Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it

– from Yann Martel’s Life of Pi

This quotation comes from Yann Martel’s hit novel Life of Pi. Published by Edinburgh’s own Canongate in 2002, it’s a novel about survival, spirituality and storytelling. The bestselling Booker Prize-winner in history, Canongate’s editions represent more than a quarter of the novel’s 12 million copies sold worldwide.


Tweeddale Court has a long and innovative history of print, from the days of Oliver & Boyd, and is now home to The List magazine and Canongate Books.




From 1820, the area was home to publishers Oliver & Boyd – the first in Edinburgh to combine printing, bookbinding and publishing on the same site – and whose name still stands above the doorway.