Secret Edinburgh: the guidebook penned by over 160 comedy acts

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Want to know where Doc Brown gets his Scottish Tablet, or find what Tom Allen is doing with loads of towels? Then pick up comedy's own guidebook...

Andrew Maxwell, Marcus Brigstocke, Greg Proops, Tony Law and many more comedy acts have contributed to 2013's most original comedy product: a travel guide to Edinburgh.

From the big TV stars who know how to fill up for a fiver to newcomers who seek out the classiest restaurants, we’ve covered the sector and the city from the top of Arthur’s Seat (Joel Dommett) to the bottom of Broughton Street (Colin Hoult).
 
Secret Edinburgh is available at several stockists in Edinburgh and for order via Paypal or Amazon (it's cheaper via Paypal), or for download as an ebook via Payhip:
 
 
 
Also check out its sister title, Secret Kilkenny.
 
 

What's in the guide

Covering restaurants, pubs and bars, shopping and places to grab a quick bite to eat as well as attractions both in the city and out of town, Secret Edinburgh is designed to be a companion for anyone visiting Edinburgh, either during the Fringe or at any other time of the year.
 
Inside you will find out who is giving restaurant tips to Hardeep Singh Kohli, why Jonny & The Baptists keep ending up in A&E, how Mark Thomas relaxes during the festival, and what Milton Jones is up to loitering in the corridors of the Pleasance. 
 
In the shopping section Abandoman and Baconface give tips on where to pick up the hottest records; find out about Gyles Brandreth's affinity with a certain statue on Picardy Place, and go on a pub crawl with Jim Jefferies. Discover where Tom Rosenthal and Rob Beckett get their pies for breakfast, enjoy the finest takeaway cheeses Edinburgh has to offer with Eric Lampaert, dine Italian-style with Marcus Brigstocke and Brendon Burns and even pick up a battered Mars bar on the way home with Richard Vranch.
 
We have pieced together the stories and recommendations from comedians with great photography, illustrations and maps to help you hunt down the best places the city has to offer - and the best stories comedians have to tell.
 
Secret Edinburgh guide book
 

What the experts say

Nica Burns, director of the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards said: "This is without doubt the best, most original and—as it’s written by comedians—extremely entertaining guide to enjoying every minute of your time at the Edinburgh Festival. Secret Edinburgh is a must-have and no serious Fringe-goer should be without it."
 
Kate Copstick, chief comedy reviewer at the Scotsman, said: “Whether you have experienced the bracing August swim in the shark-infested waters of the Edinburgh Fringe or not, this book makes you want to get your metaphorical bathing knickers on and plunge right in. I want to go to all these places now. Just not sure whether I find trying on ladies underwear in Morningside with Wil Franken or going to Wednesday with Peter Buckley Hill more tempting.” 
 
As featured in the Guardian and the Observer
"Funny, informative and rather essential" Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke
"An instant hit" London Is Funny
"This is an invaluable and very readable guide to the city relevant all year round, and it’s a smart looking thing to boot" It's Nice That
"we reckon it’s a must-have purchase" The Velvet Onion
 

What we say

Tim Clark, co-editor of Secret Edinburgh, said: “I’ve always felt that comedians are the most obsessive compulsive tourists any city could ever wish to have, and their dedication to spending each August in Scotland’s capital makes an annual caravan holiday in Skegness look like a picnic. Secret Edinburgh is in essence a love letter to Edinburgh itself disguised as travel literature. I hope that readers can enjoy the guide as much as we have.”
 
Andrew Mickel, co-editor of Secret Edinburgh, said: “The same creativity that comedians bring to the stage night after night is evident in their approaches to finding things to do around the city for our book. We’ve uncovered bars, cafes and even hidden tunnels that we hadn’t heard of, and the variety of comedy styles mean it is all delivered in the most charmingly idiosyncratic way possible.”
 
 

How to get Secret Edinburgh in print

You can find Secret Edinburgh at several stockists around town:
Cabaret Voltaire, 36 Blair St, EH1 1QR
Edinburgh Bookshop, 219 Brunstfield Place, EH10 4DH
Transreal Fiction, 46 Candlemaker Row, EH1 2QE
Analogue, 39 Candlemaker Row, EH1 2QB
Golden Hare Books, 102 West Bow, EH1 2HH
Red Door Gallery, 42 Victoria St, EH1 2JW
Fruitmarket Gallery, 45 Market St, EH1 1DF
Word Power Books, 43-45 W Nicolson St, EH8 9DB
Blackwells, 53-62 South Bridge, EH1 1YS
 
You can also order via PayPal or Amazon using the links below. Secret Edinburgh costs £7.99, plus £2 p&p to UK addresses (£2.80 on Amazon).
 

 

How to get Secret Edinburgh as an ebook

Follow the link below to download Secret Edinburgh for £6 via Payhip, here. You can also get 10% off by sharing your purchase on Facebook or Twitter.

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The contributors...

Abandoman | Adam Hess | Adam Larter | Aisling Bea | Al Pitcher | Alexis Dubus | Alfie Brown | Alistair Barrie | Alistair Green | Amy Hoggart | Andrew Doyle | Andrew Maxwell | Andrew O’Neill | Angela Barnes | Angus Dunican | Annie McGrath | Anthony Alderson | Baconface | Barbershopera | Barry Ferns | Bec Hill | Ben Bailey Smith | Ben Target | Ben Van Der Velde | The Beta Males | The Boy with Tape on his Face | Brendon Burns | Brett Goldstein | Cariad Lloyd | Carly Smallman | Catie Wilkins | Chris Boyd | Chris Coltrane | Chris Cox | Chris Dangerfield | Chris Martin | Colin Hoult | Dan Nightingale | Dana Alexander | David Elms | David Quirk | David Trent | David Whitney | Diane Spencer | Doc Brown | Doug Segal | Ed Bartlam | Eleanor Conway | Elis James | Eric Lampaert | Felicity Ward | Fin Taylor | Flange Krammer | Fliss Russell | Gareth Morinan | George Ryegold | The Ginge, The Geordie and the Geek | Graham Fellows | Grainne Maguire | Greg Proops | Gyles Brandreth | Hardeep Singh Kohli | Harry Deansway | Heffernan & Fletcher | Helen Arney | Holly Burn | Holly Walsh | Horse & Louis | Howard Read | Isy Suttie | Jacob Edwards | James Acaster | Jamie Demetriou | Janey Godley | Jay Foreman | Jeff Leach | Jenny Bede | Jessica Fostekew | Jessie Cave | Jim Jefferies | Jim Smallman | Joanna Neary | Joe Lycett |  Joel Dommett | Joey Page | John Fleming | John Luke Roberts | John Robins | John Shuttleworth | Jonny & the Baptists | Josh Widdicombe | Karen Koren | Karl Shultz | Katie Goodman | Katie Mulgrew | Keith Farnan | Kieran Hodgson | Late Night Gimp Fight | Lebensmüde | Lee Kern | Lloyd Griffith | Lucy Porter | Luisa Omielan | Luke Benson | Marcus Brigstocke | Mark Little | Mark Restuccia | Mark Thomas | Matt Green | Matt Lacey | Matt Okine | Matthew Highton | Max & Ivan | Max Dickins | McNeil and Pamphilon | Mick Perrin | Milton Jones | Nadia Kamil | Nathaniel Metcalfe | Neil Dagley | New Art Club | Nica Burns | Nish Kumar | Pat Burtscher | Paul F Taylor | Paul Foxcroft | Paul Pirie | Paul Zerdin | Peter Buckley Hill | Phil Nichol | Piff | Rachel Parris | The Real MacGuffins | Rhys James | Richard Vranch | Rick Shapiro | Rob Beckett | Rob Deering | Rob Rouse | Robin & Partridge | Ronny Chieng | Rosie Wilby | Sam Fletcher | Sam Lloyd | Sam Wills | Sammy J | Sara Pascoe | Sarah Campbell | Scott Capurro | Shazia Mirza | Stephen Carlin | Steve Shanyaski | Stuart Goldsmith | Stuart Laws | Susan Calman | Suzy Bennett | Terry Clement | Tiernan Douieb | Sir Tim FitzHigham | Toby Williams | Tom Allen | Tom Bell | Tom Rosenthal | Tom Stade | Tom Webb | Tommy Holgate | Tommy Sheppard | Tony Law | Trodd En Bratt | Up & Over It | Vikki Stone | Will Franken | William Burdett- Coutts | WitTank | Zoe Lyons
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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