The Best Books this August

THE PAVILION IN THE CLOUDS

AN UNMISSABLE TALE

This week we are thrilled to celebrate the publication of Alexander McCall Smith’s newest stand alone novel, The Pavilion in the Clouds.  A beautifully evocative story, set in 1930s Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka) and Scotland, this atmospheric tale poses the question of what it is to be home.

‘This is one of the most enjoyable of his many enjoyable novels’
Allan Massie, The Scotsman

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A RATTLE OF BONES

REBECCA CONNOLLY IS BACK

The latest novel in Douglas Skelton’s acclaimed Rebecca Connolly thriller series, A Rattle of Bones, is now available! Plunge into a thrilling murder mystery set in the Scottish Highlands, packed with twists and turns and featuring a centuries-old murder reverberating down to the present day.

You can also hear Douglas discussing the book on the latest episode of the Birlinn podcast here. Douglas is in conversation with The Daily Record‘s Jane Hamilton as they discuss his career in journalism, his interest in historical crimes, and what’s next for the Rebecca Connolly series.

‘[a] compelling thriller, laced with dark humour’
Sunday Post 

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MELBOURNE CITY OF LITERATURE

MEET THE AUTHOR MERRYN GLOVER

On August 12th tune into a live digital event with Merryn Glover for the Australian launch of her new novel, Of Stone and Sky. The hour includes readings, an author interview, Q&A and videos of the book’s stunning Scottish Highlands setting.

Merryn grew up between South Asia and Australia, attending Deakin Uni before settling with her husband in Scotland. She will be in conversation with Edinburgh writer, Kristin Pedroja.

Sign up to the event here.

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ROBERT J. HARRIS ON NBC RADIO

SHERLOCK HOLMES, 1942

This week author of A Study in Crimson, Robert J. Harris was invited to discuss his brand new Sherlock Holmes novel on NBC Radio’s House of Mystery podcast. Running five nights a week House of Mystery delves deep into the creative processes of their guests, giving a fascinating insight into how their novels came to be.

Inspired by the classic Universal Pictures Sherlock Holmes film series starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, A Study in Crimson brings Holmes and Watson to wartime London.

‘Harris’ take on the iconic characters is outstanding’
Bruce Tierney, Bookpage (US)

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THE BIRLINN SUMMER SALE

DISCOVER SOMETHING NEW

Until August 13th we are offering 20% off across our website* for the Birlinn summer sale. Pick up the powerful rewilding story of Andrew Painting’s Regeneration, delve into the brand new DCI Daley thriller For Any Other Truth, learn the incredible life story of the first female sports superstar Lottie Dod in Little Wonder and much more.

To get 20% off eBooks please enter this voucher code at checkout: 6PYQ2GH9DX99

>From fiction to history, nature writing to cookbooks, we’ve got something for everyone!

*EXCLUDING PRE-ORDERS AND BUNDLES

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