Christmas and New Year


On Christmas Day we are open 1pm-4pm serving free vegan lentil soup! This is a tradition we started in lockdown when many folk got trapped on their own for Christmas owing to travel restrictions, and we used to camp out on the steps in front of the shop. This year we're hoping to be able to keep warm INSIDE the shop instead (oh the luxury!) Everyone is welcome, you don't need to book or even buy a book.

On New Years Day we are also open 1pm-4pm serving our legendary Bloody Marys! For those who aren't so big on alchohol we also do Virgin Marys (otherwise known as a Bloody Shame!) Again all this is FREE.



Every Tuesday in December we will be offering complimentary hot chocolate with rum and skooshy cream from 5pm onwards to make your browsing that wee bit more comfortable! We also have a caligrapher on site for the first two Tuesdays to inscribe books and personalise bookmarks. The rest of the time we'll often have mulled wine and mince pies on the go - keep an eye on our social media for secret "passwords" you can use at the till to get a bit of complimentary Christmas cheer!


As always we run a full gift service where you can order any book you like sent wherever in the world it needs to go, giftwrapped, stamped and including a hand-typed note of your dictation. Please be aware that for international delivery it's important to order as soon as possible. If you are unsure of what books a friend or loved one might enjoy (or indeed might have already) we recommend our Letters of Credit - hand typed and made up to any amount you care to name. Letters of credit include a free reading consultation which can be done in person, via email, zoom or telephone. We offer free delivery within Edinburgh, and £3.49 standard postage on any size of parcel anywhere in the UK. Payments are taken through electronic invoices or can be made in store. For more information or to place orders please email