Alexander McCall Smith Presented with the Edinburgh Award

HONOURED THIS WEEK

ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH RECEIVES
THE EDINBURGH AWARD

We are delighted to announce that on Tuesday this week the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Frank Ross, presented the prestigious Edinburgh Award to Alexander McCall Smith at a ceremony held at the City Chambers. First established in 2007, the annual Edinburgh Award honours an outstanding individual who has made a positive impact on the city and gained national and international recognition for Edinburgh.

‘I am immensely honoured by this award and by the kindness of the city in conferring it on me. I have spent my entire adult life in this city and would not wish to live elsewhere. It is a wonderful city in every respect and I am so proud to be one of its citizens’
Alexander McCall Smith

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SPOTLIGHT ON EDINBURGH

HISTORY, CRIME AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN
And what better way to celebrate than to delve into the city itself? Until October 15th get 20% off a brilliant range of titles set in or about Edinburgh. Uncover the city’s lost architectural history in Lost Edinburgh, catch up on the adventures of the family of 44 Scotland Street in A Promise of Ankles, brave the darker side of Edinburgh with Gillian Galbraith’s Blood in the Water, and much more!

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WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR

LITTLE WONDER MAKES THE LONGLIST
The good news continues this week with confirmation that Sasha Abramsky’s Little Wonder: The Extraordinary Story of Lottie Dod, the World’s First Female Sports Superstar has been longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award for 2021.

Little Wonder tells the epic, and until now largely unchronicled, story of Lottie Dod, the first great heroine in women’s sports. Dod was a champion tennis player, golfer, hockey player, tobogganist, skater, mountaineer, and archer. She won Wimbledon aged just 15 and captured the hearts of the nation.

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FIND THE PERFECT GIN AND TONIC

IAN BUXTON’S ULTIMATE GUIDE
Next week Ian Buxton, one of the UK’s premier drinks writers returns to your bookshelves with Gin: The Ultimate Companion. With the 21st-century gin craze continuing unabated, Buxton brings his customary wit, industry knowledge and highly developed palate to this fast-evolving and dynamic market to guard and guide all book-buying drinkers.

Click below to get a taste of what’s on offer, and find your one-stop-shop for the ultimate gin experience!

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PORTOBELLO LIBRARY PRESENTS

AN AFTERNOON WITH PATRICK BAKER
Head down to Portobello Library on Sunday afternoon to see Patrick Baker, author of The Unremembered Places in conversation with Rona Grey.

Shortlised for both the Boardman Tasker Mountain Literature Award and The Great Outdoors, Outdoor Book of Year Award, The Unremembered Places combines a rich fusion of travelogue and historical narrative. Join Patrick on a series of journeys on foot and by paddle as he weaves together themes of geology, natural and social history, literature and industry, discovering connections between people and place more powerful than can be imagined.

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UNCOVER YOUR LINEAGE

WITH THE NATIONAL RECORDS OF SCOTLAND
October 2021 is Family History Month and the perfect time to settle in and track down a family tree you didn’t know you had.

Our new edition of Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors is the National Records’ official guide, written in an accessible style from the unique perspective of a custodian of the records. It details all the latest developments in online resources, including a chapter on family history on the web. It also points to more traditional resources, explaining step by step how to research records of births, marriages and wills.

Enter the voucher code FHMONTH2021 at checkout to get 15% off your copy.

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