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Saturday 7th August is the date for the forthcoming Bookface Book Swap Brunch being held at Glasgow’s newest gastropub, The Duke’s Umbrella.

The city centre location recently hosted a TV production crew filming Karen Pirie a new ITV cold case thriller drama, based on Scottish author Val McDermid’s The Distant Echo and stars Outlander’s Lauren Lyle. The screen adaptation is from the critically acclaimed and award winning producers of Line of Duty and Bodyguard.

The premise of the Bookface Book Swap brunches is simple and tickets for the forthcoming event on Saturday 7th August are already selling fast. Guests bring four books to swap, enjoy tea and coffee, a Q+A hosted by journalist Anna Burnside with award-winning crime thriller writer Lisa Gray then have Prosecco with brunch and leave with four “new books”.

Lisa Gray is an Amazon #1, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut novel, Thin Air, was’s third-bestselling Kindle eBook of 2019, while Bad Memory was longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year. Dark Highway, the third book in the Jessica Shaw series, was published in November 2020. Lisa lives in Glasgow and now writes full-time.

Lisa said: “Online book groups have been an invaluable way for readers to stay connected and share their love of books throughout lockdown. I’ve loved being a part of the Bookface community as both an author and a reader. I’m so excited to get out and meet readers in person again and I can’t wait for what is sure to be a fantastic event at The Duke’s Umbrella.”

Former broadcaster, avid reader and Bookface founder Heather Suttie said: “The Bookface Book Swap Brunches are Saturday morning get togethers for guests to enjoy 3 hours immersed in all things book related. She started the group on Facebook last year and more than 1400 people from around the world now enjoy sharing great recommendations for books of every genre.

Life is too short for ***t books so we only trade on brilliant recommendations and the book swaps allow us to chat about great books, save money and live that little more sustainably.

“Our first event held at Glaschu last month with guest host Sally Magnusson and author Maggie Ritchie sold out in under three days.”

Tickets for Saturday 7th August are £20 from Eventbrite and includes a choice of three brunch dishes.

The event starts at 10am prompt and finishes at 1pm. The Bookface Book Swap events are not for profit.

To join the group please visit

The next event will be hosted at Glaschu on Saturday 4th September, more details coming soon.

About The Duke’s Umbrella

Open 7 days, Monday – Friday 10am-1am, Saturday and Sunday 10am-1am

Enjoy Brunch 10-2, Lunch 12-5, Dinner 5 -10pm

The Duke’s Umbrella, 363 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8LT

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