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Book review – Making For Home: A Tale of the Scottish Borders

Book review – Making For Home: A Tale of the Scottish Borders

A former art historian, farmer and writer, Alan Tait has lived in the Moffat Water Valley for over 40 years. He describes his third book as a memoir, a meditation on the nature of buildings in the area and a history of the valley. Tait skillfully weaves together the history and tales of the landscapeContinue Reading

Book review: A Field Guide to Whisky

Book review: A Field Guide to Whisky

From the general to the specific, this book by Hans Offringa has the answers to all the questions you can possibly think of relating to the water of life. What are the basic ingredients in all whiskies? What is the difference between malt, scotch, bourbon and rye whiskies? What are the latest trends on theContinue Reading

Book review – Spirit of Place: Whisky Distilleries of Scotland

Book review – Spirit of Place: Whisky Distilleries of Scotland

Scotland’s whisky industry is a fascinating area, not just with the tipple itself, but also the surrounding industry. In Spirit of Place, Charles Maclean, the author of many notable works on whisky, explores the fifty greatest distilleries in Scotland. Not only does he tell a brief history of each distillery, it captures the spirit ofContinue Reading

Book review – Enlightenment Edinburgh: A Guide

Book review – Enlightenment Edinburgh: A Guide

Edinburgh was the intellectual hub of the western world in the 18th century, with treatises and lectures on science, medicine, law, architecture, philosophy and political economy being delivered in the city. At the heart of this was the New Town area, with the buildings of the period being celebrated in this guide, carefully detailed byContinue Reading

Book review: Alexander Henry – Rifle Maker, by Donald Dallas

Book review: Alexander Henry – Rifle Maker, by Donald Dallas

The fascinating story of an acclaimed Scots rifle maker is chronicled in a fascinating new biography. Released as a private publication for Donald Dallas, this book gives an in depth history of Edinburgh rifle maker Alexander Henry. Alexander Henry (1818–1894) was in business in Edinburgh for only a short period, 42 years, but in thatContinue Reading