The Secret Life of Books with Tom Mole

and guests: Fiona Valpy, Magnus Linklater and Jamie Jauncey

Join us for some nibbles and bubbles to raise a glass to our festival, meet our guest writers, hear about the 2020 programme and get your early bird weekend pass at a special rate.

We welcome Tom Mole, author of “The Secret Life of Books“ and learn why Alexander McCall Smith called this “a real treasure trove for book lovers.” This will be followed by a panel discussion with Tom and a trio of highly successful locally based authors who just happen to be patrons of our Book Festival – Fiona Valpy, Magnus Linklater, and Jamie Jauncey.

TIME: 4:00pm – 5:30pm

About Tom Mole

Tom is a leader in English Literature and Director of the Centre for the History of the Book at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. His most recent book The Secret Life of Books is about everything that isn’t just the words. It’s about how books transform us as individuals. It’s about how books – and readers – have evolved over time. And it’s about why, even with the arrival of other media, books still have the power to change our lives. Some of his other works include What the Victorians Made of Romanticism (Princeton, 2017); which offers a new reception history of Romantic authors in Victorian Britain; and Byron’s Romantic Celebrity (Palgrave, 2007), which argues that our modern celebrity culture began in the Romantic period, and that Lord Byron should be understood as one of its earliest examples and most astute critics.

Tom Mole