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In-Person Event

Edinburgh Central Library presents 10 Scotland Street


Tuesday, March 26, 2024

6:30 pm


Tuesday, March 26, 2024

7:30 pm

George Washington Brown Room, Edinburgh Central Library

Visit Edinburgh Central Library on Tuesday 26th March for a talk from Leslie Hills, author of 10 Scotland Street, an opinionated history of one Edinburgh home across two centuries.

10 Scotland Street is the story of an Edinburgh home and its cast of booksellers, silk merchants, sailors, preachers, politicians, cholera and coincidence and its widespread connections over two centuries across the globe.

Some praise for the book:

"This is a triumph. A love letter to the ghosts of Edinburgh. I feel its hand upon my shoulder." Sara Sheridan

"The story that Leslie unfolds for us spreads its threads across the globe. And it moves through different strata of society, painting a kaleidoscopic portrait of social, political, fiscal and financial life in Scotland and beyond, all through the lens of a single flat in a single city [...] We learn how property and wealth were passed through families, not always in the straight lines we imagine inheritance to travel in. It’s not hard to read between the lines of wills and gifts to picture some of the loves and dislikes, the disapprovals and the determination to make good past wrongs. As a writer of fiction, I found myself itching to lift some of these characters from the page into the fertile fields of my own imagination." Val McDermid

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