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It’s only a week until matt haig’s notes on a nervous planet is out in paperback! it’s a humane, reassuring guide to life in these deeply unreassuring, technologically hectic times we live in. pre-order it now from all good bookshops (and isn’t every bookshop a good bookshop?).

comment 0 star 99 Yesterday

Tracey thorn's brilliant memoir of growing up in suburbia has gone straight into the sunday times top ten bestseller list, and we couldn't be happier. it's funny, charming, beautifully written and intelligent. it's also been getting the reviews it richly deserves: "exceptional" (financial times), "sparks with wit and poignancy" (the times)

comment 1 star 117 3 days ago

It’s all kicking off now.
#valentinesday #publishingskirmish

comment 13 star 359 2 weeks ago

Keggie carew doesn’t have great luck. in fact, she’s got quite a knack for getting into toe-curlingly embarrassing situations. but don’t we all? share your most laugh-out-loud moment in the comments on this post and be in with a chance of winning a copy of quicksand tales! (we’ll keep them quiet, promise.) competition closes friday 8th feb. good luck.

#keggiecarew #quicksandtales #embarrassingmoments #bookcompetition #bookstagram #🤡 #🍌

comment 6 star 72 3 weeks ago

Wishing the happiest publication day to these three wondrous books. february’s son by alan parks is a gritty, riveting noir of the highest order. quicksand tales is a laugh-out-loud, wince-till-it-hurts collection of misadventures from costa biography award-winner keggie carew. and when they call you a terrorist is a stirring, powerful memoir from one of the founders of black lives matter, patrisse khan-cullors (written with asha bandele), #instabook #bookstagram #alanparks #keggiecarew #patrissekhancullors #ashabandele #booksglouriousbooks #publicationday #readythosebookshelves

comment 1 star 90 4 weeks ago

Godsend by john wray (author of lowboy and the lost time accidents). godsend is the story of 18-year-old aden sawyer, who leaves her family and america behind, and disguises herself as a man in order to study in pakistan. "a novel of enormous emotional intelligence ... compelling and consistently unpredictable" guardian.
design and illustration by adrian tomine. #bookstagram #instabook #johnwray #godsend #adriantomine #bookdesign

comment 5 star 145 4 weeks ago

A friday treat! charlotte runcie, author of the stunning salt on your tongue (published this week!) has made a beautiful playlist inspired by the book. a collection of sea shanties and folk songs, perfect for your homeward commute. copy & paste this link: or search salt on your tongue on spotify.
#saltonyourtongue #folksong #seashanties #spotify #spotifyplaylist

comment 0 star 78 last month

Happy publication day to these beauties! i knew there was a reason i came back into work—the books! the wonderful books! there’s charlotte runcie’s lyrical profound windswept exploration of the lure (and dangers) of the sea, salt on your tongue, taking in myth, art, history, and more. bloody january, the exceptional debut thriller by alan parks: detective harry mccoy untangles a horrific crime and goes toe-to-toe with some very powerful people on the mean streets of 1970s glasgow. luc ferry’s miraculously accessible introduction to 2,500 years of western thought – if you have any curiosity about philosophy (whatever your age) and don’t know where to start, a brief history of thought is the perfect answer. and sal, the funny, exciting, moving tale of two sisters hiding out in the wilds of scotland after a traumatic event—getting by with survival skills they picked up from youtube, and an os map nicked from the library. maybe they get the rapturous receptions and hordes of admiring fans they all so richly deserve. #bookstagram #instabook #novel #nonfiction #lucferry #alanparks #mickkitson #charlotteruncie #booksarethebest #theofficeiscoldbutatleastwehavebooks

comment 9 star 194 last month

Exciting news! himself, jess kidd’s debut novel, has been picked as a world book night title for 2019. every year publishers donate copies of books to be given away to readers, especially new readers, with the help of public libraries, prisons, colleges, care homes, youth centres, mental health groups, charities and other organisations. the goal is to encourage people who wouldn't always pick up a book by themselves to give one a go. it's great to see jess's darkly funny story of secrets and ghosts that won’t stay buried in the line-up! roll on april. #himself #jesskidd #worldbooknight #worldbooknight2019

comment 2 star 91 December 2018

We made a little pal who prints you a present! meet giftbot!

if you're near the edinburgh bookshop in bruntsfield any time this month, drop in. giftbot might just print you something by david shrigley, lemn sissay, jeanette winterson, matt haig, rebecca solnit, richard holloway, tom gauld, or even a specially written jess kidd short story! will giftbot become the dominant mode of publishing in the 21st century?? no! but.. maybe?! @davidshrigley @mattzhaig #richardholloway #jesskidd @tomgauld #rebeccasolnit #jeanettewinterson #lemnsissay @theedinburghbookshop

comment 3 star 93 December 2018

Would you like to solve a series of clues in an online scavenger hunt to win every hardback we've published in 2018? well today is your lucky day, because our treasure hunt is live until 1pm on december 14th. link in the bio! #canongate #indiepublishing #scavengerhunt #bookstagram

comment 3 star 160 December 2018

The truth pixie is a short, delightful rhyming story about how one special pixie learned to love herself and is helping adults and children everywhere feel okay about who they are, too.

and now (today!) there's a brand new special audio edition read by none other than olivia colman – and for every copy sold of this exclusive edition we're donating 50p in aid of unicef uk.

you can listen to the opening here (with chris mould's illustrations from the hardback!) and get the audiobook now at @audible_uk (and why wouldn't you! it's so cheap, and it helps a good cause!) #thetruthpixie matthaig #chrismould #oliviacolman #audiobook #audiobooks #kidsbooks

comment 3 star 54 December 2018