How to celebrate Robert Burns – 365 days of the year

Robert Burns is world renowned as Scotland’s greatest poet and lyricist. Pauline MacKay was thus inspired to create ‘Burns for Every Day of the Year’ to pay homage to his vast and diverse body of work. The book is comprised of some of Burns’ most famous pieces alongside lesser known poems, songs, extracts from letters…

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A fascinating tale packed with gripping twists and turns

The ever witty Catriona McPherson has outdone herself in the latest instalment of the Dandy Gilver adventures. Set in Dundee, The Mirror Dance follows the private investigator as she helps solve a copyright dispute involving a travelling puppeteer and a local publishing house. However, like most detective series, all is not as simple as it…

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A life on the hills is a fascinating chronicle

It isn’t very often you see books documenting a life spent on the hills. But in Sixty Glorious Seasons: The Memoirs of Finlay Mackintosh, a Badenoch Stalker 1883-1966, we learn the subject certainly lived a fascinating life. His time working in Badenoch as a stalker is inspiring, especially for those who know the area themselves.…

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A short story collection from beautiful Speyside

Set in beautiful Speyside, Speyside Memories contains a collection of short stories based on the author’s experiences of living in the area. The eleven stories begin with Matheson reminiscing over his childhood living on a small farm during wartime. The retired surgeon, who worked as a consultative surgeon in Aberdeen, then delves into his love…

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The noble Scottish family who had it all – and lost it

The debut book by television producer Simon Welfare depicts the fascinating lives of John and Ishbel Gordon, the Marquess and Marchioness of Aberdeen. The couple aimed to change the world with their passion for philanthropic endeavours and social reform. However, they ended up losing their fortune after years of generosity. As the couple were the…

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A fascinating insight to restoring Scotland’s skies

In the current climate, Restoring The Wild: Sixty Years of Rewilding Our Skies is more important than ever. Roy Dennis has spent his entire career working in Scotland on the conservation of rare birds and the reintroduction of lost species. With chapters titled ‘Endurance’, ‘Optimism’, ‘Global Vision’ and ‘Legacy’, Roy’s passion and love of wildlife…

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A fascinating read that will keep you smiling

Despite what you might think, Your Inner Hedgehog is not a story about hedgehogs. Instead, it follows the story of the hilarious German professor Dr Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld as he navigates life at his workplace, the University of Regensburg. Written by the best-selling author of The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith, this is…

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A fascinating study of an important Scots figure

Mary Queen of Scots’ Secretary: William Maitland is a long overdue account of a man left out of the history books. William Maitland was a politician who played a crucial role in defending Mary, Queen of Scots’ throne and was behind the Scottish Reformation, altering the future of the country drastically and permanently. Stedall explores…

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Weaving fact and fiction for St Andrews Castle siege

For his debut novel, The Castilians, author V E H Masters cleverly weaves fact with fiction in a detailed story of the siege of St Andrews Castle in 1546. Written in compelling prose, and packed full of gripping drama and a smattering of romance, the 16th-century streets of the Auld Grey Toon are brought to…

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A celebration of Scotland at the Olympics

Not only does this marvellous book, Scotland’s Track and Field Olympians tell us stories of the lives, successes and significance of Scots athletes, but it places them in the wider context of the Games. From the very beginning, it is plain to see that Keddie is Olympics mad: he delves into the history of Scotland’s…

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