Books

Love the city? These classics reflect the light and darkness of Edinburgh; get stuck in.

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Ian Rankin - the Rebus series

Like Jekyll and Hyde, Rankin's extremely popular crime books explore the duality of Edinburgh, as its protagonist, John Rebus, encounters the sordid underbelly of Edinburgh's elegant surface. The series was adapted into a television series called Rebus, starring John Hannah, and later, Ken Stott.
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Muriel Spark - The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The most popular of Muriel Spark's novels, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is about a school teacher and her class of ten year old girls. She cultivates the best of the best, the Creme de la Creme; she's also a Calvinist and a fascist. The film adaptation stars Maggie Smith.
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Walter Scott - The Heart of Midlothian

This is the seventh in his Waverley series, and the first time Scott tells a story through a female protagonist. Named after the site of the old Tolbooth prison, The Heart of Midlothian contains a bloodcurdling description of the murder of Captain John Porteous.
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Alexander McCall Smith - 44 Scotland Street

This series is the perfect antidote to Edinburgh's seedy side. 44 Scotland Street is full of loveable eccentrics, painting a witty and vivid picture of Edinburgh society.
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Irvine Welsh - Trainspotting

Trainspotting is a sometimes horrible, often hilarious journey through the experience of working class youth and drugs in Leith in the 1980's, depicting heroin abuse and its effects on a group of young friends. The film adaptation features a stellar cast of Scottish actors, starring Ewan MacGregor.
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Virtual Walking Tours

Walk with your heroes: see Edinburgh through the eyes of Walter Scott, Robert Burns, and Robert Louis Stevenson, or hunt for hidden literary gems with our walking trails.
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