They say that all autobiographies are fictional and all fiction is autobiographical. In her memoir A Book of Untruths Miranda Doyle probes the grey area where truth and lies meet, and where stories have very real consequences. Join us to celebrate the Scottish launch of this courageously honest book! Each short chapter in A Book of Untruths is built around a lie. Cumulatively, the lies build to tell the tale of Doyle’s ever complicated family…

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Hello there!
Are you sitting comfortably?
Are you sure?
Have you found the perfect snuggle-up-and-lose-yourself-in-a-book place?
Somewhere comfy, NOT itchy-fuzzy?
Somewhere quiet, NOT buzz-buzzy?

Join us as we follow one small book lover’s search for the perfect place to sit (just for a bit!)…

Sunday Stories is aimed at children between 3-7 years old (but all welcome) and is run by our Storyteller, Elspeth Chapman. Each session will last about 45 minutes and prominently features a hand-picked book from our much-loved Children’s Room, followed by some crafts or games based on the book we’ve just read.

Sunday Stories is completely FREE and no booking is required, though we advise turning up a bit early in case it’s busy! We’ll start sharp at 11am, and while your little ones are entertained by stories, grown-ups can enjoy a proper browse in the shop whilst sipping a fresh cafetiere coffee!

10% off on the weekly Storytime book all Sunday!

A perfect bookish fix before/after heading to the weekly Stockbridge Market.


We’ll be transforming the Golden Hare into a curry house for this very special event featuring Dan aka The Curry Guy!

About this event

Come and meet The Curry Guy! Golden Hare Books is very pleased to be hosting this evening event with Dan Toombs, who has made his name providing the nation with easy-to-follow recipes to create some of the best curry recipes at home. Dan will tell us all about the inspiration for his book and share some of his best recipes. Ahead of this event, Dan will also be helping some of our booksellers prepare canapes to serve at the event so you can enjoy our efforts!

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Everyone knows that chameleons are the best at fitting in. But not Leon.

Leon is neon! In fact, he’s SO bright that he keeps all the other chameleons awake at night. But poor Leon is lonely, so he goes off in search of somewhere he can blend in. Come along and help Leon on his journey by counting his steps, sending him to sleep and giving him lots of reassurance when he’s feeling down. And wait and see: will he ever find a place he can fit in?

Sunday Stories is aimed at children between 3-7 years old (but all welcome) and is run by our Storyteller, Elspeth Chapman. Each session will last about 45 minutes and prominently features a hand-picked book from our much-loved Children’s Room, followed by some crafts or games based on the book we’ve just read. While your little ones are entertained by stories, grown-ups can enjoy a proper browse in the shop whilst sipping a fresh cafetiere coffee!

10% off on the weekly Storytime book all Sunday!

A perfect bookish fix before/after heading to the weekly Stockbridge Market.


This event is aimed at children aged 6-12 and will take place in the children’s room

Join us for the launch of acclaimed poet and writer Janette Ayachi’s new book for older children, The Mermaid, The Girl and the Gondola at Golden Hare Books!

The Mermaid, The Girl and The Gondola follows the exploits of a girl who moves from Scotland to Italy with her family. After an initial culture shock, a chance meeting with a mermaid on the canal leads to friendship, enchantment and adventure, with the pair encountering mysterious characters along the way from a fortune teller to some masked demons. But is the mermaid really who she claims to be? Continue reading →


We’re delighted to invite local children’s author Sarah Webster to read her new picture book to us at the Golden Hare for a special Sunday Stories!

Samson the dog meets Rodolpho after a great day swimming at the beach. He finds out that he is a member of the Italian lifeguards K9 division. After seeing how strong Samson is in the water, Rodolpho invites him to join the team and train with them. Samson learns about open water safety and works hard to pass all of his exams.

He eventually passes and Rodolpho, introduces Samson to Tom and John. After seeing the work of the K9 division they decide they need a dog lifeguard at their beach in Cornwall. Though nervous at first, Samson is excited to start his new job.

Samson teaches the public, alongside Tom and John, the rules of the beach and often stage rescues to inform. He keeps a watchful eye on the sea and the weather, keeping all of his visitors safe.

One stormy day at the beach, Samson has to perform an open water rescue. Will he be able to save the day alone?


Sunday Stories is aimed at children between 3-7 years old (but all welcome) and is run by our Storyteller, Elspeth Chapman. Each session will last about 45 minutes and prominently features a hand-picked book from our much-loved Children’s Room, followed by some crafts or games based on the book we’ve just read.

Sunday Stories is completely FREE and no booking is required, though we advise turning up a bit early in case it’s busy! We’ll start sharp at 11am, and while your little ones are entertained by stories, grown-ups can enjoy a proper browse in the shop whilst sipping a fresh cafetiere coffee!

10% off on the weekly Storytime book all Sunday!

A perfect bookish fix before/after heading to the weekly Stockbridge Market.



Join us for the launch of Stephen May’s new literary thriller Stronger Than Skin at Golden Hare Books, where author Stephen May will be in conversation with Alan Bissett. Stephen will read from his new novel and there will be discussion about the writing process, what inspired Stephen to write the novel and, of course, the twisted nature of love. Wine will be served!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Mark Chadwick is cycling home from work, eager to get back to his pregnant wife Katy and two children, when he sees the police calling at his house. He knows exactly why they are there and he knows that the world he has carefully constructed over twenty deliberately uneventful years is about to fall apart. He could lose everything.

A story of a toxic love gone wrong, with a setting that moves easily between present day London and 1990s Cambridge, Stronger Than Skin is compulsively readable, combining a gripping narrative with a keen eye for the absurdities of the way we live now.

ABOUT STEPHEN MAY 

Stephen May’s first novel TAG was longlisted for Wales Book of the Year and won the Media Wales Reader’s Prize. His second Life! Death! Prizes! was shortlisted for 2012 Costa Novel Award and
The Guardian Not The Booker Prize. He also collaborates on performance pieces with theatre-makers, artists, film-makers, musicians and dancers.


One Day On Our Blue Planet: In The Savannah by Ella Bailey

From breakfast to dinner, dusk to dawn, children will love spending the day with this curious lion cub. A new series of children’s books focused on the way our young animal friends spend a day begins with a curious lion cub.

Minding his mother and playing with his father, this little lion can’t help chasing trouble and fun as he explores the little corner of that big blue planet he shares with us.

Ella Bailey is an illustrator and writer who recently graduated from Falmouth University, UK with a First Class Honours degree in Illustration. She focuses on creating charming characters and character-based illustrations, particularly for stories and children’s books. Bailey’s style is playful and engaging, resulting in stories that are charged with imagination and will undoubtedly captivate any young reader.

Sunday Stories is completely FREE and no booking is required, though we advise turning up a bit early in case it’s busy! We’ll start sharp at 11am, and while your little ones are entertained by stories, grown-ups can enjoy a proper browse in the shop whilst sipping a fresh cafetiere coffee!

10% off on the weekly Storytime book all Sunday!

A perfect bookish fix before/after heading to the weekly Stockbridge Market.


We’re not only over the moon, we’re over the galaxy to announce that we’ll be hosting the Edinburgh launch for local author Philip Miller’s second novel, All the Galaxies, published by Freight Books in April!

All the Galaxies gives us a vivid image of dystopian Scotland, then adds to it the rush of intergalactic flight, the devil, mass murder, some luminous jellyfish, and a poignant portrayal of a struggling single father. That is to say, it is unsettling and uncommon and darkly atmospheric, with disarming flashes of hope and beauty.”

– Helen Sedgwick, author of The Comet Seekers

What to expect

Philip will be in conversation telling us about his new novel, All The Galaxies, depicting journeys both physical and emotional in a near-future world where politics has taken a dark turn for Scotland. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and have your copy signed after the discussion. Wine and cosmic biscuits will be served! We’re also hoping to have live acoustic guitar…

Tickets are free but booking is essential. Please book by scrolling down this event page or by popping into Golden Hare Books.

About All The Galaxies

The Lovely Bones meets Margaret Atwood in this extraordinary, deeply moving, supernatural story of a young man’s journey to find his mother, wrapped in a dystopian novel about an epic battle between good and evil that threatens to destroy a near future city.

John Fallon is a disillusioned journalist on a failing Glasgow newspaper. After a second failed independence referendum, Scotland is in turmoil, having broken into a number of autonomous city states. Roland, his son, has gone missing after a student protest turns into a violent clash with the newly militarised police. In outer space, a boy is wakened in the afterlife by his spirit guide, his beloved childhood dog, Kim. Kim takes the boy on a journey to the planets where the dead go, where he hopes to find his long dead mother.

Meanwhile, Fallon, searching for his son, uncovers a trail that leads to beleaguered city leader, Parry, and his shadowy advisor, Norloch.

As the boy and his dog make a shocking discovery that requires an impossible choice, Fallon discovers that a great deal more is at stake than the future of one nation. In All the Galaxies, Philip Miller presents a mesmerising morality tale than proves both a compulsive page-turner and unforgettable emotional journey.

 

About Philip Miller

Philip Miller is an award-winning journalist and writer. He is Arts Correspondent for the Herald, and has twice been named Arts Writer of the Year. His poetry has been published in print and online. His first novel, The Blue Horse, was published in 2015 to much acclaim. He lives in Edinburgh.