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66: The House that Viewed the World

In partnership with Scotland Street Press, Edinburgh World Heritage you are invited to –

The book launch of 66: The House that Viewed the World

‘One of the most vivid works of historical narration to have appeared for many years’ - Alexander McCall Smith

Set in 66 Queen Street, this book tells the story of extraordinary people and events associated with the house from the late 18th century to date. Empowered by the Scottish Enlightenment, the diverse characters range from heroes to villains and from people of conscience to subjects of tabloid scandal and moral prurience. As Edinburgh emerges to become the intellectual, banking and professional capital of an enlightened Scotland, the story reflects how our modern world is shaped but above all, it is about how some people become masters of their circumstances and other prisoners.

Join us in the splendid setting of the Signet Library on Tuesday 26 November for an evening with the author, John D O Fulton WS. In conversation with Robert Pirrie WS, Chief Executive of the WS Society, John will talk about his research and the inspiration behind the work after giving a short presentation.

The discussion will be followed by a book signing and celebratory drinks reception.


Date: Tuesday 26 November

Time: Doors 5.30 pm, Start at 6pm, Drinks from 6.45 pm

Venue: The Signet Library, Parliament Square, Edinburgh

Access: Please note that there is no lift access and the library is only accessible by a flight of stairs.

Tickets are available for a discount rate of £6 for members of Edinburgh World Heritage and of the WS Society. Please visit Eventbrite to secure your place today.

Attendees will have the chance to purchase a copy of the book in the evening. However, if you would like to pre-order or find out more about the publication - details can be found on the Scotland Street Press website.

For any questions regarding the event, or to find out more about Edinburgh World Heritage, please contact Rosa Ross on

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