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Issue 81 - Scotland's Bookshelf

Scotland Magazine Issue 81
June 2015


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Scotland's Bookshelf

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

Goanae No Dae That!
The best of the best of those cracking Scottish sayings!
Allan Morrison | Illustrations by Bob Dewar
£7.95 (UK)/ $14.95(US) | Luath Press | ISBN: 978-1-910021-57-6

This is collation of colloquial Scots expressions ranging from instructions to ‘away an’ bile yer heid an’ mak silly soup’ to ‘Yer herr’s mingin’, hingin, an’ clingin’. Always to the point, confrontational, and invariably rude, they are also hilarious and more in everyday use than you might ever expect.

Jewel in the Glen
Gleneagles, Golf & The Ryder Cup
Ed Hodge | Foreword by Jack Nicklaus
£25.00 | Arena Sport in association with The Gleneagles Hotel | ISBN: 978-1-909715-23-3

This lavishly illustrated book traces the origins of the Ryder Cup back to its humble origins at the Gleneagles Hotel in 1921. At the heartland of Scottish golf, this book provides a fascinating history of the sport with in-depth interviews with many of the golfing celebrities whose reputations were made at this unique destination.

Nicola Sturgeon
A Political Life
David Torrance
£9.99 | Birlinn | ISBN: 978-1-78027-296-2

How did a working class girl from Ayrshire become Scotland's First Minister? David Torrance reveals the life of one of Scotland's most prominent political figures who joined the Scottish Nationalist Party at the tender age of sixteen, and has since had a masterly makeover of image.

The Scots Kitchen
Its Traditions and Recipes
F. Marian McNeil
Edited and Introduced by Catherine Brown
£14.99 | Birlinn | ISBN 978-1-78027-301-3

This is the first new edition of this classic book to be published in thirty years. Redesigned and illustrated for today's readers by Iain McIntosh, the cookery writer and broadcaster Catherine Brown recalls the fascinating life of the author and her invaluable work.

Silver Skin
Joan Lennon
£7.99 | Birlinn | ISBN: 978 178027 284 9

Time travel is all the vogue in the 21st Century. This is the tale of a traveller for the future who accidentally ends up at Skara Brae on Orkney in Neolithic Scotland. Crops are failing, fierce storms batter the coastline and a mysterious figure in a silver skin rises out of the sea and bursts into flame. This book has all the ingredients of a prehistoric transcendental romance.

The Story of Scotland
Inspired by The Great Tapestry of Scotland
Allan Burnett
£9.99 | Birlinn | ISBN 978-1-78027-241-2

Scotland was once a huge jungle? This is one of the many fascinating facts to emerge in this colourful publication which is lavishly illustrated with the images of the amazing great Tapestry of Scotland.

The Tears of the Rajas
Mutiny, Money and Marriage in India 1805 – 1905
Ferdinand Mount
£25.00 | Simon & Schuster | ISBN: 978-1-4711-2945-2

This is the epic history of the Lows of Clatto, the author's ancestors who, as did so many Scots, sacrificed their lives to the service of the British Empire. Surviving mutiny and siege, from the heat of Madras to the snows of Afghan, their story is revealed with candour. Bankruptcies in Scotland, plagues and passion combine to create an enthralling epic of treachery and survival.

Three Men and a Bradshaw
An Original Victorian Travel Journal
John George Freeman
Edited by Ronnie Scott
£16.99 (UK); $32.99 (Can) | Random House Books | ISBN 978-1-847-94744-4

With two chapters devoted to Scotland in 1877 and 1878, this is a fascinating and finely illustrated glimpse into a long ago age and a reassuring proof that nothing changes all
that much.

The Victorian Photographs of
Dr. Thomas Keith and John Forbes White
John Hannavy
£20.00 +P&P | ISBN 978-0-9930535-0-4

This is a major study of two of Scotland's most influential Victorian amateur photographers compiled and published by Scotland Magazine’s very own John Hannavy. A fascinating insight into the pastime of an eminent surgeon and his art collector brother-in-law.