Past events 2017

On Thursday 7th September crime writer Catriona McPherson was in Biggar for a visit to Atkinson-Pryce to discuss her latest Dandy Gilver adventure "Dandy Gilver & a Spot of Toil & Trouble", plus her new stand-alone crime novel "The Weight of Angels".  The author entertained us with stories from her writing life including the special challenges if living in California but still setting her books in her native Scotland.  Always a delight to host Catriona with her wit, insight and humour.

"The Weight of Angels" is McPherson's best yet' - Karin Slaughter, New York Times and International Bestselling author. 

Signed copies now in stock!


Thursday 31st August

Pauline Lynch was at the Elphinstone Hotel for the launch of her new novel "Wildest of All".  Pauline entertained us all with readings from the book as well as stories about its creation, both funny and moving.  Sponsored by Legend press, the wine flowed, as well as the words, which contributed to a delightful evening for our talented local novelist.

"A deeply moving and thought-provoking story about family ties, what breaks them, what heals and the wounds we all pick up as life swirls on." Lucy Cavendish

Signed copies now in stock.  Published by Legend Press at £8.99. 

Saturday 26th & SUnday 27th August

Beyond Borders International Festival of Literature and Thought at Traquair House is the most fascinating weekend of the year for us!

We are always delighted to run the pop-up bookshop for the festival and this year the range of authors and speakers was brilliant - great books and great people.

It is a lovely relaxed atmosphere and if you have never been before put the dates in your diary for next year!








Wednesday 16th August

Bella Bathurst was our guest in conversation with Jo Macsween at The Elphinstone Hotel with her recently published book "Sound".  It was a truly fascinating evening all about the nature of sound and hearing.  11 million people in this country are affected by hearing loss, and yet it is a much neglected subject.  "Sound" is not only a revealing study of many aspects of it but is also a memoir of the author's experience of losing, and regaining, her own hearing.  Her description of the experience was moving and articulate, as is indeed the book itself.

'Sound' is published by Profile Books, hardback £14.99  SIGNED COPIES NOW IN STOCK


Monday 14th August

Best-selling author Sarah Winman joined us at Atkinson-Pryce for a delightful evening with her beautiful new book 'Tin Man'.  She entertained the audience with readings and stories of the creation of Tin Man, and also her journey to becoming an author.

After the huge success of 'When God Was a Rabbit' and 'A Year of Marvellous Ways' Sarah has created a love letter to human kindness and friendship. This novel is tender and unforgettable.

"Exquisite....I haven't been so moved, and so in love with a book and it's characters in a very long time" Joanna Cannon, author of The Trouble With Goats and Sheep

"Tin Man" is published by Headline at £12.99  SIGNED COPIES NOW IN STOCK



Saturday 3rd June

Maggie O'Farrell joined us in the Elphinstone Hotel for a delicious literary Lunch and fascinating conversation about her writing and her latest paperback 'This Must Be the Place'.  We were delighted that local author Pauline Lynch was able to chair the event, which was lively and enjoyable.









“ absolute delight, the kind of book that makes reading that most self-indulgent and intoxicating of pleasures.”                     The Independent

Published by Tinder Press £7.99

Signed copies now in stock!


Saturday 22nd April

Quintin Jardine  was at Atkinson-Pryce for a signing of his latest Bob Skinner novel "Game Over". Signed copies now in stock

GAME OVER is the twenty-seventh gripping Bob Skinner mystery from crime master Quintin Jardine, author of HOUR OF DARKNESS, LAST RESORT, PRIVATE INVESTIGATIONS and many more. When supermodel Annette Bordeaux is found battered and strangled in her Edinburgh flat, former Chief Constable Bob Skinner's old team instantly have a global case on their hands. The victim's husband, world-renowned footballer and recent Merrytown FC signing, is quickly discounted as a suspect...

Published by Headline, hardback £19.99, large format paperback £14.99










Saturday 1st April 2017

A HUGE thank you to everyone that came along to support this event which was a roaring success!

Great company, wonderful speakers, a huge raffle and most importantly delicious food.

It was an evening to celebrate Syrian cuisine and to support and raise awareness for the humanitarian crisis happening right now in Syria. We were supported very generously by local friends, businesses and publishers, for which we thank you.

A whopping £1,300 was raised and is being donted to Unicef's Children of Syria fund.

We had a wonderful evening and hope that everyone enjoyed it!

(for photo's check out Facebook :)


Saturday 18th February

Local expert David Bishop and illustrator Colin MacNeil visited Biggar Library to talk about the revised and expanded edition of 'Thrill-Power Overload' - the definitive history of the most influential comic ever.

Special thanks to Judge Dredd who made an appearance!