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Issue 63 - Books

Scotland Magazine Issue 63
June 2012

 

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Books

Book reviews

A SINK OF ATROCITY
MALCOLM ARCHIBALD
£11.99 Black and White ISBN 978 1 84502 420 8
Dundee in the 19th century was a very dangerous place, Archibald chronicles the ordinary and extraordinary crimes that took place there: from bodysnatchers to domestic violence, gang crimes and thieving. This is the true story of the criminals and the crime fighters.

HALCYON IN THE HEBRIDES
BOB ORRELL
£16.99 Whittles ISBN 978 1 84995 040 4
To celebrate 60 years of sailing Scottish waters, Orrell single-handedly sailed a 32’ wooden yawl, the Halcyon, from Fairlie on the Clyde around the Mull of Kintyre to Barra in the Outer Hebrides. This book documents the journey, with tales and images from along the way.

CATHERINE OF DEEPDALE
MILLIE VIGOR
£19.99 Robert Hale ISBN 978 0 70909 639 9
The tale of Catherine Jameson, who leaves Southampton to follow her husband to Shetland, where her dream of an idyllic life on an island is rudely shattered.

LAST MAN STANDING
NORMAN COLLINS
£12.99 Pen & Sword books ISBN 978 1 84884 865 8
This tells the story of Norman Collins, a young officer during the First World War, who leads his platoon into the carnage of the Battle of the Somme. This is a harrowing tale of battle, loss and the horrors of war.

GOLF IN SCOTLAND
ALLAN MCALLISTER FERGUSON
£15.99 WFPublishing ISBN 978 0 97103 264 4
This handy guide is designed to help you plan affordable and informed golf trips in Scotland. The book offers advice on when to go, where to go and where to stay. It also features extensive descriptions of 74 courses to play at.

PAGAN SYMBOLS OF THE PICTS
STUART MCHARDY £14.99 Luath ISBN 978 1 90837 314 4
Join historian Stuart McHardy as he examines the meanings of the Pictish symbol stones from a new perspective. Part history, part art history, he paints a diverse picture of the Picts.

SCOTLAND’S CASTLE CULTURE
AUDREY DAKIN, MILES GLENDINNING & AONGHAS MACKECHNIE
£25 Hardback Birlinn ISBN 978 1 906566 33 3
Beautifully details the entire history of Scotland’s castles from the very first stone castles in the 13th century to the present day, plotting changes in architecture and the development of the castle.

SCOTTISH WILD FLOWERS MINI GUIDE
MICHAEL SCOTT £5.99 Birlinn ISBN 978 184158 954 1
A convenient guide to the wealth of beautiful wild flowers in Scotland, this hand pocket-sized book is easy to use, colourful and contains comprehensive descriptions; a must-have for avid ramblers and enthusiastic gardeners.

THESE ISLANDS, WE SING AN ANTHOLOGY OF SCOTTISH ISLANDS POETRY
KEVIN MACNEIL
£9.99 Polygon ISBN 978 1 84697 211 9
This peerless anthology pays tribute to the islands’ fine poetic output by bringing together talent in a wonderful collection exploring love, language and landscape.