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Every purchase made through our online shop and in person at Number 11 supports Wigtown Book Festival and the charitable activities of Wigtown Festival Company.

Our shop at Number 11 is generally open from 10am to 4pm, Monday - Saturday and 12noon to 4pm, Sunday.

During Wigtown Book Festival these hours are extended.

We look forward to seeing you.

Wigtown Book Festival

Titles by our 2021 Festival Authors

    • Shaun Bythell

      Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops
      In twenty years behind the till in The Bookshop...
      In twenty years behind the till in The Bookshop, Wigtown, Shaun Bythell has met pretty much every kind of customer there is - from the charming, erudite and deep-pocketed to the eccentric, flatulen...
    • Patrick Laurie

      Native: Life in a Vanishing Landscape
      Desperate to connect with his native Galloway, ...
      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 Gallowa...
    • Shaun Bythell

      The Diary of a Bookseller
      Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown - Scot...
      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 set...
    • Shaun Bythell

      Confessions of a Bookseller
      Shaun Bythell is the owner of The Bookshop in W...
      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 bookworms....
    • Cal Flyn

      Islands of Abandonment
      This is a book about abandoned places: ghost to...
      This is a book about abandoned places: ghost towns and exclusion zones, no man's lands and fortress islands - and what happens when nature is allowed to reclaim its place. In Chernobyl, following t...
    • Alistair Moffat

      The Great Tapestry of Scotland
      The brainchild of bestselling author Alexander ...
      The brainchild of bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith, historian Alistair Moffat and artist Andrew Crummy, the Great Tapestry of Scotland is an outstanding celebration of thousands of years o...
    • Denise Mina

      Rizzio
      This title is not published until 2 September 2...
      This title is not published until 2 September 2021. Pre-order now for your copy to be sent shortly after publication date. This breathtakingly tense work is a tale of sex, seduction, secrets and li...
    • Kathleen Hart

      Devorgilla Days
      Signed copies supplied. This is a story about u...
      Signed copies supplied. This is a story about uncovering the things that really matter, and discovering what makes us feel alive. It is a story about finding that inner strength and resilience, and...
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    • Shaun Bythell

      Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops
      In twenty years behind the till in The Bookshop...
      In twenty years behind the till in The Bookshop, Wigtown, Shaun Bythell has met pretty much every kind of customer there is - from the charming, erudite and deep-pocketed to the eccentric, flatulen...
    • Patrick Laurie

      Native: Life in a Vanishing Landscape
      Desperate to connect with his native Galloway, ...
      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 Gallowa...
    • Wigtown Festival Bookshop

      Southlight 29
      Southlight 29 is the previous print edition of ...
      Southlight 29 is the previous print edition of Dumfries & Galloway’s very own literary magazine, which publishes the best of new poetry and short stories alongside black and white prints and ph...
    • Ann Lingard

      The Fresh and the Salt
      Firths and estuaries are liminal places, where ...
      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 profoundly ...
    • Shaun Bythell

      Confessions of a Bookseller
      Shaun Bythell is the owner of The Bookshop in W...
      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 bookworms....
    • Shaun Bythell

      The Diary of a Bookseller
      Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown - Scot...
      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 set...
    • Wigtown Festival Bookshop

      Wigtown Festival Bookshop Gift Card
      Would you like to buy a book as a gift, but don...
      Would you like to buy a book as a gift, but don't know which one to choose?  Why not give a Wigtown Festival Bookshop Gift Card instead and the recipient can make their own choice?   Gift Cards ar...
    • Jessica Fox

      Three Things You Need to Know About Rockets
      A bookshop love story Jessica Fox is living in ...
      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 inspirat...
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Children's Books

    • Wigtown Festival Bookshop

      Wigtown Festival Bookshop Gift Card
      Would you like to buy a book as a gift, but don...
      Would you like to buy a book as a gift, but don't know which one to choose?  Why not give a Wigtown Festival Bookshop Gift Card instead and the recipient can make their own choice?   Gift Cards ar...
    • Ross MacKenzie

      The Otherwhere Emporium
      The mysterious Nowhere Emporium has appeared on...
      The mysterious Nowhere Emporium has appeared once more. With its shining bricks the colour of midnight, and rich scents of melting chocolate and exotic spices, it's easy to see why inquisitive Mirr...
    • Jackie Morris

      The House Without Windows
      Discover this extraordinary lost classic of nat...
      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. Li...
    • Barbara Henderson

      The Seige of Caerlaverock
      12-year-old Ada is a laundress of little conseq...
      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 tower. ...
    • Alan Windram

      One Button Benny and the Gigantic Catastrophe
      The follow up to the award-winning One Button B...
      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 on thei...
    • Book Bonds

      JM Barrie's Bookshelf
      The best of children’s literature by post. Plea...
      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 resumed - we...
    • Jackie Morris

      The Jackie Morris Book of Classic Nursery Rhymes
      A wonderfully illustrated and sumptuous collect...
      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 The C...
    • Anna Wilson

      Vlad the World's Worst Vampire
      Vlad is the youngest member of the Impaler fami...
      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 friends ...
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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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