I was seized with a keen desire to see Holmes again... He was pacing the room swiftly, eagerly, his hands clasped behind him.

Arthur Conan Doyle

What's The Campaign About?

One Book One Edinburgh 2008 - Jekyll and Hyde

We are delighted to announced the second One Book – One Edinburgh citywide reading campaign, designed to bring Edinburgh's residents together to read a classic Scottish story.

This follows on from the success of the 2007 campaign – you can now read our full report on the Kidnapped campaign.

Jekyll & Hyde paperback cover

The positive feedback we received has inspired us to focus on Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. This is a really dark, gothic tale, from a wonderful Edinburgh author who was heavily influenced by the duality of our city. Everybody thinks they know the story – but how many people have actually read it?


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A special new paperback edition of the dramatic tale of addiction and duality will be released in late February 2008. There will be copies to borrow from your local library, and free copies will be available while stocks last through the following outlets:

  • To the public through Edinburgh lending libraries from Friday 22 February
  • Edinburgh High Schools and special schools
  • Adult learners through CLAN (City Literacy and Numeracy)
  • Youth Literacy groups and looked-after children
  • Through our partners to community outreach programmes
  • At some of our Jekyll & Hyde public events
Jekyll & Hyde Graphic Novel Cover
Graphic Novels

There will be a new graphic novel for sale from the ‘dream team’ who adapted and illustrated Kidnapped – Alan Grant and Cam Kennedy.  This will be available to buy from book shops and www.BooksFromScotland.com.


Three Programmes:                                     Community, Schools and Public Events

To reach out to communities across Edinburgh, our campaign links three strands: public events, a schools programme and a community outreach programme, with web resources freely available.

Online Resouces

Look through our campaign pages to find out about R L Stevenson and access the freely available games and puzzles, reading lists and audio downloads. Read our special free online serialisation in the Metro, with exclusive images from the graphic novel.

Jekyll & Hyde Events

Download our campaign leaflet >

Get Involved

Join our message boards on Facebook and Bebo and discuss the book, see photographs and more.  Current Facebook conversations include - set in Edinburgh or London? 

If you are interested in receiving more information, or want to get your friends, staff or colleagues involved, please register by contacting either:

jekyll@cityofliterature.com or hyde@cityofliterature.com.

Are you a Jekyll, or are you a Hyde?

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illustrations © cam kennedy 2007, reproduced with kind permission of waverley books ltd