From Sheffield with love to Scotland’s islands

Despite living in Sheffield, author Richard Clubley’s love for the Scottish islands brings him north several times a year. And in this book, he gives a passionate account of what makes these places so special and worth visiting. He meets locals and learns a few realities of island life. He almost perished on Ailsa Craig,…

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Addressing the impact of personality disorders

This is a fascinating story spanning five centuries of history seen through the eyes of schizophrenic John McPake. Helped by the voices inside his head, McPake goes in a search of his brother in Edinburgh. In another thread of the plot, three 16th century weavers from Bruegel’s painting, Three Hunters in the Snow, search for…

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The consequences of a lost engagement ring

An inebriated woman’s generosity on her hen do changes the trajectory of a rough sleeper’s life when she inadvertently leaves behind her engagement ring. Campbell does what many fail to do when writing homeless protagonists by giving agency to a flawed individual dealing with trauma and alcoholism and humanises even the so-called antagonists. Both a…

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Celebrating the best spots for wild swimming

Swimmers of all backgrounds share their experiences and recommendations amongst the seas, burns, rivers and over 30,000 lochs in Scotland. A guide that not only shows you the best spots to sink into but also the tips, safety, etiquette and responsibility that should come hand-in-hand with wild swimming. A great gift for those bobble-hat-wearing swimmers…

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A modern gothic thriller set in Glasgow

A novel that manages to be colourful, gritty, modern, and gothic all within its 368 pages. Twenty years after the events of Welsh’s The Cutting Room, Glasgow is a vastly different scene for the LGBTQ+ community as improvements in human rights, technology, dating (see: hook-up) apps, and even Covid regulations have changed the landscape. When…

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An engrossing tribute to the River Truim

This is a meandering love letter comprised of thoughts, anecdotes, recollections and folklore, both those passed down through generations and those still unfolding. Terence Clifford-Amos follows in the footsteps of John Inglis Hall’s beloved book about the River Truim, How to Fish in a Highland Stream. You can feel the regard that Clifford-Amos holds for…

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A bygone Scotland captured in photography

This is a concise paperback edition of the bestselling Scottish photographic book. In the early 1960s, in the course of recording a Dunfermline mill building that was scheduled for demolition, RCAHMS surveyors discovered an incredible collection of over 800 glass plate negatives. Taken between 1880 and 1919, the photographs are a remarkable record of a…

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An alternative look at Highland land reform

Prominent land reformer Jim Hunter has produced a compelling account of the modern-day Highlands. Here, there is a battle between environmentalists’ attempts to conserve the nature and landscapes, and the Highlanders themselves trying to preserve their way of life and their culture. This thought-provoking read considers both viewpoints: the Highlanders feel they have a better…

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Myths and legends from Scotland put in focus

One of my favourite features of mythology and folk tales is the ability to pinpoint the land that they originate from by examining the geography, history and local customs to be found in each piece. Angus, an underrated region of Scotland in my very humble opinion, is put on display through tales of wolves and…

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A celebration of field sports with fishing and shooting

Scotland has long had a love affair with sport. More famous as the birthplace of golf and for the popularity of sports like football and rugby, this passionate collection of essays brings to life our nation’s relationship with different kinds of sport – fishing and shooting. Lord James Percy grew up in the untamed landscapes…

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