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Issue 80 - Scotland's Bookshelf

Scotland Magazine Issue 80
April 2015

 

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Scotland's Bookshelf

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

Bludie Harlaw
Realities, Myths, Ballads
Ian A. Olson
£14.99 | Birlinn | ISBN 9-781906-566760

In 1411, Donald of Isla, Lord of the Isles, invaded mainland Scotland with an enormous battle-hardened following only to be obliterated on the plateau of Harlaw, fifteen miles from Aberdeen. So ended the might of the Lordship of the Isles. With over 3,000 dead, how can such a momentous event in Scotland's history have come to be so largely overlooked?

The Bog, the Bahamas and Beyond
Leslie Hunter
$15.95 (US) | Outskirts Press | ISBN 978-1-4327-9701-0

Born in Edinburgh in 1946, this is a part family saga and a biography of a lad o' pairts who grew up in Falkirk and who made his way into the banking world to the Caribbean. A canny Scots mind, he found himself dealing with tax dodgers and drug dealers before becoming a property developer, business consultant and the owner of 15th Century Bridge Castle, near Armadale in Midlothian.

Edinburgh Old Town
Journeys and Evocations
John Fee with Stuart McHardy and Donald Smith
£7.99 (UK)/ $14.95 (US) | Luath Press | ISBN 978-1-910021-56-9

A celebration of little-known aspects of Edinburgh's Royal Mile through the eyes of a master story-teller. This is a charming evocation of the characters of legend. Even Charles Dickens, first as a young newspaper reporter and later to promote his writing, features on a visit to the Canongate.

Glimpses of the Past – Leith
Tom Wright
£8.99 (UK)/ $16.95 (US) | Luath Press | ISBN 978-1-908375-65-6


This is a collation of anecdotes centered on Edinburgh's port on the Firth of Forth, a bustling community with a rich seafaring history. No matter where they end up, Leithers are proud of their heritage and there is a great nostalgia to be experienced in this proud and very individual district of Scotland's capital.