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The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard

by Arthur Conan Doyle

Edited and introduced by Owen Dudley Edwards. '. . . if he has the thickest head he also has the stoutest heart in my army.' Thus spake Napoleon of Brigadier Etienne Gerard, and thus was established the formula...


The Master of Ballantrae

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Introduced by Roderick Watson. The Master of Ballantrae is Shakespeare's darkest book, the strange tale of two Durie brothers whose differences symbolize the conflicting calls of romance and reason in 18th-century...


Grey Granite

by Lewis Grassic Gibbon

Introduced by Tom Crawford. Chris Guthrie and her son, Ewan, have come to the industrial town of Duncairn, where life is as hard as the granite of the buildings all around them. These are the Depression years...


Tunes of Glory

by James Kennaway

Introduced by Allan Massie. Lt. Colonel Jock Sinclair is a rough talking, whisky drinking soldier's soldier, a hero of the desert campaign who rose to his position through the ranks. Colonel Barrow, an officer...


Cloud Howe

by Lewis Grassic Gibbon

Introduced by Tom Crawford. The compelling saga of Chris Guthrie is continued in this, the middle volume of Grassic Gibbon's great trilogy A Scots Quair. The scene has moved to the small community of Segget,...


Catriona

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Introduced by Jenni Calder. David Balfour is no sooner back in Edinburgh and restored to his estate than he is caught up in the aftermath of the Appin murder. Since he was present when the crime was committed,...


Island Landfalls: Reflections from the South Seas

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Selected and introduced by Jenni Calder. Ill health drove Robert Louis Stevenson from Scotland; the urge for new and adventurous places drew him to the Pacific. There were those at home who would have been happier...


Quarry Wood

by Nan Shepherd

Introduced by Roderick Watson. When Martha gains a place at the university, her achievement is met with a mixture of hostility and pride by her uncomprehending family. It is there that she meets Luke (married...


The Grampian Quartet

by Nan Shepherd

Edited and introductions by Roderick Watson. The Quarry Wood, although published well before Sunset Song, inhabits a similar world; the progress of its heroine could almost be the alternative story of a Chris...


Markheim, Jekyll And The Merry Men

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Shorter Scottish Fiction. Introduced by Roderick Watson. Ever since its first appearance in 1886, Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde has proved itself to be a tale of undiminished...


Imagined Selves

by Willa Muir

This volume gathers together some of the real and the imagined lives of Willa Muir, one of the finest and fiercest intellectuals of her generation. Her writing is rich with paradox - although obsessively Scottish...


The Scottish Novels

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Introduced by Jenni Calder and Roderick Watson. Kidnapped - Catriona - The Master of Ballantrae - Weir of Hermiston These four great novels take us deep into Robert Louis Stevenson's imaginative and bitter-sweet...


Magnus Merriman

by Eric Linklater

Introduced by Douglas Gifford. This hilarious novel charts the rise and fall (and perhaps the rise again) of Magnus Merriman-would-be lover, writer, politician, idealist and crofter-moved by dreams of greatness...


Witch Wood

by John Buchan

Introduced by Christopher Harvie. Set against the religious struggles of seventeenth-century Scotland, with Montrose for the king against a convenanted kirk, John Buchan's Witch Wood is a gripping atmospheric...


Wild Harbour

by Ian MacPherson

Introduced by John Burns. This is the world of universal future war. Faced with the threat of bombs, bacteriological warfare and poison gas, a married couple whose pacifism compels them to opt out of 'civilisation',...


The Member And The Radical

by John Galt

Edited and introduced by P.H. Scott & Ian Gordon. Galt's two great political novels date from around the passing of the Reform Act of 1832. The Member has claims to be the first political novel in the English...


Tales of the South Seas

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Driven to the South Seas by ill health, Stevenson could not close his eyes to the impact of colonialism, the 'stirabout of epochs and races, barbarisms and civilisations, virtues and crimes'. Setting his imaginative...


Tales Of Adventure

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edited by Francis Russell Hart. Treasure Island/The Black Arrow/The Treasure of Franchard/Will o' the Mill/ The Sire de Malétroit's Door/The House of Eld/The Song of the Morrow Stevenson is one of the world's...


Land Of The Leal

by James Barke

This huge novel, closer in scope to a Russian epic than to any English counterpart, opens at the turn of the century in the extreme poverty of the Rhinns of Galloway, an agricultural backwater of the southern-most...


Gillespie

by J. Macdougall Hay

Introduced by Isobel Murray and Bob Tait. A leech, a pirate, a predator, an anti-Christ, a public benefactor and the fisherman's friend; such is Gillespie Strang in this remarkably powerful Scottish novel. Gillespie...