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Issue 27 - Book reviews

Scotland Magazine Issue 27
June 2006

 

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Book reviews

The Border Line
This is a travelogue of author and broadcaster Eric Robson’s journey through the Borders, starting at Solway Firth and covering 105 miles through forest and across moor to Berwick upon Tweed.

In his wonderfully easy style, the author describes points of interest, recounts episodes from history and generally discourses on the unique character of the landscape and the people who live here. Eric Robson £12.99 Frances Lincoln Publishers www.franceslincoln.com

The Edinburgh Graveyard Guide A fascinating guide to the treasures of the capital’s cemeteries; packed full of historical fact, littleknown tales and truth from beyond the grave.

Includes many well known graveyards such as the Castle and Greyfriars, as well as some of the city’s forgotten sites. Michael T R B Turnbull £8.99 Scottish Cultural Press www.scottishbooks.com

The Time Team: What Happened When The expert archaeologists and historians behind the hit Channel 4 series Time Team have selected the 100 key events they believe had a major impact on our society, and justify their choices in this book.

Not so much a definitive guide as a quick foray into the past, this book gives an accurate chronology of events that shaped our country.

Tim Taylor £20 Transworld Publishers www.transworld-publishers.co.uk

On the Trail of the Holy Grail With all the attention from Hollywood this year has seen an increasing interest in the myths and legends surrounding the Holy Grail. On the Trail of the Holy Grail takes a step back from the usual stories and offers up some surprising answers to the origin of the Grail.

Stuart McHardy £7.99 Luath Press www.luath.co.uk

The Highland Clearances Trail The Clearances have left a legacy of resent and hate still felt today.

In this book, author Rob Gibson presents the real past of the Highlands, guiding the reader round sites of particular evictions and memorials.

He provides facts and figures that show the true extent of the destruction of communities.

Rob Gibson £5.99 Luath Press www.luath.co.uk

Scots in the USA To the 25 million Americans with Scottish roots, it should come as no surprise that Scots have made a significant contribution to the history of the USA.

Jenni Calder looks at the various ways Scots made their mark from the very moment they began to settle in America.

Informative and concise, this is a fascinating tales of how a small nation had a huge influence.

Jenni Calder £8.99 Luath Press www.luath.co.uk