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Book review: A Sea Monster’s Tale

Book review: A Sea Monster’s Tale

Colin Speedie’s new book A Sea Monster’s Tale: In Search of the Basking Shark takes us from swashbuckling hunts of giant sharks by reckless individuals with makeshift harpoons, through an age of mass slaughter, to the author’s personal shark-tracking adventures. At up to eleven metres in length and seven tonnes in weight, this plankton-feeding fishContinue Reading

Book review: An Enormous Reckless Blunder

Book review: An Enormous Reckless Blunder

An Enormous Reckless Blunder tells the little-known story of the Lewis Chemical Works. In 1844, James Matheson purchased the Isle of Lewis with the fortune had had made from trading in the far east. He hoped to exploit peat deposits, which led to him creating the Lewis Chemical oOrks, to produce lighting oil and paraffinContinue Reading

Book review: Giants of the Clyde

Book review: Giants of the Clyde

The River Clyde in Glasgow was known internationally and recognised as the ultimate shipbuilding accolade. By as late as the 1950s around a seventh of the world’s total sea-going tonnage was built on the Clyde. It’s certainly no Mississippi or Amazon in size – but its history is legendary. From the many yards on itsContinue Reading

Book Review: Highland Retreats

Book Review: Highland Retreats

The north of Scotland is famous for its large country homes – so many great buildings, hidden away in quiet corners, surrounded by acres of rolling woodland. Mary Miers has brought together a collection of stunning images and informative text which tells the story of how, in the days long before inter-continental travel became anContinue Reading

Book review: The Haldanes of Gleneagles

Book review: The Haldanes of Gleneagles

In an age when celebrity names come and go in the blinking of an eyelid, there’s a Scottish family that has endured for over 900 years. The Haldanes played their part in Bruce’s Wars of Independence, religious struggles in the 16th and 17th centuries, the Act of Union and the Jacobite rebellion – showing justContinue Reading