Sun 25 Sep 2022, 6.00pm - 7.00pm

Launched at the 2021 Edinburgh International Book Festival, Sara Sheridan’s latest novel captures the spirit of Enlightenment Scotland. 

It is 1822 and the Botanic Garden in Edinburgh is moving from an old site in Leith to its new one. There is high excitement as a rare Agave Americana plant is flowering, an extraordinary, once in a generation event. Observing this phenomenon are a memorable cast of characters including high-class courtesan Belle Brodie and Elizabeth Rocheid, a botanical illustrator newly arrived in the city. 

A romp, packed with entertaining scandal and intrigue, The Fair Botanists is a major achievement for this beloved stalwart of the Edinburgh literary scene. There cannot be many novelists with a background in perfume production but Sheridan is one of them.  

Chaired by Heather Parry, Senior Policy and Liaison Manager, Scotland for the Royal Society of Authors, and writer, editor and publisher. 

 Sara Sheridan, named as one of the Saltire Society’s most Influential Scottish women, past and present, is known for the Mirabelle Bevan Mysteries, a series of historical novels based on Georgian and Victorian explorers, and has written non-fiction on the early days of Queen Victoria’s marriage and the historical background to Jane Austen’s novel Sanditon for the ITV series of the same name. 

In 2018, she remapped Scotland according to women’s history to memorialize our forgotten foremothers. With a fascination for uncovering forgotten stories, she is an active campaigner.  


This event is sponsored by RSM.