Edit Magazine


The University’s mission is to ‘discover, develop and share knowledge’. Edit highlights a few of our alumni authors doing just that.


Three sisters, three queens

Philippa Gregory

The latest historical novel from this prolific author tells the stories of three close friends – Margaret Tudor, Mary Tudor and Katherine of Aragon, who became the queens of England, Scotland and France. A story of envy, loss and sisterhood.

Umbrellas of Edinburgh

Russell Jones and Clare Askew

A selection of contemporary poetry and prose inspired by Scotland’s capital. Including works by more than 70 writers and spanning 200 pages, the collection explores both the famous landmarks and hidden gems of Edinburgh.

The fractured life of Jimmy Dice

Ronan Ryan

Losing his twin at birth, surviving a dog attack, being chased by gangsters… Jimmy overcomes one challenge after another in this story of growing up and falling in love in Ireland.

Einstein & twentieth-century politics

Richard Crockatt

This is the first comprehensive study of Albert Einstein’s politics, covering his opinions and campaigns on pacifism, Zionism, control of nuclear weapons, world government, freedom and racial equality. Here he is viewed alongside a selection of global intellectuals, including Gandhi, HG Wells and Thomas Mann.

Fantastic beasts and where to find them

J K Rowling

First released in 2001, and the inspiration for a movie blockbuster, this updated 2017 edition is an essential companion to the Harry Potter stories. It offers a new foreword by the author and the introduction of six new beasts.

Portraits of violence

Sean Michael Wilson (et al)

Bringing together established academics and award-winning comic book writers and illustrators, ‘Portraits of Violence’ illustrates the most compelling ideas and episodes in the critique of violence. Michel Foucault, Susan Sontag, Noam Chomsky and Judith Butler are among those who tell their story in this innovative graphic title.

Rather be the devil

Ian Rankin

In the 21st instalment in the Inspector Rebus series, the death of Maria Turquand, murdered in her hotel room 40 years ago, remains unsolved. Meanwhile, Edinburgh’s underworld has a new king, but will ‘Big Ger’ Cafferty reclaim his throne in this tale of corruption and rivalry?

The Bertie Project

Alexander McCall Smith

The 11th book in the series about the lives of the eccentric city dwellers of a nook of Edinburgh’s New Town. This latest instalment about 44 Scotland Street sees Bertie trying to escape his overbearing mother.

Add to the shelf

To discover more alumni authors or to contribute your own book, visit our online bookshelf on the Alumni Services website.

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