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There is also a new character: a young Italian woman called Emanuela, aka “Granny”, an appalling hypochondriac who believes that the local cows hate her. In Italy her eccentricities attract scorn and ostracism. In Wigtown she fits right in. Although she has spent her formative years surrounded by the baroque splendours of Turin, nothing impresses her more than the local supermarket: “How I love de Co-op. De people is so friendly, and it have everyfink. I spend one hour in there every day from now on.”Thumbs up to CONFESSIONS OF A BOOKSELLER by Shaun Bythell (Profile) from Philip Boakes in The Times
Thursday- over the sea to Skye for standout launch of Time for the Dead, the latest in the Rhona MacLeod series, this one set on the island. Author Lin Anderson upstaged at the event at Portree Library by Blaze (who has a leading canine role in the novel). Afterwards Lin introduced editor Alex Saunders of PanMacmillan to delights of Talisker whisky and Steve of ACE Target Sports introduced us to axe throwing.  My seventh attempt was a bullseye.
#skye #acetargetsports #linandersonwriter #panmacmillan
Welcome to Constitution Street,Edinburgh.  The street, like the world at large, is in a moment of flux. Part memoir, part social history and a call to action, Constitution Street is an antidote to an age of personal and political anxiety.  Here, the real-life stories on one street, shared with authorJemma Neville, reveal the courage, perseverance and capacity for love within us all.  Neighbour by neighbour, street by street, reclaiming our human rights, as something too important to be left solely to lawyers and politicians, will unite us with our sense of belonging and common purpose.
‘Transformative and inspirational’ Gavin Francis
Constitution Street by #jemmaneville published by #404ink, out 5 September

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Is number 143 mentioned???!!

Another Saturday, another spanking new Edinburgh bookshop. Congratulations #edinburghbookfestival on the George Street bookshop with your fantastic array of Scottish books. Here to next three weeks! Just wish you were there 365 days of the year.
#scottishbooks #independentbookshop #publishingscotland

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Had a publisher decline my thriller. Said the found it, "very Scottish?" Really. It's set in 1974 Paisley!??

‘The language was soothing. The elders spoke softly, making sounds like wood gently knocked on wood. Through the window, a green rib of tundra, a wall of mountains. The objects were turned, demonstrated. The last time they had been touched by Yup’ik hands and named like this was five hundred years ago.’ Kathleen Jamie’s luminous new essay collection offers a profound sense of time passing and an antidote to all that is instant, ephemeral, unrooted.
Surfacing, out in UK 5 September, USA 24 September
#sortofbooks #kathleenjamie #penguinusa

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Have been waiting for this one.

A Taste Of Scotland’s Islands, the new book by Sue Lawrence : ‘a personal culinary tour, a discovery of wonderful cooking on some of Scotland’s many idyllic islands. It is partly my tribute to the wild beauty of the islands and to their people, mostly, however, it is a celebration of their food’.
out 10 September but early copies available at Sue’s events #fringebythesea and #edinburghbookfestival
#outerhebrides #shetlandislands #orkney #foodwriting

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This looks great!

Morning post brings this fabulous finished copy of This Golden Fleece :A Journey Through Britain’s Knitted History by Esther Rutter, published by Granta on 5 September.
Lovely endorsement from Janice Galloway: ‘This beautifully written and woven together history by Esther Rutter whose own skill with needles is learned from practical experience, attests that the ancient craft of knitting is nothing less than a wonder of civilisation.’
#knitting #grantabooks

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This looks great! #amknitting

Helen Thorne


A fine start to a wet Saturday: off the beach and into the brand new #portybooks .  Beautiful shop, terrific range, and a warm welcome from Jack, Alice and team.  Big congratulations to you! My new local. #independentbookshop

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At last! Looking forward to a good browse 😊

Looking great! Can’t wait to visit 😊

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Tuesday August 20th, 2.00pm - @jemma_tweets will be alongside Ellie Harrison, talking for the first time about her debut Constitution Street, which is out in September. An exclusive sneak peek and chance to buy early at @edbookfest!

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"I knew that I would fall in love with this book as soon as I had read the first few pages and I sat about for a long while once it was over, wondering how on earth my review could do this book justice. This is historical fiction at its very best." –

Jenny Brown @JennyBrownBooks chairing Narrative Non Fiction panel with Andrew Franklin ⁦@ProfileBooks⁩ and Angie Crawford ⁦@Waterstones⁩ ⁦@XpoNorth⁩ #xponorth2019

Join knitwear designer, writer & publisher Kate Davies & Emily Dewhurst from @Kitchen_Press as we discuss pros & cons of conventional v independent publishing, one of the free writing & publishing events @XpoNorth Inverness, 11.15am Wed 3 July @KDDandco

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