Alan Taylor at Topping & Co, Edinburgh

Edinburgh: The Autobiography with Alan Taylor

Monday 7th October

Greenside Church, 1b Royal Terrace, Edinburgh, EH7 5AB



The author of Glasgow: The Autobiography returns with a brand new book on the Scottish capital! Join writer Alan Taylor at Topping & Co, Edinburgh as he transports us through the history and hidden wonders of the city.

Edinburgh: The Autobiography

From one of the earliest mentions of its name in the sixth century to the Covid lockdowns of the twenty-first, this is a magnificent portrait of one of the world’s great cities in its many iterations, from ‘Edinburgh, the sink of abomination’ to the Athens of the North and everything – including the home of the Enlightenment, the Festival City, the Aids Capital of Europe and a Mecca for tourists seeking tartan tat – in between.

As the nation’s capital it has been critical to its progress and a witness to epochal events, such as the tumultuous reign of Mary, Queen of Scots, the Reformation, the Forty-Five rebellion, the Disruption of the Church of Scotland and the reconvening of the Scottish Parliament. All of these and more feature. But this is not simply a book about the great and good, the famous and infamous. There is testimony aplenty from ordinary folk who may not have made their mark on history but who have contributed to Edinburgh’s ever-expanding tapestry.

There are stories of body snatching and murder, drunkenness and drug-taking, sex and shopping, as well rants against inclement weather and the city council.

About Alan Taylor

Alan Taylor has been a journalist for over 30 years. He was editor of the centenary editions of the collected novels of Muriel Spark and has edited several acclaimed anthologies, including The Assassin’s Cloak (2000). He wrote the bestselling Appointment in Arezzo: A Friendship with Muriel Spark (2017) and also edited Madly, Deeply: The Alan Rickman Diaries (2022).

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Monday 07 Oct 2024
Greenside Church, Edinburgh. United Kingdom