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Wigtown Book Festival 2020

Titles by our Festival Authors

    • Shaun Bythell

      Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops
      Publication Date: 5 November 2020
      Publication Date: 5 November 2020 This title is not available until the publication date, but can be pre-ordered now and will be sent as soon as possible after th...
    • Professor Sue Black

      Written in Bone
      Our bones are the silent w...
      Our bones are the silent witnesses to the lives we lead. Our stories are marbled into their marrow. Drawing upon her years of research and a wealth of remarkable experience, th...
    • Sophy Roberts

      The Lost Pianos of Siberia
      Siberia's story is traditionally one of exil...
      Siberia's story is traditionally one of exiles, penal colonies and unmarked graves. Yet there is another tale to tell. Dotted throughout this remote land are pianos - grand instruments created d...
    • Claire Cox

      A Book of Days
      The Alastair Reid Pamphlet Prize 2020. <...
      The Alastair Reid Pamphlet Prize 2020.   Claire Cox's poetry collection which won this category in the Wigtown Poetry Prize 2020, beautifully set by Gerry Cambridge.
    • Peter Ross

      A Tomb With a View
      Enter a grave new world of fascination and d...
      Enter a grave new world of fascination and delight as award-winning writer Peter Ross uncovers the stories and glories of graveyards. Who are London's outcast dead and why is David Bowie ...
    • Douglas Stuart

      Shuggie Bain
      It is 1981. Glasgow is dying and good famili...
      It is 1981. Glasgow is dying and good families must grift to survive. Agnes Bain has always expected more from life. She dreams of greater things: a house with its own front door and a li...
    • George Alagiah

      The Burning Land
      ‘It was never meant to be like this. Sabotag...
      ‘It was never meant to be like this. Sabotage, yes. Propaganda, yes. All of that and more – but not this. Not murder.’ South Africa has become a powder keg. Its precious land is being sol...
    • Andrew O'Hagan

      Mayflies
      From the widely renowned author Andrew O'Hag...
      From the widely renowned author Andrew O'Hagan, a heartbreaking novel of an extraordinary lifelong friendship. Everyone has a Tully Dawson: the friend who defines your life. In the summer of 198...
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    • Shaun Bythell

      Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops
      Publication Date: 5 November 2020
      Publication Date: 5 November 2020 This title is not available until the publication date, but can be pre-ordered now and will be sent as soon as possible after th...
    • Patrick Laurie

      Native: Life in a Vanishing Landscape
      Desperate to connect with his native Gallowa...
      Desperate to connect with his native Galloway, Patrick Laurie plunges into work on his family farm in the hills of southwest Scotland. Investing in the oldest and most traditional breeds of Gall...
    • Ann Lingard

      The Fresh and the Salt
      Firths and estuaries are liminal places, whe...
      Firths and estuaries are liminal places, where land meets sea and tides meet freshwater. Their unique ecosystems support a huge range of marine and other wildlife: human activity too is profound...
    • Shaun Bythell

      Confessions of a Bookseller
      Shaun Bythell is the owner of The Bookshop i...
      Shaun Bythell is the owner of The Bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland. With more than a mile of shelving, real log fires in the shop and the sea lapping nearby, the shop should be an idyll for ...
    • Book Bonds

      McNeillie's Mix
      Named after John McNeillie, author of the c...
      Named after John McNeillie, author of the classic work of Scottish rural realism, The Wigtown Ploughman, this is a collection of inspiring fiction and non-fiction from Scotland. Buy one...
    • Shaun Bythell

      The Diary of a Bookseller
      Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown - S...
      Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown - Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop. It contains 100,000 books, spread over a mile of shelving, with twisting corridors and roaring fires, and all ...
    • Jessica Fox

      Three Things You Need to Know About Rockets
      A bookshop love story Jessica Fox is living ...
      A bookshop love story Jessica Fox is living in Hollywood, a 26-year-old filmmaker with a high-stress job at NASA. Working late one night, craving another life, she is seized by a moment of inspi...
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Children's Books

    • Anna Wilson

      A Children’s Almanac
      Publication Date: 1 October 2020
      Publication Date: 1 October 2020 This title is not available until the publication date, but can be pre-ordered now and will be sent as soon as possible after tha...
    • Barbara Henderson

      The Seige of Caerlaverock
      12-year-old Ada is a laundress of little ...
      12-year-old Ada is a laundress of little consequence but the new castle commander Brian de Berclay has his evil eye on her. Perhaps she shouldn't have secretly fed the young prisoner in the t...
    • Alan Windram

      One Button Benny and the Gigantic Catastrophe
      The follow up to the award-winning One Bu...
      The follow up to the award-winning One Button Benny picture book and the second book in the series. Benny's new adventure sees all the robots having to work together when more aliens arrive o...
    • Book Bonds

      JM Barrie's Bookshelf
      The best of children’s literature by post. ...
      The best of children’s literature by post. Please feel free to request books suitable for a specific age group. Buy one of our Book Bonds, large or small and - when “normal” service is ...
    • Jackie Morris

      The Jackie Morris Book of Classic Nursery Rhymes
      A wonderfully illustrated and sumptuous coll...
      A wonderfully illustrated and sumptuous collection of nursery rhymes for all ages, including many favourite rhymes as well as some that will be a delightful discovery. Originally published as Th...
    • Jackie Morris

      The House Without Windows
      Discover this extraordinary lost classic of ...
      Discover this extraordinary lost classic of nature writing - a fable about wildness and the desire to escape - beautifully illustrated by beloved artist and The Lost Words creator Jackie Morris....
    • Anna Wilson

      Vlad the World's Worst Vampire
      Vlad is the youngest member of the Impaler f...
      Vlad is the youngest member of the Impaler family, the bravest vampires that ever lived. But Vlad isn't very brave at all. He's even a little bit scared of the dark! All Vlad wants is some frien...
    • Joseph Coelho

      A Year of Nature Poems
      A poem for every month, this is a beautiful ...
      A poem for every month, this is a beautiful anthology of nature poems by best-loved children's poet, Joseph Coelho encourages a love for the natural world and the importance of looking after it....
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Regeneration through books

In 1999 the new Scottish Parliament acknowledged Wigtown as Scotland’s National Book Town, and in the same year the first Book Festival took place. 

Since then, Wigtown has hosted an annual autumn literary festival, with a growing calendar of events through the year.

Our own bookshop has now joined the collection of booksellers in the town.

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