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Hybrid Event

Leslie Hills: A Love Letter to Edinburgh


Friday, August 16, 2024

10:30 am


Friday, August 16, 2024

11:30 am

EFI Venue T, Edinburgh International Book Festival

Join Val McDermid in conversation with Leslie Hills to discuss her debut 10 Scotland Street, an opinionated history of one Edinburgh home over two centuries.

The history of ‘Auld Reekie’ is brought to life in new ways by film producer Leslie Hills in 10 Scotland Street, her first book. It’s a kaleidoscopic portrait of one house where we meet booksellers, silk merchants, sailors, preachers, politicians, and explore its far-reaching connections stretching across the globe over two centuries. Hills is joined by Val McDermid to discuss this love letter to Edinburgh.

Join in person or pay what you can to watch online via the ticket link.

Praise for 10 Scotland Street

‘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... 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

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

–Sara Sheridan

‘A fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable book, a work of prodigious research [...] Anyone who loves Edinburgh and is fascinated by its private histories will be entranced by this book.’

– The Scotsman

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