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Issue 62 - Book Reviews

Scotland Magazine Issue 62
April 2012

 

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Book Reviews

THE BLOCKADE RUNNERS
JULES VERNE
£7.99 Luath Press Ltd ISBN 978-1-90522-220-9
A trip to Scotland in 1859 inspired Verne to write this book, set in Glasgow’s port at the time of the American Civil War. In this all new translation, with a new introduction by Professor Ian Thompson, you can discover Verne’s passion for sailing and the sea.

THE FAMOUS GROUSE A WHISKY COMPANION
VARIOUS AUTHORS
£9.99 Random House ISBN 978-0-09194-474-2
Few drinks are as beloved and iconic as The Famous Grouse. For more than one hundred years, people the world over have enjoyed this versatile drink. This book gives you history, cooking and cocktail ideas.

BLOODLINES - TOUCH NOT THE CAT (A GENEALOGY MYSTERY NOVEL)
THOMAS MCKERLEY & INGRID SCHIPPERS £8.99 www.touchnotthecat.com ISBN 973-1-904881-49-0 Ballindalloch Castle, ancestral home of the Macphersons, is the setting for a long ago tragedy to be revealed. A compelling read.

GLASGOW’S GRAND CENTRAL HOTEL
BILL HICKS AND JILL SCOTT
£20 Waverley Books 978-1-84934-220-9
Drama and romance, glamour and glitz, this lovely book features the glorious and colourful history of the Central Hotel. In the years after its opening in 1883, the Central became the place to stay.

THE FADED MAP THE LOST KINGDOMS OF SCOTLAND
ALISTAIR MOFFAT
£16.99 Birlinn Limited ISBN 978-1-84158-885-8
History, they say, is written by the victors, but what of the history of those who have failed. Moffat uncovers the the once vigorous kingdoms which have slipped from memory.

THE LEGACY OF LUDOVIC GRANT
JERRY A MADDOX
£9.50 Authorhouse ISBN 978/1/4343/0649/4
A non-fiction about Ludovic Grant, a Jacobite captured at Preston, England and banished in 1716 to America where he served as an indentured servant and later became a trader with the Cherokee Indians.

His marriage to a Cherokee woman resulted in a legacy and heritage to thousands of mixed-blood Cherokees living in the USA today.

LOST MORAY AND NAIRN
BRUCE BISHOP
£16.99 Birlinn Limited ISBN 978-1-84158-875-9
This new volume is packed with fascinating details of the architectural and social losses of the areas: the places, buildings and aspects of life which have disappeared as times and needs have changed.

THE SCOTS A GENETIC JOURNEY
ALISTAIR MOFFAT & JAMES WILSON
£9.99 Birlinn Limited ISBN 978-1-78027-032-6
The authors unravel the complex and tangled history of Scotland locked in its DNA. They discover an almost limitless archive of Scottish history where the ancient story is being rewritten.

LOST PERTH
JEREMY DUNCAN
£14.99 Birlinn Limited ISBN 978-1-84158-966-4
Not surprisingly for a place that has seen continuous human settlement for thousands of years, many buildings in Perth have come and gone. Duncan chronicles the changing face of Perth.

SCOTTISH SEAFOOD ITS HISTORY & COOKING
CATHERINE BROWN
£20 Birlinn Limited ISBN 978-1-84158-975-6
A fresh approach to cooking and eating the seafood from Scottish waters is long overdue, and Brown has produced a beautiful book bringing together centuries of traditional tasty recipes.

ON THE ROCKS A LIGHTKEEPER’S TALE
LAWRENCE TULLOCH
£15.99 The Shetland Times Publishing ISBN 978-1-90474-646-1
The history and architecture of lighthouses has been well documented over the years, but Tulloch focuses in on the people who live and worked the lights around the coastline, from Muckle Flugga to Chicken Rock.

SCOTTISH SKIING THE GOLDEN YEARS 1950-1990
ED RATTRAY
£12.99 Matador ISBN 978-1-78088-037-2
Rattray recounts the start of the Scottish skiing revolution having amassed a large archive of information and pictures which he uses to illustrate this definitive historical interpretation of the explosion in skiing.