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Issue 20 - Book Reviews

Scotland Magazine Issue 20
April 2005

 

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Book Reviews

Sally Toms reviews a selection of Scottish books.

The Munro Almanac
This handy rucksack-sized book is a comprehensive guide to all of Scotland’s munros (mountains over 3,000ft). Details some 284 peaks and their localities. Boundless technical information and other useful bits such as correct Gaelic pronunciation, climbing routes and times for ascents and decents. An essential bit of kit for the hard-core walker.
* Cameron McNeish
* The In Pinn £7.99

Six Months in Scotland – An American View of its Salmon Fishing
This book details a keen amateur fisherman’s six month ‘house swap’ experience, from Montana to a house near the rivers Dee and Don in the Highlands. Published by the author, this is a rare piece of fly-fishing literature; personal, knowledgeable and at times culturally revealing both for Americans and for Scots.
* Sylvester Nemes
* Published by the author $29.95

The Scottish Regiments 1633 – 1996
Originally published in 1988, this book has been updated and reprinted at a time when the identities of all the Scottish regiments are under threat. Fully illustrated and containing a remarkable amount of fact without some of the fluffed up dramatisation so often prominent in military history books.
* Patrick Mileham
* Spellmount Publishers £35

The Heart of Glasgow
Jack House (1906-1991) loved Glasgow. In this classic Scottish text he mixed medieval folklore, historical anecdote, gossip and wry observation to paint a portrait of his beloved city. Much more than a dry, historical narrative. Rather like listening to the reminiscences of your Grandfather.
* Jack House
* Neil Wilson Publishing £15

Scotland’s Castles
Covers the ‘golden age’ of the Scottish castle, from the 12th to the 16th century, and looks in depth at every aspect these buildings once had and their importance within the community. The author is Principal Inspector of Ancient Monuments with Historic Scotland, and therefore this book contains plenty of archeological information.
* Chris Tabraham
* Historic Scotland £15.99

The Art of the Chase
The photographer spent five years trailing hunts in Scotland and England to produce this well thought out and beautiful collection of black and white prints. Fox hunting is now banned in the British Isles, promoting this book from controversial coffee table decoration to an important record of a way of life.
* Amanda Lockhart
* Adelphi Publishers £17.99