Coffee & Tea
sit in/take away
cakes and snacks
free wifi

non fiction &
children's books
ordering service

book tokens
range of gifts
and stationery

books clubs
venue space

7 days
from 8.30am
until late


 Whats on ...

for further details about the event click on the information links below ...

29th July
Stewed Rhubarb present Jo Clifford and Ryan Van Winkle.
time: 6.30pm

25th July
Emma Chapman indie book crawl visit !!
time: from 2.00pm

2nd July
Join us for our IBW2014 & 2nd Birthday Party.

time: from 6.30pm

  Weekend Story Time

The Drama Mill
, is a new and exciting company who specialise in drama workshops for children aged 3-7. Through role play, dance, movement and songs the Drama Mill encourages each child to develop key skills in communication, problem solving, teamwork, co-ordination and creativity. If you are interested in an active fun filled session that will make your child feel 10ft tall then this is the activity for you

day: starts again 24/08/14

time:  11:00-12:00   

Independent Booksellers Week is taking place from 28 June to 5 July and you’re invited! 

 It’s initiated every year by IndieBound, to promote independent bookshops, great books, strong reading communities, and the idea of shopping locally and sustainably. Across the country, lots of independent bookshops will be celebrating, and of course we will be too and we’d like you to join us!

We call ourselves an independent bookshop, but really, we’re entirely dependent  on you – our local community. Where would we be without the community we’re in? Without the parents and toddlers who come along every week for storytime, the booklovers who are always popping in for a chat about exciting new releases and buying their books from us , the local authors who want to celebrate their book launches  here or who generously give their time in countless ways to support the shop –there wouldn’t be a Looking Glass Books worth speaking about. Thanks to all of you – we have now been open for two years! So for Independent Bookseller’s Week this year, we’ve got a whole host of activities planned for you, our book-loving community. Have a look at what’s happening…

Our 2nd Birthday Party

On 2 July at 6pm we’ll throw our doors wide open to all our lovely regulars for a big birthday bash. It’s completely informal and completely free: we just want to be able to thank as many of you as possible for embracing our new-bookshop-on-the-block with such open arms these last two years. There will be a chance on the night to enter our prize draw to win a signed copy of Independent Booksellers Week book award 2014 winner  KATE ATKINSON’ brilliant  LIFE ATER LIFE . 

Come along for a drink, a chat, and as we’re all about spreading the book love bring a book for our...

Charity Book-Swap!

Here’s a chance for some serious book exchange: bring a book for our 'bring one'/take one' charity book swap table. Pay a £1 donation and we'll pass it all on to the Edinburgh Sick Kids Foundation! Be a bookseller if you like, writing a book wrap recommendation about why you love the book you’re giving away, or just let it speak for itself....

A Free Indie Pick when you buy any book!

Lovely publishers Canongate, Birlinn, Freight and Faber & Faber are joining the Independent Bookseller celebrations by giving us some carefully selected gems to give away to customers when you buy a book. (from Monday 30th  While stocks last)

Guest Booksellers

We’ve asked some much-loved local authors and publishers as as well as some high-flying members of the Edinburgh booky community  to pick one book they want to ‘sell’ and write a pitch to convince you it should be on your ‘must read’ pile.  How about having your new read being recommended to you by Ian Rankin or Alexander McCall-Smith?  Come in and see what they’ve got to say……


 Writer in Residence...

We are delighted to announce
that bestselling Young Adult
Cat Clarke will be our
Writer-in-Residence from
Thursday 14th February.

Cat has written children's non-fiction books and edited the Horrible Histories series. Her first novel for young adults, Entangled, won the 2012 Redbridge Teenage Book Award and was longlisted for the 2012 Branford Boase Award. She is the co-founder of The Lighthouse, a children's literary consultancy

Cat will be here every couple of weeks, writing her next
book (and drinking tea!).
Please drop in any time between 2.00 - 5.00p.m. if you have any questions about

- writing children's/Young Adult books
- how to get a book published

- how to get a job in publishing

She’s very friendly, happy to help and would love to chat about the above or indeed any related writing/bookish matters!

For further information please get in touch at
info@lookingglassbooks.com or www.catclarke.com @cat_clarke