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Issue 59 - Books

Scotland Magazine Issue 59
October 2011

 

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Books

AND THEN FOREVER
CHRISTINE DE LUCA
£7.99 The Shetland Times Ltd ISBN 9781904746676
This is the debut novel from the Shetland poet, De Luca. The novel has two interrelated narrative stands linked through the main characters. The reader switches between the two stories as each unfolds.

THE LORE OF SCOTLAND
JENNIFER WESTWOOD AND SOPHIA KINGSHILL
£9.99 Arrow ISBN 9780099547167
This guide brings together Scotland’s rich past and varied landscape that has inspired the extraordinary array of legends and beliefs. From stories of bloody feuds and heroes, to tales of giants, the authours’ reach extends from the Borders to Shetland.

THE BEGINNING AND THE END OF THE WORLD
ROBERT CRAWFORD
£16.00 Birlinn Ltd ISBN 9781904598992
We are used to having our towns and cities photographed, even ourselves with the advent of CCTV. This book deals with the first place and group of people documented in photographs, which was surprisingly St Andrews.

MEMOIRS OF A BRITISH AGENT
ROBERT BRUCE LOCKHART
£14.99 Pen & Sword Books ltd ISBN 9781848326293
When first published in 1934, this book was an instant classic. Lockhart was a valuable witness to the political and social unrest leading up to the February Revolution and was able to foresee the rise of the Bolsheviks. A fascinating read with evocative descriptions of Moscow.

THE FORTH BRIDGE: A PICTURE HISTORY
SHEILA MACKAY
£10.99 Birlinn Ltd ISBN 9781841589350
If you are a fan of bridges and their history this is for you. The Forth Bridge was the greatest engineering feat the Victorian world had ever seen, and it is still one of the great achievements of mankind. Using rare archive photographs, this book charts the dramatic story of its construction.

OLD THE FRONT PAGE
MARTIN KIELTY
£7.25 Noisewave ISBN 9781447847045
This novel book presents history the way tabloid newspapers might have reported the events. From the Romans leaving the Antonine Wall to the battles which formed the nation, and from the Wallace and Bruce era to events like the Tay Bridge disaster, the book features reproductions of front pages that never existed.

GREAT CROWNS OF STONE
ADAM WELFARE RCAHMS
£30 ISBN 9781902419558
This book looks at the fascinating subject of the recumbent stone circles of Scotland and is the culmination of more than 10 years of research. The level of detail undertaken by Welfare is extraordinary, including detailed maps, plans, drawings and photographs.

THE SCOTS: A GENETIC JOURNEY
ALISTAIR MOFFAT AND JAMES WILSON
£16.99 Birlinn Ltd ISBN 9781841589411
Ahead of a new census, best selling history writer Moffat and geneticist Wilson have joined forces to unravel the complex and tangled history of Scotland locked within our DNA, and it is a story packed with genetic revelations.

HARRIS TWEED: FROM LAND TO STREET
LARA PLATMAN
£25 Frances Lincoln Ltd ISBN 9780711232167
Published in the 100th anniversary year of Harris Tweed’s trademark Orb stamp, Platman follows the chain of craftsmen, from the islanders in the Hebrides to the tailors of Savile Row. Offering insights into a lifestyle whose continued existence may surprise many.

SCOTTISH SPORTING LEGENDS
ROBERT PHILIP
£9.00 Mainstream Publishing ISBN 9781845967703
Scotland may not have won the football World Cup, but many of the country’s sportsmen and women are revered as global legends. Scots have conquered the world in just about every major sport: in football with the likes of Denis Law and Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Jackie Stewart in Formula One.

JULES VERNE’S SCOTLAND: IN FACT AND FICTION
IAN THOMPSON
£16.99 Luath Press Ltd ISBN 9781906817374
What was it about Scotland that inspired Jules Verne, science fiction pioneer and world famous writer. He drew upon its scenery and character, but he only spent 12 days spanning two journeys, 20 years apart; so how could he have loved so dearly a country he knew so little?

THE WICKER TREE
ROBIN HARDY
£7.99 Luath Press Ltd ISBN 9781906817619
The eagerly awaited companion piece to what the Sunday Times called the “scariest film ever” is finally here. Beth and Steve, a gospel singer and her cowboy boyfriend, both member of a no-sex-before-marriage cult leave the US for Scotland. When they are welcomed into the border fiefdom of Tressock, they assume their hosts want to hear more about Jesus...how wrong they are.