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Luckenbooth by Jenni Fagan

January 21, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


We’re thrilled to be hosting this event in celebration of Jenni Fagan’s eagerly anticipated new novel Luckenbooth: a bold, haunting and dazzlingly unique novel about the stories and secrets we leave behind, and the places that hold them long after we are gone.

The devil’s daughter rows to the shores of Leith in a coffin. The year is 1910 and she has been sent to a tenement building in Edinburgh by her recently deceased father to bear a child for a wealthy man and his fiancée. The harrowing events that follow lead to a curse on the building and its residents – a curse that will last for the rest of the century.

Over nine decades, No. 10 Luckenbooth Close bears witness to emblems of a changing world outside its walls. An infamous madam, a spy, a famous Beat poet, a coal miner who fears daylight, a psychic: these are some of the residents whose lives are plagued by the building’s troubled history in disparate, sometimes chilling ways. The curse creeps up the nine floors and an enraged spirit world swells to the surface, desperate for the true horror of the building’s longest kept secret to be heard.

Jenni will be in conversation with Kaite Welsh, and there will be a chance to ask questions during the event. The broadcast will also include a short film shot exclusively for this event. The ticket price includes a signed first edition of Luckenbooth, which will be hand-wrapped in our bespoke packaging. Jenni will be signing the books on the evening of the event; they will be available to collect or posted out in the next few days.


January 21, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Category:


The Portobello Bookshop Online Events


The Portobello Bookshop
0131 629 6756


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Signed book and ticket bundle
This ticket includes a signed first edition copy of Luckenbooth, and exclusive access to the online event broadcast live from the bookshop
£ 16.99