A travelogue of Britain’s most notorious climb on Skye

Simon Ingram is not alone in his fascination with the mighty Cuillin, but this breeze-block-sized tome is a veritable paean to the Skye mountain ridge that sits among the clouds. Broken into three sections – ascent, traverse, and descent – it is primarily a travelogue of Ingram’s own battle to conquer Britain’s most notorious climb.…

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New crime thriller gets ready for release

A Scots crimewriter’s latest novel is set to be released next month. The Blood Tide by Neil Lancaster, who lives in the Scottish Highlands, is publishing in hardback on March 31 with HQ Digital. This is the second stunning thriller in the incredible DS Max Craigie series – the first, Dead Man’s Grave, was longlisted…

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A real life adventure story that sounds like a movie

Do you fancy abseiling into an erupting volcano? Living off two sea slugs and a crab for a week? How about being locked in a bunker for ten days without so much as a sliver of daylight? Me neither. These impossibly testing environments may seem fit for Tom Cruise’s next Hollywood blockbuster, but in reality…

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A celebration of countryside mysteries

John Wright clearly knows his stuff and his knowledge and enthusiasm come across clearly in this thoroughly engaging book. A Spotters Guide to Countryside Mysteries will add to any time spent rurally or just outside, whether it be woods, fields or coast. It asks and answers questions that you probably never thought of until you…

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Spooks and scares from all over Scotland

It’s perhaps not surprising that a country with a history as long and often bloody as Scotland’s, is home to a raft of myths and legends centred around things that go bump in the night. This collection of spooky tales gathered by Alistair Kerr focuses on the vivid imaginations of some of the country’s best…

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A gripping thriller from author Craig Robertson

Loneliness is a killer and it’s Grace McGill’s job to clean up the mess when a dead body has lain undiscovered for weeks or even months. This fascinating thriller had me hooked from the first chapter. Robertson is well-kent for his crime writing, so it’s little wonder that the vivid descriptions of the scenes of…

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The perfect companion for munro baggers

Following on from his 1995 book The Munro Phenomenon, Andrew Dempster has written this updated tale of the mountains for a new generation of baggers. In doing so he brings to light the latest achievements in climbing them all and looks back to discover a little-known man who was a key player in the creation…

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Scotland in a post-viral apocalyptic future

In a dystopian UK ravaged by a virus, Scotland has closed its border. The Ardnamurchan peninsula is surrounded by a fence that protects the rest of the country from the wolves and bears that roam the mountains and woods of this rewilded big-game hunting estate. DI Rhona Ballantyne returns to her Scottish roots to investigate…

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The secret lives of plants in our society

We don’t often consider the impact that plants have had on human history, but this book shows how they have been woven into society for centuries. From medicine, through nutrition to murder and construction, there’s a story to be told for all living and growing things. I particularly enjoyed the tale of how the Scottish…

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When composer Mendelssohn came to Scotland

As was the wont of wealthy young gentlemen of the time, the composer Felix Mendelssohn went on a grand journey. This book has a subtitle of The Mendelssohns in Scotland and Italy, and tells how Felix’s journey brought him to Scotland, while his sister Fanny alighted in Italy. Using sketches, letters, paintings and captivating narrative…

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