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Book review: A Shetland Childhood

Book review: A Shetland Childhood

Growing up in the 1950s seems a long time ago – and growing up in 1950s Shetland was another world entirely. Catherine Emslie presents a fascinating insight to life away from mainland Scotland, from going to school, doing the errands and hunting for treasure, capture a snapshot of life on an island, all brought togetherContinue Reading

Book review – Bloody Scotland, by 12 of Scotland’s best crime writers

Book review – Bloody Scotland, by 12 of Scotland’s best crime writers

Scotland is currently dripping with talented crime writers, and this novel brings together 12 of them under the one roof. The writing team includes Chris Brookmyre, Lin Anderson, Gordon Brown, Ann Cleeves, Doug Johnstone, Stuart MacBride, Val McDermid, Craig Robertson, Sara Sheridan, ES Thomson, Louise Welsh and Denise Mina. They have contributed 12 short stories,Continue Reading

Book review: Whiskies Galore – A Tour of Scotland’s Island Distilleries

Book review: Whiskies Galore – A Tour of Scotland’s Island Distilleries

With nearly 30 years of experience in and around the whisky industry, Ian Buxton is well-placed when it comes to going on a tour of Scotland’s island distilleries. From Arran to Orkney, he brings together his expert knowledge with entertaining travelogues, to make for a read that should appeal to more than just the connoisseurs ofContinue Reading

Book review: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and The Art of the Four by Roger Billcliffe

Book review: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and The Art of the Four by Roger Billcliffe

Wherever you go in the world, there’s absolutely no mistaking the work, style and influence of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Although Mackintosh is the name most remembered today, he was one of a quartet whose work is known today as the Glasgow Style, with Margaret Macdonald – Mackintosh’s future wife – alongside Herbert MacNair and FrancesContinue Reading

Book review – The Great Horizon: 50 Tales of Exploration

Book review – The Great Horizon: 50 Tales of Exploration

Show a cat an empty box and the chances are, they’ll jump into it. Show a human a mountain and it’s quite probably they’ll feel the urge to climb it. That’s what’s at the heart of Jo Woolf’s excellent The Great Horizon – the need for mankind to get out there and explore. Over theContinue Reading