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Doug Johnstone – The Great Silence

August 26, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm BST

£3.00 – £8.99


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This event was hosted on Thursday 26th August.



We’re thrilled to welcome local author Doug Johnstone back to the bookshop for an event to celebrate the publication of the third book in his The Skelfs series, The Great Silence. He’ll be in conversation with fellow crime writer Helen FitzGerald.

The event will be streamed live from the bookshop to attendees viewing from home. We are also planning for this event to take place in the bookshop with a small in-person audience of up to 25 people (our usual capacity is 100). However, depending on COVID regulations at the time of the event, those purchasing the book & in-person audience option will also receive the link to watch the event from home, should we be unable to welcome people to the bookshop on the night.

The discovery of a human foot in an Edinburgh park, the inexplicable circumstances of a dying woman, and the missing daughter of Jenny’s violent ex-husband present the Skelf women with their most challenging – and deadly – cases yet…

Doug Johnstone is the author of twelve previous novels, most recently The Big Chill. Three of his books, A Dark MatterBreakers and The Jump, were shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year. He has also been an arts journalist for over twenty years. Doug is a songwriter and musician with five albums and three solo EPs released, and he plays drums for the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers, a band of crime writers.

Helen FitzGerald is the bestselling author of ten adult and young adult thrillers, including The Donor (2011) and The Cry (2013), which was longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, and adapted for a major BBC drama. Her 2019 dark-comedy thriller Worst Case Scenario was a Book of the Year in the Literary Review, Herald Scotland, Guardian and Daily Telegraph, shortlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, and won the CrimeFest Last Laugh Award. Helen worked as a criminal justice social worker for over fifteen years. She grew up in Victoria, Australia, and now lives in Glasgow with her husband.

When you purchase a signed – and if requested, dedicated – copy of The Great Silence via the options below, you will also receive access to the livestream of the event. There is also an option to purchase a £3 voucher which provides access to the livestream. The voucher can be used on any item in the bookshop and on our website – including other books by Doug Johnstone. Following Scottish Government advice and guidelines, in-person audience attendees will be asked to wear a face covering inside the bookshop unless they are exempt.


August 26, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm BST
£3.00 – £8.99
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at The Portobello Bookshop
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The Portobello Bookshop
0131 629 6756
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