About the Book

As part of the 2016 programme, a specially produced collection of three short stories by Robert Louis Stevenson is available at selected RLS Day events throughout the week.

It is called Sins and Follies and brings together “The Body-Snatcher”, “Markheim” and “A Lodging for the Night”.

The collection also includes a preface by popular crime writer Alanna Knight and an introduction from world-leading Stevenson expert, Professor Barry Menikoff.

If you can’t attend any of the events, it is also available as a free ebook (PDF, epub).
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RLS Day 2016 give-away Sins & Follies is available in 2 digital formats:

Download the PDF


Readable on most devices, but it is screen optimised for desktops and laptops. If you haven’t got a suitable PDF reader yet (Firefox and Chrome can handle them out of the box), you can get a free one direct from Adobe for your desktop (untick the optional offer), your iPad or iPhone, or your Android mobile.

Download the ePub file


This ePub file has been optimised to be read on your iBook or on your iPad. There are readers on other platforms that can handle it, but it is optimised for these devices.


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These digital files are made available as free downloads for personal use only. You are not allowed to distribute these files without permission from the copyright holder.


This book has been created by Edinburgh Napier in association with Edinburgh City of Literature Trust as part of the RLS Day 2016 campaign to celebrate the famous literary son of Edinburgh, Robert Louis Stevenson.

The Trust would like to thank everyone involved in the creation of this book and in particular Edinburgh Napier, ASLS, JUMP Marketing, City of Edinburgh Council and Creative Scotland. Our thanks to Duncan Milne, Linda Dryden, Duncan Jones, Esther Rutter and Mat Norbury. Edinburgh City of Literature Trust would like to thank Edinburgh Napier University for their ongoing and generous support of RLS Day.



Thursday 10 November, 6.00pm

Menikoff Lecture

Join internationally renowned Stevenson expert Professor Barry Menikoff for this unique lecture, with a focus on RLS criminal tales. In association with Edinburgh Napier University.
Central Library – £5, book here.