The Edinburgh Skating Club
320 Pages, 5.1 x 7.7 in
- February 2023
When eighteenth-century poet Alison Cockburn accepts a light-hearted challenge from her friend Katherine Hume to live as a man, in order to infiltrate Edinburgh’s all-male skating club, little do they both realise how her new identity will shape their future.
And in the present, art historian Claire Sharp receives a mysterious request: to settle once and for all the true provenance of the iconic painting The Skating Minister.
The Edinburgh Skating Club is the tale of one woman's mission to infiltrate a male-dominated society. Imaginative, romantic and ultimately moving, this time-shift adventure celebrates the women overlooked by history – and, above all, love, in all its unexpected forms.
The Edinburgh Skating Club is an engaging read, in which discussions about art, politics, love and gender are woven deftly into the plot' ~Kirsty McLuckie, The Scotsman
A pacy tale traversing both 18th century and modern-day Edinburgh' ~Jennifer McLaren, Dundee Courier
History, humour, and plenty of heart, in a slice of Edinburgh heritage served up with more than one unexpected twist. Perfect for fans of Alexander McCall Smith, art lovers and anyone who loves the capital' ~Barbara Henderson, Highland News and Media
In this playful and poignant offering of historical fiction, Sloan celebrates love and the unsung contributions of women to Scottish culture... both heart-breaking and enchanting in equal measure' ~Kai Durkin, Press and Journal
The Edinburgh Skating Club is warm and funny with more than a few surprises. It’s a very entertaining read with an unexpectedly emotional ending' ~Portobello Book Blog
as fascinating and pleasurable as I could have hoped... Embedded in sound historical research, this is a feel-good read which tackles issues of sexism through the ages without ever taking itself too seriously' ~Ali Bacon
McCall Smith’s writing is incredibly captivating and though the stories are frequently filled with feelings of sadness and guilt, the collection is bound to induce laughs' ~Glasgow University Scottish Literature Society
Most impressive and a delight to read' ~University of Edinburgh Journal