An outsider’s look at Scotland’s capital

Chiang Yee offers an insightful and refreshing view on the capital in The Silent Traveller in Edinburgh.

Refusing to let the unpredictable Scottish weather hinder his expeditions, Chiang Yee always finds beauty in the dreariest of rainstorms.

He employs the technique of defamiliarisation, opening his readers’ eyes to alternative perspectives of the city through astute attention to detail.

In his observations of Edinburgh and its people the author also shows there are many similarities between the east and west, alluding to ways in which the Chinese share aspects of Scottish culture and personality.

For those readers who live in Edinburgh or have ever visited, they will come away with an even deeper sense of gratitude for knowing this remarkable city.

For those who have not yet had the pleasure, they will undoubtedly make it their next mission; such is the deep appreciation for the history and beauty of Scotland’s capital city demonstrated in this book.

The Silent Traveller in Edinburgh, by Chiang Yee, published by Polygon/Birlinn, £9.99.

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