 01865 333623.
  • Blackwell's Bradford present An Evening With Alec Ross

    Friday, February 26th at 19:00 - 21:30
    Blackwell's Bradford are very proud to present An Evening With Alec Ross. Alec will be talking about his new book The Industries of the Future and will be taking questions and signing copies on the evening. Alec Ross is one of America’s leading experts on innovation and former Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Ross also served as Convener for the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Policy Committee on Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and served on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team. Ross is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and serves as an advisor to investors, corporations, and government leaders.  More info about Alec can be found on his website: We are delighted to be hosting this event in the prestigious Bradford School of Management, in the main Arthur Francis Lecture Theatre. Tickets are free but you will need to book to attend. Tickets can also be booked online at Eventbrite
  • NTU Global Week

    Monday, February 29th at 11:00 TO Friday, March 4th at 14:00
    NTU Global week City Campus. takes place from 29th Feb-4th March 2016. Following on from last years successful event Blackwell's will again be joining in with the festival with a stall in Newton building. Foreign Language, travel guides and food of the world will be the theme at the stall this year.

    Global week has different themes each day focusing on different regions of the world:

    • Monday - UK & Europe Tuesday - Africa Wednesday - Asia & the Pacific Thursday - Middles East & the Arab World Friday - The Americas and the Caribbean
    •  We will have a different selection of books each day which relate to the themes - so it's definitely visiting us more than once.
    We will also have lots of competitions to test travel knowledge and some exciting prizes.     We had so much fun last year, even the Queen turned up!  
  • LITERATURE LIVE: Jeanette Winterson In Conversation with Helen MacDonald (bookstall)

    Monday, February 29th at 18:30 - 20:00
    The Centre for New Writing and MLF are delighted to present Jeanette Winterson in conversation with writer, poet, illustrator and naturalist Helen MacDonald about writing, hawks, Englishness, grief and success.

    This is a Manchester Literature Festival and Centre For New Writing event. There will be a Blackwell's bookstall and signing. Monday 29 February 2016 6.30pm: Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester. Click for tickets.
  • Cheats and Deceits at the Royal Institution

    Monday, February 29th at 19:00
    Individuals of numerous species face a constant battle to survive, find food, and reproduce. However, many don’t play fair - they deceive and manipulate others in order to lure unsuspecting prey, avoid attack from predators, coerce mates, and trick others into rearing their young.

    Martin Stevens will discuss how widespread deception is in nature, including remarkable examples ranging from ant-mimicking spiders to cheating cuckoos. He will explore the latest developments in understanding the evolution of deception and how it works, along with a range of new discoveries. He will explain how our understanding of deception has been shaped by both Victorian pioneers of evolution and exploration and the latest scientific experiments, and yet how some mysteries still remain.

    After the event Blackwell's will be selling copies of Martin Steven's book Cheats and Deceits.

    Tickets are now available for this event, and can be booked here.
    Meet bestselling YA author Rachel Caine

    Tuesday, March 1st at 18:00 - 19:00
    Date: Tuesday 1st of March
    Time: 6:00pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Blackwell's are very (VERY) excited to be hosting one of our favourite YA authors from across the pond! Rachel will be in-store to chat about her book Ink and Bone, the first book in a fantastic new series!

    In her new series Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.

    It once held hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of irreplaceable, hand-written volumes until it vanished in fire and blood thousands of years ago. But what if the Great Library had survived? With the vast knowledge of the ancients at its disposal, it could change the world.

    And it has.

    Jess Brightwell lives in a world where knowledge is strictly controlled and owned by the Library; owning personal books is illegal. His family makes a fortune smuggling books to collectors, but Jess has a love of knowledge that is a disadvantage in his line of work. His scheming father makes a liability into an asset, sending Jess to apprentice at the Great Library of Alexandria itself; having a spy in their ranks, he thinks, can only be a help.
    But from the moment Jess arrives, it's clear that the Library is a far more savage and sinister place than he could have guessed. His class of aspiring Librarians is full of gifted, driven students, but only six will be chosen ... and the tests will push them all to their limits. Some become friends; others become enemies. And none of them can trust their proctor, Scholar Wolfe, who hides a great many secrets behind a bitter, uncaring exterior.
    When Jess and his friend Thomas invent something revolutionary, they discover just how far the Library will go protect its knowledge ... and the power it brings.

    About the Author…
    Rachel Caine's rich, diverse bibliography of more than 45 books in print covers many categories and genres. She started out writing horror and fantasy as Roxanne Longstreet (Stormriders, The Undead, Red Angel, Cold Kiss, Slow Burn) before switching to the name Roxanne Conrad and publishing romantic suspense and mystery (Copper Moon, Bridge of Shadows, Exile). By 2003, she began to publish under her current pseudonym, specializing in urban fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal young adult fiction.
    She has been writing original fiction since the age of fourteen, and professionally published since 1991. She graduated from Socorro High School in El Paso Texas (where she was a UIL all-state champion in music and journalism) and went on to earn an accounting degree from Texas Tech University. She played professionally as a musician for several years once out of college, but ultimately gave up the music for writing.
    She's had a varied "day job" career, including web design, graphic arts, accounting, payroll management, insurance investigation, and (most recently) corporate communications and crisis management. (It all counts as research.)

    This event is free but ticketed. Tickets are available in person from the desk on the Ground Floor at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8222 or emailing Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or

  • Heffers Presents: An Evening with Susannah Lipscomb: The King is Dead

    Tuesday, March 1st at 18:30 - 20:00

    Join us at 6.30pm on 1st March for an evening with historian, author and TV presenter Susannah Lipscomb, who will be giving a talk based around her book The King Is Dead: an authoritative and beautiful account of the last will and testament of Tudor King Henry VIII.

    On 28 January 1547, the sickly and obese King Henry VIII died at Whitehall. Just hours before his passing, his last will and testament had been read, stamped and sealed. Henry's will is one of the most intriguing and contested documents in British history. Historians have disagreed over its intended meaning, its authenticity and validity, and the circumstances of its creation. As well as examining the background to the drafting of the will and describing Henry's last days, Suzannah Lipscomb offers her own, illuminating interpretation of one of the most significant constitutional documents of the Tudor period.

    This event forms part of the Cambridge History Festival, and promises to be a fascinating and insightful evening with award-winning academic Susannah.


  • Chris Nickson - The New Eastgate Swing at Blackwell's, Leeds

    Wednesday, March 2nd at 18:00 - 19:30
    Blackwell's, Leeds is delighted to host Chris Nickson, the author of many successful historical novels set in Leeds, for a reading from his new novel, 'The New Eastgate Swing'

    Leeds, 1957: When enquiry agent Dan Markham and his new partner, retired Detective Sergeant Baker, take on a missing persons case, a simple matter turns into a murder investigation when a body is recovered from the River Aire. Nothing is what it seems. The dead man is an East German. A defector or spy? More mysterious deaths follow and the investigation takes a deadly turn as the pair try to track down a ruthless Russian assassin and Markham finds himself dragged into the heart of a Cold War – in Leeds.

    This is a free event. Please pre-book your tickets on the Eventbrite page here. Free customer car park. Full wheelchair access. All welcome!
  • Heffers Presents: The Age of Genius: An Evening with A.C. Grayling

    Wednesday, March 2nd at 18:29 - 20:00

    Join Professor A C Grayling as he talks about his new book The Age of Genius: The Seventeenth Century and the Birth of the Modern Mind.

    What happened to the European mind between 1605 and 1649? In this turbulent period, science moved from the alchemy and astrology of John Dee to the painstaking observation and astronomy of Galileo, from the classicism of Aristotle, still favoured by the Church, to the evidence-based, collegiate investigation of Francis Bacon. And if the old ways still lingered and affected the new mind set – Descartes’s dualism an attempt to square the new philosophy with religious belief; Newton, the man who understood gravity and the laws of motion, still fascinated to the end of his life by alchemy – by the end of that tumultuous century ‘the greatest ever change in the mental outlook of humanity’ had irrevocably taken place.

    Prof. Grayling will be signing copies of the book following his talk.


    Tom Devine: Restless Nation - Scotland 1999 to 2016 and Beyond

    Wednesday, March 2nd at 19:00 - 20:30
    Date: Wednesday 2nd of March
    Time: 7:00pm
    Venue: Surgeon's Hall Museum, Royal College of Surgeons, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW

    About the Book…
    There can be no relationship in Europe's history more creative, significant, vexed and uneasy than that between Scotland and England. From the Middle Ages onwards the island of Britain has been shaped by the unique dynamic between Edinburgh and London, exchanging inhabitants, monarchs, money and ideas, sometimes in a spirit of friendship and at others in a spirit of murderous dislike.

    Tom Devine's seminal new book explores this extraordinary history in all its ambiguity, from the seventeenth century to the present. When not undermining each other with invading armies, both Scotland and England have broadly benefitted from each other's presence - indeed for long periods of time nobody questioned the union which joined them. But as Devine makes clear, it has for the most part been a relationship based on consent, not force, on mutual advantage, rather than antagonism - and it has always held the possibility of a political parting of the ways. With the United Kingdom under a level of scrutiny unmatched since the Eighteenth century Independence or Union is the essential guide

    About the Author…
    Professor Emeritus Sir Tom Devine is arguably Scotland's most eminent historian. Educated at the University of Strathclyde he has written, edited and contributed to many books on the history of Scotland, most recently Recovering Scotland's Slavery Past, published by Edinburgh University Press in 2015. In 2001 he was presented by HM the Queen with the Royal Gold Medal, Scotland's supreme academic accolade, and was knighted in 2014 'for services to the study of Scottish history'.

    Tickets are FREE and available in person from the main counter on the Ground Floor at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8222 or emailing or on Eventbrite here

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or at

  • Bradford Book/Film Reading Group for March

    Thursday, March 3rd at 18:00 - 21:00
    Sign up now for our Blackwell’s Bradford Book/Film Reading Group. The ninth meeting is on Thursday 3rd of March at 6pm in lecture theatre E59 in the Richmond Building. We will watch and discuss William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist. Each month we will choose a book and on the night of the meeting we will watch the film adaptation of the same book and discuss the merits (or lack of) both. This event is free to attend! We are unable to allow entry without registration, so book your place now. Tel: 01274 905149 or email
  • Blackwell's High Holborn Book Quiz

    Thursday, March 3rd at 18:30 - 20:30
    We're quizzing again! Join us in the shop at High Holborn for book related questions, brain teasers, and joy! It's free to attend and we can provide cups but remember to bring your own drinks and snacks.

    Teams can be a maximum of four and don't forget to book a ticket for every team member. There'll be spot prizes throughout the night, including one for best literary quiz team name, plus a grand prize of Blackwell's vouchers for the clever winners!

    Book your tickets here.
  • What Goes Around: a cycle courier's story with Emily Chappell

    Thursday, March 3rd at 19:00 - 21:00
    This is one stop on a nationwide cycling book tour by London cycle courier EMILY CHAPPELL. This is the Manchester launch of WHAT GOES AROUND, a book about discovery and belonging, connection and memory, choosing life's uncharted course and the delicious sensation of just riding.

    Join Emily as she records the pain and pleasure of a life on wheels: the hurtling, dangerous missions; the moments of fear and freedom, anger and exhaustion; the camaraderie of the courier tribe and its idiosyncratic characters.

    Ths is a free event and a must for anyone with a passion for cycling in the city. Hosted by Blackwell's Manchester: takes place at Sandbar up the road.

    Thursday 3 March 2016 7pm: Sandbar, Grosvenor Street, Manchester. Click for event info.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Philosophy in the Bookshopwith Nigel Warburton and Luciano Floridi

    Saturday, March 5th at 11:00 - 12:00
    Each month, Nigel Warburton will be hosting an event with a fellow philosopher in a series entitled 'Philosophy in the Bookshop'. For the month of March, Nigel will be in conversation with Luciano Floridi.

    Luciano Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford. He is best known for his work on two areas of philosophical research: The Philosophy of Information and Information Ethics. His books are numerous and have been translated into many languages.

    The 'Philosophy in the Bookshop' talks take place on the first Saturday of each month and are free to attend. They take place in the philosophy department which is located in the Norrington Room. For more information, please call 01865 333620 or email
  • Brackenhurst pop up Bookshop

    Monday, March 7th at 11:00 TO Friday, March 11th at 15:00
    Brackenhurst Bookshop We will be running a pop up shop on Brackenhurst campus 7th March -11th March 11am -3 pm Mon to Fri located at the Brackenhurst Library The pop up shop is for all students and staff based at NTU offering the opportunity to browse and buy a range of books applicable to your course. We will also have a selection of non academic books, gifts and Stationery available. We will also be giving out information for other services we have available to students such as: • 2ndhand buy back service • Price match guarantee • How to find your reading list details • Where Blackwell's are located at NTU • Obtaining eBooks - including our new eBook/print book multi buy offer More than Books - we aren't just a bookshop we also sell stationery, tablets and course materials as well as more If you are a lecturer and would like to request we stock a book from your reading list at the pop up shop please contact us at To find out about more services for Brackenhurst students please visit our webpage  
  • Mervyn King Book Signing

    Tuesday, March 8th at 12:00 - 13:30
    Please note that this event is only open to employees of the Royal Bank of Scotland and not to the general public.



    The End of Alchemy: Money, Banking and the Future of the Global Economy

    Tuesday 8th March (lunchtime)

    We are delighted to welcome Mervyn King to Blackwell’s at the Royal Bank of Scotland HQ to sign copies of his forthcoming book The End of Alchemy.

    In this refreshing and vivid book, the former Governor of the Bank of England – an actor in the drama – examines the recent crisis and explores the underlying causes of what went wrong. Lord King argues for fundamental changes to the financial system in order to reduce the risk of a new crisis. It was not a crisis of banking or policy-making but ideas.

    In this book, Lord King proposes revolutionary new concepts to answer the central question: are money and banking a form of Alchemy or are they the Achilles heel of a modern capitalist economy?

    Lord King was the Governor of the Bank of England and Chairman of the Bank’s Monetary Policy from 2003 to 2013. He holds professorships in Economics at the LSE and New York University.

    “Mervyn King may well have written the most important book to come out of the financial crisis. From his extraordinary perspective as a brilliant economist who made policy at the highest level, he issues a clarion call for new ideas and new policies, and then delivers. Agree or disagree, King's arguments deserve the attention of everyone from economics students to heads of state.” — Lawrence H. Summers

    “I have read umpteen books about the financial crisis of 2007-2008 and its lessons. This is the cleverest one, brimming over with new ideas. While other "lords of finance" publish memoirs, King has produced a brilliant analysis not only of what went wrong in the global financial system, but also of what went wrong in economics itself.” — Niall Ferguson

    “Mervyn King asks, "Why has almost every industrialised country found it difficult to overcome the stagnation that followed the financial crisis in 2007-2008, and why did money and banking, the alchemists of a market economy, turn into its Achilles heel?" He addresses these questions, and much more. For those endeavouring to understand the greatest financial crisis of our time and the future of finance, this highly provocative book is a must read.” — Alan Greenspan

    To reserve a copy in advance, please do contact us or visit the bookshop. If you are unable to attend the signing, we can arrange for Lord King to sign a dedicated copy in your absence.

    0131 626 3015

    Blackwell’s RBS and the events held there are only open to employees of the Royal Bank of Scotland and not the general public.

    Jenny Nex: Women Pulling The Strings

    Tuesday, March 8th at 18:00 - 20:00
    Date: Tuesday 8th of March
    Time: 6:00pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Women in musical instrument making businesses in 18th- and 19th-century London

    To celebrate International Women's Day we have teamed up with the fantastic people at the Musical Instrument Museums at St. Cecilia's Hall in Edinburgh.

    Since the 1960s, when historians began to perceive ‘the conspicuous absence of women from the historical record’, researchers have been exploring the involvement of women in work, the family and society in general. Musical instrument historians have begun this process only recently, mostly because very few instruments signed by women survive, giving the impression that they were often absent from the trade. However, evidence shows that some women were active as makers themselves or owned and ran their own businesses, while others worked in supporting roles such as managing the accounts and running the household.

    This presentation explores the surviving evidence concerning women working in musical instrument building firms in London in the 18th and 19th centuries. By drawing on materials from a variety of archival sources, glimpses of their lives and activities may be seen. This process also helps to understand the structures and working practices of musical instrument making firms in general and enables us to place them within the context of business structures in early industrial London.

    About the Speaker…
    Following her early education in Cambridge, Jenny studied music at the University of Edinburgh from where she went on to specialise as a singer in historically informed performance at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She gained her MA in Museum & Gallery Management in 1997 from City University and in 2005 took over as Curator of the Museum at the Royal College of Music. In 2013, she moved to a similar role in the Musical Instrument Museums Edinburgh based at St Cecilia’s Hall. Jenny’s research interests include the context, design and construction of musical instruments and she completed her PhD at Goldsmiths College in 2013, studying ‘The Businesses of Musical Instrument Making in Early Industrial London’ (c1760–1820).

    Tickets are available in person from the desk on the Ground Floor at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8222 or emailing Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

    For more information please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or

  • Heffer Presents: Book Launch: A Man of Genius

    Tuesday, March 8th at 18:30 TO Saturday, March 26th at 20:00
    Join us at 6.30pm on 8th March for the launch of A Man of Genius by Janet Todd, with a reading from special guest Miriam Margolyes. Set in the bustling society of Regency England and decaying Venice, A Man of Genius portrays a psychological journey from safety into secrecy and obsession. Ann, a successful writer of cheap Gothic novels, becomes obsessed with Robert James, regarded by many, including himself, as a genius, with his ideas, his talk, and his band of male followers. However, their relationship becomes tortuous, as Robert descends into violence and madness. Until recently Janet Todd was President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, where she inaugurated a festival for women writers and ran the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize.  Also an Honorary Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge, her life-long passion has been for women writers, both the largely unknown and the famous.  She has written over forty books and is an expert on Jane Austen, Mary Wollstonecraft, the Shelley circle, Byron and Aphra Behn. The event is free to attend but booking is essential; please RSVP to secure your place. BOOK TICKETS
  • Heffers Presents: Book Launch: Into the Black

    Wednesday, March 9th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Join us on 9th March for the launch of Into the Black by Rowland White. On 12th April 1981 a revolutionary new spacecraft blasted off from Florida on her maiden flight. NASA’s Space Shuttle Columbia was the most advanced flying machine ever built – the high watermark of post-war aviation development. A direct descendant of the record-breaking X-planes the likes of which Chuck Yeager had tested in the skies over the Mojave Desert, Columbia was a winged rocket plane, the size of an airliner, capable of flying to space and back before being made ready to fly again. She was the world’s first real spaceship…  Drawing on brand new interviews with astronauts and engineers, archive material and newly declassified documents, Rowland White, bestselling author of Vulcan 607, has pieced together the dramatic untold story of the mission for the first time. Into the Black is a thrilling race against time; a gripping high stakes cold-war story, and a celebration of a beyond the state-of-the-art machine that, hailed as one of the seven new wonders of the world, rekindled our passion for spaceflight. This event is free to attend but booking is essential; please RSVP to reserve your place. BOOK TICKETS
  • Launch of Into The Mountains by Pedro Algorta

    Thursday, March 10th at 18:30
    We invite you to hear Pedro Algorta’s story as he launches his new book Into the Mountains: The Extraordinary True Story of Survival in the Andes and its Aftermath. Pedro will be introduced by award-winning writer Piers Paul Read.

    On December 22nd 1972, the world discovered that sixteen of the forty-five passengers of the Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 that crashed in the Andes seventy days earlier were still alive. Pedro Algorta has never spoken of his experience but he breaks his silence of over 40 years and gives a first-hand account of one of the most incredible stories of human survival and team spirit. Refreshments will be provided.

    This event is free, but please book your ticket!
    Kevin MacNeil: The Brilliant and Forever

    Thursday, March 10th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Thursday 10th of March
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us to celebrate the publication of The Brilliant & Forever, the new (much awaited but so worth the wait) novel by award-winning writer Kevin MacNeil.

    On an island like no other, populated by writers, the annual Brilliant & Forever Festival is a much anticipated event; its participants a story away from either glory or infamy.
    This year, three best friends - two human, one alpaca - are chosen to compete, so victory is not only about reward. This is a novel like no other; a wonderful, provocative tussle, a whip-cracking, energetic, laugh-out-loud satire on what we value in culture, and in our lives. And yet, written with exquisite warmth and empathy, it's also a moving exploration of integrity, friendship and belonging.

    It'll split your sides and break your heart.

    About the Author…
    Kevin MacNeil is a novelist, poet, playwright, journalist and writing tutor born and raised in the Outer Hebrides, now living in London. His previous novels, A Method Actor’s Guide to Jekyll and Hyde (Polygon) and bestselling debut, The Stornoway Way (Penguin), were both published to widespread critical acclaim. My first book, Love and Zen in the Outer Hebrides (Canongate), won the Tivoli Europa Giovani International Poetry Prize for best poetry collection published in Europe by a writer under 35.

    Tickets are available in person from the desk on the Ground Floor at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8222 or emailing Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or

  • Heffers Presents: Book Launch: Life is Just...

    Thursday, March 10th at 18:30 - 20:00

    Join us at 6.30pm on 10th March for an evening of short films and readings to launch Nigel Lesmoir-Gordon's new novel set in 1960s Cambridge: Life Is Just...

    Cambridge 1962. At the dawn of the decade of the cultural revolution. What the Wheatcrofts don't have isn't worth having.  And they have everything to lose...



    Thursday, March 10th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Dawn Foster will be joining us to discuss her new book 'Lean Out' a concise, accessible and powerful call for a more inclusive feminism in an age of austerity.

    'Lean Out' argues that feminism has gone mainstream in the 21st century, with the resulting discussions often restricted to issues that are of limited relevance to women struggling to survive under austerity. Surveying business, media, culture and politics 'Lean Out' discusses how 'trickledown' feminism offers little material gain for women collectively and argues instead of learning in, we need to disrupt, to shout back, to lean out.

    Dawn Foster will be in discussion with Selina Todd author of 'The People'. Selina is currently researching a new book, studying feminism and women’s lives since 1945. She is also part of Women in the Humanities, which brings together scholars from across humanities disciplines to develop new approaches to women’s equalities.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be purchased from our customer service department or by calling 01865 333623. For enquiries about this event, please email
  • Heffers Presents: Book launch: The Witches of Cambridge

    Tuesday, March 15th at 18:30 - 20:00

    Join us at 6.30pm on the 15th of March for the launch of The Witches of Cambridge; the latest charming novel by Menna van Praag.

    The Cambridge University witches have been meeting for as long as the university has been around – over 900 years – they meet mainly to discuss books, though they do so on the roofs of the colleges and they drink hot chocolate while up there. The members are limited and selective, only those invited can join. In 2014 this includes Kat (a great spell-caster and professor of mathematics), George (a professor of Classics & all-round witch who seems to have no special skills), Amandine (retired French Literature professor and psychic, Kat’s mother) and Noa (student of history – who sees people’s secrets and can’t help but say them). Cosima, Kat’s sister, is the chef/owner of Gustare, the best café in Cambridge, where the group meets every month. Cosima is also a witch and, when she begins casting spells to attract a mate (being desperate to conceive) everything starts to go wrong – she sets off a chain of events that turns each of the witches’ worlds upside down…

    Menna van Praag was born in Cambridge and studied Modern History at Oxford University. She lives in Cambridge and sets her novels among the colleges, cafes and bookshops of the city.


  • Q&A and Book Signing - Oil Strike North Sea

    Thursday, March 17th at 17:00 - 18:00
    Join Author Mike Shepherd for a Question and Answer Session followed by a signing. From the front line of oil exploration, geologist Mike Shepherd gives an authentic account of how oil and gas exploration developed in the North Sea from the 1960s to the present day. Oil Strike North Sea: A First-hand History of North Sea Oil is a powerful book that brings home the immensity of the challenge involved and celebrates an extraordinary triumph of engineering and science on this new frontier of knowledge – before the North Sea fields, oil had never before been extracted at such depths, or in such stormy waters. This event is FREE but we encourage people to reserve their place. Tickets are  available here or in person in store at Aberdeen Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 01224 486102 or emailing
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Moving Pages Film Book Club- 1984

    Thursday, March 17th at 18:30 - 21:30
    Love seeing your favourite books brought to life on the big screen? Dislike the way a director has changed the film to the book and want to talk about it?

    Each month a book will be chosen that has been adapted into a film, members read the book during the month in the lead up to the session before we watch the film together. This month we will be watching and discussing Goerge Orwell's 1984. The film was released in 1984 and stars John Hurt, Richard Burton and Suzanna Hamilton.

    George Orwell's novel of a totalitarian future society in which a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love.

    Film Rating: 15 Length: 1hr53 est film finish 8:30. Event finish 9pm

    This event is free to attend. To confirm your attendance please email to register.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Philosophy in the Bookshop with Nigel Warburton and Sarah Bakewell

    Saturday, March 19th at 11:00 - 12:00
    Philosopher Nigel Warburton hosts a series of talks with fellow thinkers in a programme of events called 'Philosophy in the Bookshop'.

    For the month of March we have added an extra date with the author of How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in one question and twenty attempts at an answer, and At the Existentialist Cafe Sarah Bakewell.

    Paris 1933, Three young friends meet over cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz baron the rue Montparnasse. They are Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone De Beauvoir and their friend Raymond Aron, who opens their eyes to a radical new way of thinking. This book tells the story of modern existentialism as one of passionate encounters between people, minds and ideas.

    The talk is free to attend and lasts approximately 30 minutes followed by the opportunity of questions from the audience and the chance to get your book signed. For more details or information, please call 01865 333620 or email
    Michael J Malone: Bad Samaritan

    Tuesday, March 22nd at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Tuesday 22nd of March
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us for the Edinburgh launch of Michael J. Malone's latest crime thriller, featuring Glasgow DI Ray McBain.

    A Glasgow student is found dead in a city-centre alley, kickstarting a trail of brutality that drives DI Ray McBain to the very edge, staring into the abyss... br> The victim's family and friends are all under suspicion, and McBain has to untangle a sordid web of lies, deceit, blackmail, infidelity and cyberstalking. And when Stigmata, a deranged serial killer from McBain's tortured past, starts taking out new victims - with the suspects and McBain himself in his sights - the case gets even more treacherous. The pressure intensifies until McBain calls on Kenny O'Neill, his old underworld crony, to help watch his back. Will that be enough to stop the killing?

    About the Author…
    Michael J Malone is a Scottish author and poet, born and brought up in the heart of Burns’ country, leading him into a career in the book world. His most recent book,Bad Samaritan is his fourth crime novel. He is also the author of a non-fiction book, Carnegie’s Call, and has had more than 150 poems published in the UK literary press. He wrote The Guillotine Choice with Bashir Saoudi, a computer engineer in Cambridge whose life’s dream is to see his father’s incredible story brought to a public audience before he retires to Algeria.

    Tickets are available in person from the desk on the Ground Floor at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8222 or emailing Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Richard Walters in concert

    Wednesday, March 23rd at 19:00 - 23:00
    Singer/Songwriter Richard Walters will be joining us for a homecoming gig in the Norrington Room as part of his Spring 2016 UK tour. The support act will come from Cooper (ex Spring Offensive).

    Ahead of an upcoming new album release, Richard will be playing songs from this and his extensive back catalogue in a special one off concert in the Norrington Room. Walters has been performing since the formation of his first signed band, Theremin in 2001. Since then he has gone on to work with artists such as Bernard Butler (Suede) and Noel Hogan (The Cranberries). He was signed up as a solo artist by Radiohead's Courtyard Management in 2003.

    Tickets are available from WeGotTickets and cost £6 (plus a booking fee)Refreshments will be available to purchase on the evening.

    Saturday, March 26th at 19:00 - 21:00
    We're thrilled to be welcoming singer/songwriter Kelly Oliver back to Blackwell's to perform in the Norrington Room as part of her 2016 Spring tour.

    Kelly will be performing songs from her second album 'Bedlam' as well as from 2014's stunning debut 'This Land'. Alongside acoustic guitar melodies and notes of Irish storytelling, Kelly includes harmonica, self-taught, which has led to sponsorship from leading brand Hohner. Kelly recently supported Thea Gilmore on her winter tour and has been described by 'Whispering' Bob Harris as "an emerging voice in British Folk Music'.

    Visit Kelly's official site

    "An artist who blends traditional values, with hints of a bold, indie-pop sensibility" The Times

    "A fantastic new talent" Chris Hawkins BBC 6 Music

    Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased from the customer service department or by calling 01865 333623.
  • An Evening of Hemingway with Two's Company

    Thursday, March 31st at 17:30
    Blackwell's Bookshop with be joined by Two's Company Producer Graham Cowley and Director Tricia Thorns for a discussion on Hemingway, specifically his only play The Fifth Column. Set in the Spanish Civil War, this play is appearing on a London stage for the first time, marking 80 years on from the start of the conflict. The evening will include a Q&A on getting the play from page to stage, as well as a discussion on Hemingway's voice and style across novels and drama.

    Ernest Hemingway was in Madrid in 1937, during Franco’s siege, and wrote The Fifth Column there, under that bombardment. Philip Rawlings, a spy-catcher and covert member of the International Brigade, is engaged in a life-and-death struggle to unmask Fifth Columnists inside the besieged city.

    Tickets are free, but please book ahead!

    This event also coincides with the play's debut run at Southwark Playhouse. For more information, or for tickets, visit their website, or follow Two's Company on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Heffers Presents: An Evening with the Unmumsy Mum

    Wednesday, April 13th at 18:30 - 20:00

    Sarah Turner, the wildly popular blogger known as The Unmumsy Mum has written a book! Come and meet her at Heffers on Wednesday 13th April, and hear more of her thoughts in person.

    The Unmumsy Mum writes candidly about motherhood like it really is: the messy, maddening, hilarious reality, how there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach and how it is sometimes absolutely fine to not know what you are doing. The lessons she’s learnt while grappling with two small boys – from birth to teething, 3am night feeds to toddler tantrums, soft play to toilet training – will have you roaring with laughter and taking great comfort in the fact that it’s definitely not just you…

    Mums, this is an evening just for you; an opportunity to take a couple of hours for yourself and enjoy a glass of wine whilst Sarah talks with honesty – and possibly some swearing – about the highs and lows of motherhood. No kids allowed!  Come and share your experiences with other mums who may be doing things differently to you, but ultimately are all doing their best!

  • Heffers Presents: An Evening with Helen Dunmore

    Thursday, April 14th at 18:30 - 20:00

    Join us on 14th April for an evening with author Helen Dunmore, who will be talking about her new novel Exposure.

    Forbidden love, intimate betrayal and the devastating power of exposure drive Helen Dunmore’s remarkable new novel. London, November, 1960: the Cold War is at its height. Spy fever fills the newspapers, and the political establishment knows how and where to bury its secrets. When a highly sensitive file goes missing, Simon Callington is accused of passing information to the Soviets, and arrested. His wife, Lily, suspects that his imprisonment is part of a cover-up, and that more powerful men than Simon will do anything to prevent their own downfall. She knows that she too is in danger, and must fight to protect her children. But what she does not realise is that Simon has hidden vital truths about his past, and may be found guilty of another crime that carries with it an even greater penalty.

    Helen Dunmore is a Sunday Times bestselling novelist and an Orange Prize winner.

  • Heffers Presents: An Evening with Donna Leon

    Wednesday, April 20th at 18:30 - 20:00

    Join us on 20th April for an evening with bestselling author Donna Leon, as she talks about her latest book in the  Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery series: The Waters of Eternal Youth.

    In The Waters of Eternal Youth, the twenty-fifth instalment in the bestselling Brunetti series, our Commissario finds himself drawn into a case that may not be a case at all.

    Donna Leon was named by The Times as one of the 50 Greatest Crime Writers. She is an award-winning crime novelist, celebrated for the bestselling Brunetti series. Donna has lived in Venice for thirty years and previously lived in Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Iran and China, where she worked as a teacher. Donna’s books have been translated into 35 languages and have been published around the world.

    Her previous novels featuring Commissario Brunetti have all been highly acclaimed; including Friends in High Places, which won the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, Fatal Remedies, Doctored Evidence, A Sea of Troubles and Beastly Things.

  • Heffers Presents: Book Launch: Impure Blood

    Thursday, April 21st at 18:30 - 20:00

    Join us at 6.30pm on 21st April for the launch of Impure Blood by Peter Morfoot.

    In the heat of a French summer, Captain Paul Darac of the Nice Brigade Criminelle is called to a highly sensitive crime scene. A man has been found murdered in the midst of a Muslim prayer group, but no one saw how it was done. Then the organisers of the Nice leg of the Tour de France receive an unlikely terrorist threat. In what becomes a frantic race against time, Darac must try and unpick a complex knot of racial hatred, sex and revenge.

    This event is free to attend but booking is essential; please register to secure your place.


  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Philosophy in the Bookshop with Nigel Warburton and Roger Scruton

    Saturday, July 2nd at 11:00 - 12:00
    Each month, Philosopher Nigel Warburton interviews a fellow thinking for a series of events entitled 'Philosophy in the Bookshop'. In July, Nigel will be in conversation with Roger Scruton.

    Roger Scruton is an English Philosopher specialising in aesthetics. He has written over 30 books, several novels and a number of general textbooks on philosophy and culture. He has also composed two operas. Outside his career as a philosopher and writer, Scruton was involved in the establishment of underground universities and academic networks in soviet-controlled Central Europe during the Cold War and has received a number of awards for his work in this area.

    The 'Philosophy in the Bookshop' events are free to attend and take place on the first Saturday of each month. They take place in the Philosophy Department which is located in the Norrington Room. For more information or enquiries, please call 01865 333620 or email
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars The Final Concert Anniversary

    Sunday, July 3rd at 18:00 - 20:00
    To celebrate the incredible life and career of David Bowie, we'll be screening the remastered film by D.A.Pennebaker which chronicles the very last live appearance of Ziggy Stardust.

    The film was shot at Hammersmith Odeon on July 3rd 1973 and was where Bowie announced before the final song that not only was this the last date of their tour but the last live gig that they would play together as 'Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars'.

    David Bowie died on January 10 this year, just 2 days after celebrating his 69th birthday and releasing his incredible final album, 'Blackstar'. All proceeds from the screening will go to Cancer Research.

    Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased from our customer service department or by calling 01865 333623. For enquiries about this event, please email