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Issue 78 - Scotland's Bookshelf

Scotland Magazine Issue 78
December 2014


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Scotland's Bookshelf

A selection of the latest offering on Scottish History, Style and Culture

A Higher World Scotland 1705-1815
Michael Fry
£25.00 | Birlinn | ISBN 978 -1-78027-233-7

It was a golden age in Scottish history. Commencing with the Act of Union in 1707, the author analyses aspects of society, economics, cultural life and the politics of the age. He reveals that while Scotland was successfully merged into the rest of Britain, both politically and culturally, it has very much retained its own status quo.

A Drop In The Ocean
Lawrence McEwen and the Isle of Muck
Polly Pullar
£12.99 | Birlinn | ISBN 978-1-78027-235-8

One family has owned the Isle of Muck, one of the four Inner Hebridean Small Isles, since 1896. Contrary to the popular image of a feudal laird, the current owner Lawrence MacEwen spends most of his time working his farm, milking cows or cycling to the island pier to inspect the incoming cargo of the island ferry. It is often a tough, remote life.

Walking the Border
A Journey between Scotland and England

Ian Crofton
£16.99 | Birlinn | ISBN 978-1-78027-207-8

The Border between England and Scotland has been fixed since the union of the Crowns in 1603, stretching from Gretna Green to the west to Berwick-upon-Tweed in the east. Sometimes delineated and sometimes arbitrary, the consequences can be far reaching. A thoroughly thought provoking state of affairs.

Troubled Waters An Alice Rice Mystery
Gillian Galbraith
£14.99 | Polygon Bookshelf | ISBN 978-1-84697-293-3

The sixth instalment in the compelling Alice Rice detective series from Gillian Galbraith. Mystery surrounds the disappearance of a young disabled girl in Edinburgh's port of Leith. Two bodies are washed ashore in the Firth Estuary, so will Detective Inspector Rice be able to find the girl in time to save her?