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The Great British BookTrail – The Edinburgh Bookshop

  • Submitted: 20th August 2021

The Edinburgh Bookshop, Bruntsfield

A visit to the Edinburgh bookshop which took me to Bruntsfield, about a 30 minute walk from Princess Street. It’s all up hill, along Lothian Road, past the Usher Hall and the Kings Theatre but totally worth it. If you walk across the meadows, this is James Oswald country and Ian Rankin country. The Usher Hall is featured in Oscar de Muriel’s gothic novel, so this really was the literay hotspot of the crime fiction city!

The Edinburgh Bookshop

The Great British BookTrail - The Edinburgh Bookshop

(c) The BookTrail

This is the only kind of shop I ever queue for………

Just inside this was the sight that greeted me…

The Great British BookTrail - The Edinburgh Bookshop

(c) The BookTrail

Such a friendly store! One of the two booksellers working came out and started chatting. She’d read so much and was keen to chat about cosy crime books as I mentioned I was looking for something of that kind. I ended up buying  a French thriller based on her recommendation – ha! These people have magical persuasive powers. I’m currently tucking into the book in question and it’s really good so she knew me!

Spot The Lost Storyteller and The Marlow Murder club….

The Edinburgh Bookshop

The Great British BookTrail - The Edinburgh Bookshop

(c) The BookTrail

The walkway along the side of the store made me want to sashay my way down it in silks and a straw bonnet. Then climb that wonderful book ladder at the end…..

The Great British BookTrail - The Edinburgh Bookshop

Met two friends who I sat with and chatted for a while. I was so tempted to swipe the booktrolley on the way out but Douglas had his eye on me..

The Edinburgh Bookshop

The Great British BookTrail - The Edinburgh Bookshop

Hugless Douglas and the Gruffalo! (c ) The BookTrail

I chatted to two girls who were also browsing and the book chat was good . Unfortunately one of them left a small bag or purse on the sofa and then they left. We didn’t realise until too late so I do hope she got it back! Hugless says he’s off to buy cakes and chocolate if she doesn’t come back in three days. Gruffalo is having nothing to do with it. Who would have thought?

 

A bit of a drama in the Edinburgh Bookshop. Hugless, Gruffalo, a sliding book ladder and a book trolley that almost trundled out of the store after me.

Bruntsfield has books, bears and a bookshop you just have to visit.

The Edinburgh Bookshop

Susan x

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