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Volume 7 – Issue 3 – Classifieds – Scottish Review of Books
by SRB

Volume 7 – Issue 3 – Classifieds

August 10, 2011 | by SRB


The Roost
Neil Butler
Thirsty Books £7.99 PB 9781906134778
Spectacular first fiction from young Shetland writer. Lucy Ellmann: ‘It’s wonderful.’

Singing I’m No A Billy He’s a Tim
Des Dillon
Luath Press £7.99 PB 978-1-908373-05-2
What happens when you lock up a Celtic fan and Rangers fan together on the day of an Old Firm match?

The Wicker Tree
Robin Hardy
Luath Press £7.99 PB 978-1-906817-61-9
From the director of The Wicker Man comes the dark, captivating story of an American couple arriving in Scotland, unprepared for the horrors that await them. The UK film premiere is scheduled for 27 August.

The Dear Green Place and Für Sadie
Archie Hind
Polygon eBook
Now available as an eBook, Archie Hines novel is truly a modern classic. Mat Craig is a young working-class hero and would-be novelist, whose desire to define himself as an artist creates social and family tensions in 1960s Glasgow. Also available as an £8.99 paperback.

This Road is Red
Alison Irvine
Luath Press £7.99 PB 978-1-906817-81-7
A powerful novel based on the real life stories of some of the former residents of Red Road flats in Glasgow– once the tallest and largest high rise estate in Europe. The residents’ lives are all unique but all connected, in quirky, funny and gritty ways.

Da Happie Land
Robert Alan Jamieson
Luath Press £8.99 PB 978-1-906817-86-2
An experimental novel on a grand scale, beautifully carried through. A Perth minister takes in a traumatised stranger calling himself the ‘son and heir to being lost’, who then disappears and leaves a bundle of papers behind.

Adam Blair
J. G. Lockhart
Saltire Society £7.99 PB HB/PB/eBook 978 0 85411 096 4
When Adam Blair was published in 1822 its portrayal of a Church of Scotland Minister’s fall from grace caused a sensation in a society where absolute moral standards were completely at odds with overt expressions of physical desire. A fascinating study of a tormented soul at the end of the 18th century

An Old Pub Near the Angel
James Kelman
Polygon eBook
New eBook edition. Set among the tenements and bedsits of Glasgow, James Kelman’s debut collection of short stories shone a fiery light into everyday life and revealed him as the master of the form. Also available in paperback as part of an extensive backlist published by Polygon.

The Busconductor Hines
James Kelman
Polygon eBook
New eBook edition. James Kelman provides a brilliantly executed, uncompromising slice of Glasgow life in the form of a bored busconductor cursed with an eccentric, anarchic imagination. Intelligent, funny and humane. Also available in paperback as part of an extensive backlist published by Polygon.

Agnes Owens: The Complete Novellas
Agnes Owens
Polygon eBook
Now available as an eBook, this complete collection of Agnes Owens’ novellas is darkly deadly, dangerously spiked with humour and pathos throughout. Agnes Owens: The Complete Short Stories is also available now as an eBook.

Bertie Plays the Blues (A 44 Scotland Street Novel)
Alexander McCall Smith
Polygon £16.99 HB 978 1 84697 188 4
The story of Bertie, his dysfunctional family and all the residents of 44 Scotland Street continues, in this the seventh book in the series. Domestic bliss, it seems, is in short supply even in Edinburgh! Out in August.

Stealing Fire
Craig Sterling
Leamington Books £7.99 PB 9780955488597
Someone has stolen the world’s most advanced missile, and only one man can stop them – but he’s too busy smoking, drinking and eating pizza. Meet Andy Harris and his drunken boss, Bob Stone, who get mixed up in a nightmare that could mean death for millions.

The One O’ Clock Gun Anthology
Leamington Books £10 PB 9780955488559
Celebrating Edinburgh’s One O’Clock Gun Periodical and featuring RA Jamieson, Alasdair Gray, Kevin Williamson, Lucy McKenzie, Rodge Glass and many others. ‘This book is testament to Robert Alan Jamieson’s claim that “the mob is out there. And still kicking”’, Gutter.

The Blockade Runners
Jules Verne
Luath Press £6.99 PB 978-1-905222-20-9
From Scotland to the American Civil War, a daring blockade and a courageous rescue, all in an excellent new translation which does justice to Verne’s original.


Scunnered: Slices of Scottish Life in Seventeen Gallus Syllables
Des Dillon
Luath Press £7.99 PB 978-1-908373-01-4
From award-winning author and playwright Des Dillon comes a book of Haiku. A collection of philosophical and humorous observations on about love, nature, science, Scotland and more.

A Clamjamfray of Poets
Stanley Roger Green
Saltire Society £9.99 HB/PB/eBook 978 0 85411 098 8
Stanley Roger Green was a member of the circle of poets and writers surrounding Hugh MacDiarmid in the howfs and halls of post war Edinburgh. Sydney Goodsir Smith, Norman MacCaig, Tom Scott, George Mackay Brown and Robert Garioch were among them and the author here recounts many amusing and informative incidents from this modern hotbed of genius.

A Choosing – The Selected Poems of Liz Lochhead
Liz Lochhead
Polygon PB £9.99 978 1 84697 207 2
This stunning new collection of selected works from Scotland’s Maker is guaranteed to delight and inspire. Also available, The Colour of Black & White, Dreaming Frankenstein, Collected Poems 1967 – 1984 (also available as eBooks) and True Confessions and New Clichés. Published in September 2011.

An Cuilithionn 1939/The Cuillin 1939 & Unpublished Poems
Sorley MacLean, edited by Christopher Whyte
ASLS £12.50 pp336 PB 9781906841034
This major new edition of MacLean’s epic work includes 400 lines never before published, along with MacLean’s own English translation, and an extended commentary. 45 other previously unpublished poems by MacLean also appear here for the first time, with facing English translations.

Caoir Gheal Leumraich/A White Leaping Flame – Collected Poems
Sorley Maclean, edited by Christopher Whyte and Emma Dymock
Polygon £25.00 HB 978 1 84697 190 7
All the poetry of Sorley Maclean, the most significant 20th century Gaelic poet, is gathered together in one volume for the first time. Over 150 poems, some never published before, are given in Gaelic alongside their English translation. Introduced by a biographical essay on his life, influences and impact. Published in October 2011.

Blind Ossian’s Fingal
Collected and Translated by James Macpherson. Edited by Allan Burnett & Linda Andersson-Burnett
Luath Press £15.00 HB 978-1-906817-55-8
James Macpherson claimed to have discovered a great work of Scottish literature in the Highlands, Ossian’s poems. But debate raged about how much the poems were genuinely historical, and how much was Macpherson’s creative input.

Collected Poems
William McGonagall
Birlinn eBook 978 184158 477 5
Now available as an eBook, William McGonagall’s poetry is Scotland’s alternative to Robert Burns, and as every bit engaging in this comprehensive collection. Also available as a £9.99 paperback.

Thi 20:09
Mark Thomson
Luath Press £7.99 PB 978-1-906817-75-6
Written in colloquial Scots, Mark Thomson’s new poetry collection finds Scotland’s most iconic figures, from Mary Queen of Scots to Sean Connery, together on a night bus, travelling through present-day Glasgow.

A Map for the Blind: Poems Chiefly in the Scots Language
Rab Wilson
Luath Press £8.99 PB 978-1-906817-82-4
In the tradition of Robert Burns, poet Rab Wilson writes a new and inspiring collection of modern Scots poetry. This sharp and humorous collection speaks of everyday Scottish life, friends, politics, the future and history.


Inspirations – a new series of introductory biographies of people of
achievement from past and present.

Bob Dylan
Colin Waters
Argyll Publishing £5.99 PB 9781906134518

Nelson Mandela
Marian Pallister
Argyll Publishing £5.99 PB 9781906134525

Robert Burns
Bronwen Hosie
Argyll Publishing £5.99 PB 9781906134532

The Williams Sisters
Hugh MacDonald
Argyll Publishing £5.99 PB 9781906134549

Charles Dickens
Alan Taylor
Argyll Publishing £5.99 PB 97819906134679
Out in June.

Muhammad Ali
Hugh MacDonald
Argyll Publishing £5.99 PB 97819096134662
Out in June.

JK Rowling
Lindsey Fraser
Argyll Publishing £5.99 PB 9781906134693
Out in June.

John Lennon
Chris Dolan
Argyll Publishing £5.99 PB 97819906134686
Out in June.

A Traveller in Two Worlds – Volume One: The Early Life of Scotland’s Wandering Bard
David Campbell
Luath Press £14.99 HB 978-1906817-88-6
The enigmatic biography of Scottish storyteller Duncan Williamson. The narrative chronicles Williamson’s life from a wee ‘tinker’ boy to the celebrated author.

Labour of Love – The Story of Robert Smillie
Torquil Cowan
Neil Wilson Publishing £14.99 HB 978-1-906476-61-8
The first biography of Robert Smillie (1857-1940), the Labour and Trade Union activist who changed the social fabric of Great Britain through his work as President of the Miners’ Federation and in setting up the Save the Children Fund, the National Council for Civil Liberties, and the Industrial Triple Alliance. An eBook is also available for £9.99 (978-1-906476-62-5). Published in September.

An Experiment in Compassion
Des Dillon
Luath Press £8.99 PB 978-1-906817-73-2
One of Scotland’s most relevant modern writers, Des Dillon, confronts alcohol addiction in this uplifting story exploring love, family, and the true meaning of compassion.

The Glamour Chase – The Maverick Life of Billy MacKenzie
Tom Doyle
Polygon £12.99 PB 978 1 84697 209 6
The Glamour Chase is the colourful – and frequently hilarious – life story of Billy Mackenzie, hugely talented and exotic front man of The Associates and a singer who tried to take on the music industry on his own whirlwind and free-spirited terms. His life and career would end tragically early, at his own hands. Also available as an eBook. Out in September 2011.

The Last Laird of Coll
Mairi Hedderwick
Birlinn £6.99 PB 978 1 78027 019 7
Kenneth Stewart is the last of the old Lairds of Coll, one of the loveliest of all the Hebridean islands. In this book Mairi Hedderwick – who first came to Coll at the age of seventeen, and has lived and worked there most of her life – explores the laird’s lifelong connection with the island and its people. Out in September.

The Silent Weaver – The Extraordinary Life and Work of Angus MacPhee
Roger Hutchinson
Birlinn £9.99 PB 978 1 84158 971 8
Scarred by his experiences in WW2, Angus MacPhee was institutionalised for 50 years. During that time he endlessly created works of art from many materials, only to destroy them. A rich, moving and enthralling exploration of mental health and the creative process from the author of Calum’s Road. Published September 2011. Also available as an eBook.

The Soap Man – Lewis, Harris and Lord Leverhulme
Roger Hutchinson
Birlinn eBook
Roger Hutchinson brings to light a little known civil war between crofter and laird, lower and upper class, when Lord Leverhulme bought – lock, stock and barrel – the largest Hebridean island of Lewis in 1918. From the author of Calum’s Road. Also available as an £8.99 paperback.

James Colquhoun Irvine, St Andrews’ Second Founder: A Life
Julia Melvin
John Donald £30.00 HB 978 190656 631 9
A devoted servant of St Andrews University for over fifty years, this fully researched biography by his granddaughter recounts the life of James Colquhoun Irvine, KBE, FRS, DSc in fascinating detail. Out in September 2011.

The Man Who Gave Away His Island – A Life of John Lorne Campbell of Canna
Ray Perman
Birlinn £12.99 PB (& eBook) 978 1 84158 929 9
This is the inspirational story of John Lorne Campbell, a remarkable man who wanted to preserve the traditional Gaelic culture of the island of Canna, finally giving it to the National Trust for Scotland.

Salmond – Against the Odds
David Torrance
Birlinn £12.99 PB 978 1 78027 066 1
The only book available on Scotland’s First Minister. This enthralling biography, new in paperback, also provides a thorough and perceptive insight on the changing face of Scottish politics. Also available as an eBook. Published in October 2011.


Be Silent or Be Killed: A Scottish banker under siege in Mumbai’s terrorist attacks
Roger Hunt
Luath Press £7.99 PB 978-1-906817-76-3
Trapped inside the flame-swept Oberoi Hotel, Roger Hunt’s life is turned upside down as he becomes a pawn of international terrorism.


The Flight of the Turtle: New Writing Scotland 29
Edited by Alan Bissett & Carl MacDougall
ASLS £7.95 pp256 PB 9781906841065
New Writing Scotland is the principal forum for poetry and short fiction in Scotland today. Every year it publishes the very best from both emerging and established writers. The Flight of the Turtle is the latest collection of excellent contemporary writing, drawn from across Scotland.


Renewing Old Edinburgh – the Enduring Legacy of Patrick Geddes
Jim Johnson & Lou Rosenburg
Argyll Publishing £14.99 PB 9781906134495
Original research into the structure of Edinburgh’s Old Town. The same issues in Patrick Geddes’ era still resonate today in the field of modern development.

To Have and To Hold: Future of a Contested Landscape
Edited by Gerrie Van Noord
Luath Press £15.00 PB 978-1-908373-10-6
In an innovative 21st century conservation project by NVA at the Venice Biennale, great minds of many different disciplines explore the fate of Scotland’s iconic modernist building St Peter’s Seminary.


Return to One Man’s Island – Paintings and Sketches from the Isle of May
Keith Brockie
Birlinn £25.00 HB 978 1 84158 974 9
Return to One Man’s Island will be the publishing event of the year for those who loved Brockie’s original Isle of May book, as well as a whole new generation of readers and lovers of wildlife painting.

Never Mind the Captions: An Offbeat Guide to Scotland’s History and Heritage
Alistair Findlay
Luath Press £7.99 PB 978-1-906817-89-3
Scotland’s iconic works of art are given their own voices in this unique, amusing and thought provoking book.

Shetland Rambles – A Sketching Tour Retracing the Footsteps of Victorian Artist John T. Reid
Mairi Hedderwick
Birlinn £20.00 HB 978 184158 998 5
Shetland Rambles is a beautiful, poignant and entertaining journey through the islands by one of Scotland’s best loved authors and illustrators and packed with incidental detail and charm. Published in October 2011.


1314 And All That
Scoular Anderson
Birlinn eBook
Now available as an eBook, Scoular Anderson’s inimitable drawings and lively text make you wonder how history could ever be considered boring. Also available by Scoular Anderson – 1745 And All that. Both titles available as eBooks and as £4.99 paperbacks.

Bonnie Prince Charlie And All That
Allan Burnett
Birlinn eBook
Now available as eBooks, the And All That series by Allan Burnett is Scottish history at its most wickedly entertaining. These books are stuffed with superb illustrations by Scoular Anderson. Books in the series include: Robert The Bruce And All That, William Wallace And All That, Mary Queen of Scots And All That. All titles also available as £2.99 paperbacks.

Scottish Tales of Adventure – World War II
Allan Burnett
Birlinn £4.99 PB (& eBook) ISBN: 978 1 84158 933 6
Acclaimed children’s author Allan Burnett turns his attention to the Second World War in a book of explosively exciting and emotionally charged tales of bravery and adventure.

More Granny Porage Stories
Jean Marshall
Argyll Publishing £5.99 PB 9781906134341
Three more cleverly illustrated stories for the under-eights.

Send for Granny Porage
Jean Marshall
Argyll Publishing £5.99 PB 9781906134556
The latest picture book in the Granny Porage series for the young.

The Boy Who Wouldn’t Swim
Kenneth Steven
Argyll Publishing £5.99 PB 97819906134730
Another adventure story from this successful and thoughtful author. For 2 to 8-year-olds.

Murdo’s War
Alan Temperley
Luath Press £7.99 PB 978-1-906817-34-3
February 1943. The world is at war. In the remote Highlands of Scotland, 14-year-old Murdo Mackay begins a dangerous adventure that will shape history.


Saturday’s Child
Ray Banks
Polygon eBook
It’s criminal up north . . . Cal Innes is fresh out of Strangeways, playing PI and running from a past muddied with ties to local gang lord ‘Uncle’ Morris Tiernan. Also by the same author: Beast of Burden, Donkey Punch and No More Heroes. Available as both eBooks and in paperback.

Testament of a Witch
Douglas Watt
Luath Press £8.99 PB 978-1-906817-79-4
Set in the 17th century, John MacKenzie investigates the murder of a woman accused of witchcraft and he must act quickly when the same accusations are made against the woman’s daughter.

Current Affairs

The Scots Crisis of Confidence
Carol Craig
Argyll Publishing, £9.99 PB 9781906134709
A new edition of Carol Craig’s successful exposition of Scots’ attitudes to and predilection for negativity. She offers a refreshingly different analysis of the big themes of Scottish culture. Rewritten in parts and brought up to date.

The Trial of Helen Percy
Helen Percy
Argyll Publishing £9.99 PB 9781906134747
In 1995 Helen Percy, a young Church of Scotland minister in an outwardly idyllic rural parish was raped by one of her congregation. This book is her revealing, remarkable and candid story – a beautifully and powerfully written testament to the strength of the human spirit and a burning indictment of conservative forces in Scotland’s national Church and among popularly held attitudes. Out in August.

Food & Drink

The Sprouters Handbook
Edward Cairney
Argyll Publishing £4.99 PB 9781906134754
New editions of bestselling and on formative guide to sprouting seeds. David Bellamy: ‘A must for every kitchen and a bonus for all who crave a healthy diet.’

The Whisky River
Robin Laing
Luath Press Ltd
New, updated edition of Laing’s excellent travelling history of Speyside whisky, with a dram or two and a few songs along the way.

Gaelic & Scots

A Gaelic Alphabet – a Guide to the Pronunciation of Gaelic Letters and
George McLennan
Argyll Publishing £4.99 PB 9781906134334
Like its companion volume Scots Gaelic,¬ an introduction to the basics, this handy book is of great help to learners and speakers.

Scots Gaelic – an Introduction to the Basics
George McLennan
Argyll Publishing £4.99 PB 9781902831886
A new reprint of the successful Gaelic primer.

Slogans Galore – Gaelic Words in English
George McLennan
Argyll Publishing £4.99 PB 9781906134488
A reference guide to Gaelic-derived words in common use.

Scotspeak: A Guide to the Pronunciation of Modern, Urban Scots
Christine Robinson and Carol Ann Crawford
Luath Press £12.99 PB 978-1-906307-30-1
An articulatory reference guide for actors and anyone fascinated by the modern Scots language, focusing on the dialects and accents of Aberdeen, Glasgow, Dundee and Edinburgh. The book pays attention to the pronunciation and sounds of modern urban Scots, and includes downloadable recordings of native speakers.

Luath Scots Language Learner
L Colin Wilson
Luath Press £16.99 PB 978-1-906307-43-1
The Scots Language Learner is a comprehensive and fascinating guide to the Scots language and also provides valuable insight into Scottish culture.


The Makers of Scotland – Picts, Romans, Gaels and Vikings
Tim Clarkson
Birlinn £14.99 PB 978 1 90656 629 6
The remarkable story of how the ambitions of powerful warlords turned ancient North Britain into the medieval kingdom of Scotland. Out in August 2011.

A History of Everyday Life in Medieval Scotland
Edited by Edward J. Cowan and Lizanne Henderson
EUP £24.99 PB 978 0 7486 2157 6
This book examines the ordinary, routine, daily behaviour, experiences and beliefs of people in Scotland from the earliest times to 1600. It’s publication completes the four volume series ‘A History of Everyday Life in Scotland’. Available now.

Scottish Medicine – An Illustrated History
Helen Dingwall, David Hamilton, Iain MacIntyre, Morrice McCrae and David Wright
Birlinn £30.00 HB 978 1 78027 018 0
The first fully illustrated history of Scottish medicine since 1932 tells the dramatic story of how medicine in Scotland developed from its origins in prehistory. Published in October 2011.

Scotland Mapping the Nation
Edited by Christopher Fleet, Charles W.J. Withers and Margaret Wilkes
Birlinn £30.00 HB 978 1 84158 969 5
A history of Scotland told from the innovative perspective of maps and map-making, beautifully illustrated throughout with full-colour plates. Published in September 2011.

Edinburgh and the 45
John S Gibson
Saltire Society £6.99 HB/PB/eBook 978 085411 067 4
Early one September morning in 1745, Edinburgh’s city gates were stormed by Charles Edward Stewart’s Highland army. For the next six weeks the City lay under Jacobite occupation, the Prince holding court at Holyrood Palace. Here is the story of that interlude, told by those who were there.

Scotland the Brief ¬ a short history of a nation
Christopher Harvie
Argyll Publishing £5.99 PB 9781906134617
A beginner’s guide from prehistory to the new Scottish Parliament.

Empire of Sand – How Britain Made the Middle East
Walter Reid
Birlinn £25.00 HB 978 1 84341 053 9
A timely and detailed exploration of Britain’s role in the creation of the modern Middle East and the rise of Zionism, from the early years of the twentieth century to 1948, when Britain handed over Palestine to UN control. Published in September 2011. Also available as an eBook.

Edinburgh’s Colonies – Housing the Workers
Richard Rodger
Argyll Publishing £11.99 PB 9781906134785
A well-illustrated narrative of the distinctive and charming ‘Colonies’ housing of Edinburgh. Of interest to Edinburgh citizens but also to students of social and housing history.

A Time of Tyrants – Scotland and the Second World War
Trevor Royle
Birlinn £25.00 HB 978 1 84341 055 3
A stunning exploration of Scotland’s place during the Second World War and the role she played both as a strategic outlay but also as a humanitarian haven. From Trevor Royle, the author of Flowers of the Forest: Scotland and the First World War, now available in paperback and as an eBook. Published in October 2011.

Exploring Environmental History – Selected Essays
T. C. Smout
EUP £19.99 PB 978 0 7486 4561 9
Now available in paperback, this volume brings together the best of T. C. Smout’s recent articles and contributions to books and journals on the topic of environmental history. Published August 2011.

The BBC in Scotland: The First 50 Years
David Pat Walker
Luath Press £20 HB 978-1-908373-00-7
Former BBC Scotland Assistant Controller David Pat Walker delves into the history of Scottish broadcasting and Scotland itself, through the eyes, lens and microphone of the BBC.

Scottish Family Legends
Various Authors
Luath Press £7.99 PB 978-1-906817-93-0
A charming and touching collection of true stories by ordinary people about those colourful family members who have become real-life legends.


Glenlee – The Life and Times of a Clyde Built Cape Horner
Colin Castle & Ian MacDonald
Brown, Son & Ferguson £20.00 HB 978-0851745091
In the ten year period beginning in 1882, 271 barques and full-riggers were built on the Clyde during which time the yards of Russell, Stephen, Connell, Lithgow and Rodger established a world-wide reputation for the construction of large sailing ships of outstanding design, quality and durability. 71e three-masted barque Glenlee was one such vessel. This is her story.

Bill Cumming
Brown, Son & Ferguson £55.00 HB 978-1849270137
Based on real people and events this is a gripping factual account of the background events and repercussions of the milestone launch of the world’s first 4-masted iron merchant ship in 1875. The phenomenal success of this large square rigged sailing-ship, named County of Peebles, prompted R & J Craig of Glasgow to launch a further eleven fabulous jute clippers.

Half of Glasgow’s Gone
Michael Dick
Brown, Son & Ferguson £9.95
Glasgow, until recently, was a major European port and this publication describes its heyday, decline, neglect and subsequent redevelopment. Glasgow’s Harbour’s significant contribution to the 1939-45 war effort is also covered in some detail. The book records an important part of Glasgow’s heritage and a similar pattern of change, redevelopment and regeneration can be seen in other British ports whose roots lay in the 19th century.

The Last of the Windjammers (Vol 1)
Basil Lubbock
Brown, Son & Ferguson £30.00 HB 978-0851741130
The book was planned to take in every sailing ship of any note from the year of the opening of the Suez Canal to the present day, but in practice vessels of a very much earlier date have often been included, especially when sketching the early history of shipping firms.

Last Dawn – the Royal Oak tragedy at Scapa Flow
David Turner
Argyll Publishing £7.99 PB 9781906134761
A new (3rd) edition of the WWII story of the Royal Oak. Already the subject of a TV documentary, Last Dawn in now a text for the study of WW2 in schools.


Prelude to Everest: Alexander Kellas, Himalayan Mountaineer
Ian R Mitchell and George Rodway
Luath Press £20 HB 978-1-906817-74-9
A fascinating account of one of the great innovators of Himalayan climbing, Aberdeen-born Alexander Kellas.


Fuzz to Folk: Trax of My Life
Ian Green
Luath Press £14.99 PB 978-1906817-69-5
Ian Green, former policeman and founder of Greentrax, chronicles his rise to the top of the Scottish folk music scene, including details of his involvement in the careers of Brian McNeill, Dick Gaughan, the McCalmans, Eric Bogle and many others.

Natural History

The Clydesdale – Workhorse of the World
Mary Bromilow
Argyll Publishing £20 HB 9781906134655
A lovingly compiled story of this unsung Scottish export, the magnificent Clydesdale horse. Lovely photos, beautiful book.

The Great Wood – The Ancient Forest of Caledon
Jim Crumley
Birlinn £9.99 PB 978 1 84158 973 2
In this passionate and poetic appreciation of the Great Wood of Caledon, Jim Crumley thoughtfully explores the past myths, present remnants and future prospects of the historic native forest of Highland Scotland. Published September 2011. Also available as an eBook. From the author of The Last Wolf.

A Lone Furrow – The Continued Fight Against Wildlife Crime
Alan Stewart
Argyll Publishing £9.99 PB 9781906134792
Britain’s foremost investigator of wildlife crime returns to the many crime scenes that still cover the countryside. First hand accounts of fascinating police investigations. Scottish Field: ‘Britain’s foremost wildlife detective.’


The Importance of Being Awkward – The Autobiography of Tam Dalyell
Tam Dalyell
Birlinn £20.00 HB (& eBook) 978 1 84158 993 0
Insightful, witty and urbane, this is a fascinating book which offers a unique perspective on many of the key moments in Britain’s politics and the role of Tam Dalyell in them over the last fifty years.

Radical Scotland: Arguments for Self-Determination
Edited by Gerry Hassan and Rosie Ilett
Luath Press £12.99 PB 978-1-906817-94-7
This book seeks to open up possibilities for real development in Scotland’s future. With contributions from Pat Kane, Will Hutton and others, this book is not just a critique — it offers an alternative: namely how Scotland shifts from self-government to self-determination.

A Nation Again: Why Independence will be good for Scotland (and England too)
Paul Henderson Scott
Luath Press £7.99 PB 978-1-906817-67-1
With contributions from authors such as Neil Kay and Tom Nairn, this collection of essays forcefully sets out the case for Scottish Independence. Each author tackles the subject in a different way – personal, political, historical or academic – but the key
denominator is clear: Independence Must Come.

The Poor Had No Lawyers – Who Owns Scotland and How They Got It
Andy Wightman
Birlinn £9.99 PB (& eBook)
ISBN: 978 1 84158 960 2
Andy Wightman updates the statistics of landownership in Scotland and takes the reader on a voyage of discovery into Scotland’s history to find out how and why landowners got their hands on the millions of acres of land that were once held in common.

Trident and International Law: Scotland’s Obligations
Edited by Angie Zelter
Luath Press £12.99 PB 978-1-906817-24-4
Raising key points as to why possessing nuclear weapons is no longer justifiable, Trident and International Law brings to light new information, particularly some harrowing facts surrounding child deformities in the Bikini Islands where nuclear tests have been carried out.

Scottish Interest

A Window in Thrums
J. M. Barrie
Saltire Society £6.99 HB/PB/eBook 978 085411 084 1
The second in Barrie’s series of portraits of rural life. There has been a revival of interest in the work of Barrie whose modern reputation has rested largely on his plays and especially in the persistent popularity of Peter Pan.

George Buchanan’s Law of Kingship
Translated & Edited by Roger A Mason & Martin S Smith
Saltire Society £8.99 HB/PB/eBook 978 0 85411 099 5
The constitutional theories of George Buchanan, Scotland’s greatest Renaissance poet, remain fresh and necessary five centuries after his birth. Written during the turbulent times surrounding the overthrow of Mary Queen of Scots, and twice banned by the State, Law of Kingship is at core a mediation on humanity’s longest-standing constitutional conundrum: who rules the rulers?

Why Scots Matters
Derrick McClure
Saltire Society £8.99 HB/PB/eBook 978 085411 103 9
Derrick McClure’s 1988 analysis which has been revised and updated explains the origins of the language, discusses the importance of Scots in literature and makes the case for its protection and development in our own day.

300 Hundred Years Ago Today
Paul Riddell
Saltire Society £8.99 HB/PB/eBook 978 085411 104 6
Based on the acclaimed series of articles published in The Scotsman by Paul Riddell. As well as day by day reports on the actions inside and outside the Scottish Parliament, the book includes biographical details of the major participants and key commentators and illustrated by a number of Graham High cartoons.

Why Scottish Literature Matters
Carla Sassi
Saltire Society £9.99 HB/PB/eBook 978 0 85411 082 7
An examination of Scotland’s literature from the earliest times to the late 20th century and offers new and fascinating insights into the nature of nationhood and identity, and the way in which these are reflected in literary output at various periods.

The Age of Liberation
Paul Henderson Scott
Saltire Society £9.99 HB/PB/eBook 978 0 85411 101 5
A collection of essays, reviews, speeches and articles on Scotland and Scottish cultural life. It covers the recent period when the nation made rapid steps towards reclaiming control over its political, social and cultural affairs while at the same time marking the 300th anniversary of the Union of 1707.

Scotland Resurgent
Paul Henderson Scott
Saltire Society £9.99 HB/PB/eBook 978 085411 083 4
A collection of essays, articles, letters, speeches and reviews covering the last two decades when the political and cultural resurgence of Scotland was at its height.

The Saltoun Papers
Edited by Paul Henderson Scott
Saltire Society £9.99 HB/PB/eBook 978 085411 081 0
15 talks in commemoration of Andrew Fletcher, including those by historians Gordon Donaldson, Geoffrey Barrow, Bruce Lenman and Murray Pittock, politicians Neil MacCormick and John Home Robertson, philosopher Alexander Broadie, writers Arnold Kemp, Billy Kay and Sheila Douglas, and the businessman Sir Iain Noble.

Spirits of the Age
Edited by Paul Henderson Scott
Saltire Society £11.99 HB/PB/eBook ISBN: 978 0 85411 087 2
This book brings together many who have helped to build this better nation through literature, painting, sculpture, music, ideas and science. The contributors give an account of their experiences, influences and objectives giving us a clearer sense of their personalities than any subsequent biographer is likely to achieve.

Jules Verne’s Scotland: In Fact and Fiction
Ian Thompson
Luath Press £16.99 HB 978-1-906817-37-4
Jules Verne was highly influenced by his visits to Scotland. This book recreates the magic and mystery of Scotland and why Verne remained fascinated with our country.

Great Scottish Speeches
David Torrance
Luath Press £16.99 HB 978-1-906817-97-8
Great Scottish Speeches charts Scotland’s history through its greatest oratory moments, including contributions from Jimmy Reid, Donald Dewar and many more.


We are Hibernian
Andy MacVannan
Luath Press £14.99 HB 978-1-906817-99-2
A collection of real supporters, including Irvine Welsh and Dougray Scott, talking about their real life experiences all with one thing in common— the team they love!

Hands on Hearts: A Physio’s Tale
Alan Rae and Paul Kiddie
Luath Press £14.99 HB 978-1-908373-02-1
As the team’s longest serving employee, physiotherapist Alan Rae spent over 20 years tending to the injuries of the players at Heart of Midlothian. He has put his experiences during those years on paper, revealing never told before stories.

The World History of the Highland Games
David Webster
Luath Press £25 PB 978-1-906307-48-6
The largest and most comprehensive publication on the history and development of Scottish Highland Games, tracing their ancient roots right up to the current day, including numerous colour photographs.

Hibernian: From Joe Baker to Turnbull’s Tornadoes 1961 to 1980
Tom Wright
Luath Press £20 HB 978-1-908373-09-0
Official curator of The Hibernian Historical Trust, Tom Wright takes an honest look at Hibernian F.C. He narrates the highs and lows of one of Scotland’s best loved teams, hoping one day they’ll be resurrected to their former glory.


Laurel and Hardy
Tom McGrath
Fairplay £8.99 PB 978-0-9551246-0-0
Scenes from the lives of comedians Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. ‘What elevates McGrath’s fluid dreamlike play from being just a chucklesome wallow in nostalgia is the sense that this powerhouse is about to crumble. Behind the laughter lies a tremendous sadness that speaks for the passing of this act and for all sublime art.’ Mark Fisher, The Guardian.

The Hard Man
Tom McGrath and Jimmy Boyle
Fairplay £8.99 PB 978-1-906220-41-9
From the Introduction to the new edition by Phillip Breen: ‘As McGrath worked on his new play, he began a correspondence with Jimmy Boyle, an inmate at Barlinne, serving a life sentence for murder. The fascinating correspondence between the two formed the basis of the extraordinary and influential play-cum-bloody cabaret The Hard Man.’ TLE

The Journey of Jeannie Deans
Judy Steel
Fairplay £8.99 PB
ISBN 978-1-906220-39-6
Based on scenes from Heart of Midlothian by Sir Walter Scott. From the Author’s Introduction: ‘Scott, that master-storyteller, gives us a tale whose themes are contemporary: that includes teenage pregnancy, child abduction, the pressurising of a witness to commit perjury, and unsafe convictions.”

Willie Wastle
Judy Steel
Fairplay £8.99 PB 978-1-906220-40-2
From the Author’s Introduction: ‘My researches led me to ‘Willie Wastle’s Account of His Wife’, which sprang from its dusty pages with a vivacity that belied its age. It was a riposte to Robert Burns’ ‘Willie Wastle dwalt on Tweed’, where the unfortunate wife of Willie is described in unflattering terms. Wilson’s story was Willie’s defence of her.’


The Silent Traveller in Edinburgh
Chiang Yee
Birlinn eBook
Exiled from China in 1933, Chiang Yee produced some of the most evocative travel books ever written. He was “dazzled” by the Scottish capital and paints an unforgettable picture of Edinburgh in the 1940s. Also available as a £9.99 paperback.

Cycling around Scotland
Nick Fairweather
Argyll Publishing £9.99 PB 9781906134570
Light-hearted and informative travel writing at its best. All on a bike, on his own.

The East Highland Way
Kevin Langan
Luath Press £9.99 PB 978-1-906817-91-6
Fort William to Aviemore: 78 miles (125km) of Scotland’s unspoilt Highland wilderness described in the first and only guide to the East Highland Way, including stunning photography and detailed maps.

The Tree that Bleeds: A Uighur town on the edge
Nick Holdstock
Luath Press £12.99 PB 978-1-906817-64-0
Whilst living in a riot torn region of China, Holdstock discovered the horrors of the Urumqi massacre.

Walter’s Wiggles
Walter Stephen
Luath Press £12.99 PB 978-1906817-68-8
A series of quests taking the reader to locations near and far, obscure and tourist-trodden, at the author’s whim, to give his impressions of art, music, literature, wildlife, science, history and sport.

Pilgrims in the Rough: An Unreliable History of St Andrews
Michael Tobert
Luath Press £7.99 PB 978-1-906817-96-1
A humorous history of St Andrews.

Festival Classifieds

Book Fringe
11-25 August 2011
Held in and around, Word Power Books – a leading independent bookshop in Edinburgh since 1994.

Edinburgh International Book Festival
13-29 August 2011
The largest public celebration of books in the world. Every August Edinburgh International Book Festival brings writers and thinkers from across the planet together to rub shoulders with you, the audience.

Inverness Book Festival,
10–14 August 2011
Expect the usual mix at the 8th Inverness Book festival of local authors, Scottish and UK writers and surprise guests. Add to that, even more stuff for kids, including the brilliant Bookbug Rhymetimes and daily activities run by our Arts Ed gang and you’ve got a recipe for happy, contented readers, big or small.

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