A novel reflecting the troubles of a small town life

Out of university and out of luck, Ben Hamilton moves back in with his parents to stack shelves at the local supermarket. There he meets a group of friends and quickly finds himself dragged into secrecy, heavy drinking, and a violent feud. Trouble flares as the boys test the limits of their own behaviour, small-town…

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The last man to die for the Jacobite cause

Had Doctor Archibald Cameron had his way, there would probably have been no last Jacobite Rising in 1745. His life is one of nobility and high adventure featuring buried treasure, treachery and clan feuds. It is thrilling and tragic. This is wonderfully detailed social history of Dr Cameron, the last man to die for the…

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The intriguing stories of an Edinburgh landmark

Calton Hill: Journeys and Evocations is an interesting collection of history and folklore on one of Edinburgh’s most famous landmarks. Told by means of prose, poetry, photography and history, this is not a guide book for the casual tourist. There are plenty of images to highlight the tales, although the monochrome format is unusually dated…

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A complete history of the beautiful town of Hawick

Hawick: A History From Earliest Times truly covers the history of Hawick, taking the reader right back to pre-history. Alistair Moffat takes the narrative much further back into the mists of prehistory, to the time of the Romans, the coming of the Angles and the Normans. He recounts how Hawick got its name, where the…

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Scotland’s major conflicts in one book

For somebody taking a stroll on the barren fields of the Highlands to enjoy the immense peace and tranquility of the place today, it can be hard to imagine that the very same lands were once loud with the battle cries of brave and determined soldiers. They ended up being soaked with the blood of…

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The perfect guide to research your Scots family roots

Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors is great starting point for anyone who has an interest in their Scots roots. It is aimed primarily at family historians who are eager to explore and understand the world in which their ancestors lived. He guides readers through the wealth of material available to researchers in Scotland and abroad. He…

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The sad real-life story of the ‘Victorian Titanic’

Gill Hoffs’ enthusiasm for the subject of The Sinking of the RMS Tayleur and extensive research makes for an absolutely fascinating read . It’s a piece of work scattered with inserts from historical reports and newspaper articles. The book starts by painting a picture of the social and economic problems in 19th century Ireland with…

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Daunderlust – a book sharing the untold Scots stories

Daunderlust is a beautifully eclectic and eccentric collection of stories about a side of Scotland that is rarely seen by the average visitor (or by many who have lived in the country all their lives). And they certainly has never been mentioned in VisitScotland’s ongoing campaign to promote Scottish culture and encourage tourism. But, like…

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A well-researched look at who the Picts were

The first time I heard about the Picts, the ancient people of the North of Scotland, I was hooked. My dad told me all about them during a trip to visit family in Aberdeen, and my imagination went into overtime, imagining who they were, and where they lived compared to where I was visiting. The…

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It’s definitely worth trying to grab hold of Letting Go

Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing, according to the old song (and film). And it most definitely is in Letting Go: A Timeline of Tales, by Gerda Stevenson. The Twelve Stories in Letting Go take us on a journey through landscape, language and turbulent times, from the mid-19th century to the present day, and into the…

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