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Issue 23 - Book Reviews

Scotland Magazine Issue 23
October 2005


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Book Reviews

Tales of the Picts.
A collection of ancient tales from the Picts for the first time, taking readers into the magical past of this most ancient of Scottish tribes. The Picts, a proud tribe of warriors , shared their world with ghosts, giants, saints and priestesses and filled their lives with tales of battles, romance and wisdom. A collection of Scotland’s formative and cultural past.
Stuart McHardy £5.99 Luath Press.

The Clans, Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands.
Frank Adam’s monumental work , first issued almost a century ago, revised and reprinted makes a welcome return after an absence of a dozen years or more.
Frank Adam £20.00 Northern Books.

This newest volume of images is the culmination of three years of photographing throughout Scotland. All the images were shot with a 5 x 12 format camera and originally printed in the hand-coated palladium process. Though slightly reduced from true size, the rich reproduction of some of the country’s most stunning sights creates an unforgettable glimpse of Scotland’s secular and sacred spaces.
Tillman Crane £65.00 Sterling & Hurst.

The Highland Railway.
This is the story of how the railway changed the Highlands forever, and is the first complete history of the various lines since the 1960s. The Highland Railway was first proposed at the time of the railway mania in the 1840s. Work started at Perth and spread slowly to Inverness, overcoming many natural and political problems on the way.
David Ross £17.99 Tempus.

Castles of Scotland.
A must for all those fascinated by Scotland’s culture, history and architectural heritage. Scottish castles were not just fortresses in times of conflict; they were central to the lives of many Scots, of all stations, through peacetimes as well as war. This book charts the history of the Scottish people through these ancient and inspiring buildings.
Chris Tabraham £14.99 Historic Scotland.

Hey, Mr Big!
The book is part of a non-profit making venture, with all proceeds from its sales going to the Jamie Fund, set up in memory and celebration of the life of Jamie Colin Gasking. Aged 11 years old, Jamie died in an accident at the Falls of Bruar, Perthshire on July 11, 2003, just eight days after completing his final year at primary school. The book is written by Jamie’s dad, David about the events.
David Gasking £10.99 iUniverse.