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A Grass Bank Beyond: Memories of Mull

by Fionna Carothers

In Four Ducks on a Pond, Nicholas the Cat, assisted by novelist Annabel Carothers, observed his family of humans and animals during one year on the Ross of Mull in the early 1950s. More than fifty years later,...


With the Argylls: A Soldier's Memoir

by Ray Ward

a wonderful example of a soldier's memoir' - Trevor Royle When Ray Ward died in 1999, his sons discovered an old and dusty manuscript in an Afrika Korps ammunition box in the cellar of the family home in Glasgow....


Tobermory and Other Stories

by Saki

At a country house party Cornelius Appin announces that he has discovered a method by which animals can be taught to speak. His latest pupil is none other than Tobermory, the ginger cat belonging to his hosts,...


Wild Voices: Journeys Through Time in the Scottish Highlands

by Mike Cawthorne

The journeys in this book are tales of adventure on foot and by canoe through some of the last wild places in Scotland. Each journey is haunted by the ghost of another writer – Neil Gunn, Iain Thomson, Rowena...


Shredded: Inside RBS: The Bank that Broke Britain

by Ian Fraser

‘The definitive account of the Royal Bank of Scotland fiasco. It’s an engaging, if in some ways infuriating, tale of how self-serving bank executives systematically broke the rules, lent with astonishing...


Bannockburn: The Battle for a Nation

by Alistair Moffat

Best-selling author Alistair Moffat offers fresh insights into one of the most famous battles in history. As 8,000 Scottish solders, most of them spearmen, faced 18,000 English infantrymen, archers and mounted...


Wojtek: War Hero Bear

by Jenny Robertson

When a tiny orphaned bear cub is adopted by Polish soldiers during World War II, little does anyone know that little Wojtek will become one of the bravest fighters of them all. As the soldiers train to take...


In Colours Green and White: A Post-War History of Hibs

by John Campbell

In Colours Green and White is the second volume in John Campbell's fascinating post-war history of Hibernian Football Club, which continues to relive the club's past with a game-by-game and goal-by-goal account...


Lost Dundee: Dundee's Lost Architectural Heritage

by Charles McKean & Patricia Whatley

Lost Dundee' brings the second city of renaissance Scotland back to life showing, through previously undiscovered photographs and drawings, the life and the maritime quarter of this great port. It illustrates...


The People's Sculptor: The Life and Art of William Lamb

by John Stansfeld

Tracing the life and work the life of Scottish sculptor William Lamb (1893 - 1951) this is a story of indomitable will and irrepressible creativity. The son of an alcoholic father and a survivor of the 'lost...


The Beauty Room

by Regi Claire

After the death of her mother, Celia Roth begins life anew by redecorating the house where they lived together -the house containing her mothers beauty room. But as the new paint covers their shared history,...


Scottish Cats: An Anthology of Scottish Cat Poems

by James Hutcheson & Hamish Whyte

Cats have always had a special appeal to poets – they exhibit so many human attributes, not least that characteristic Scottish trait, thrawnness. According to legend, the Scots were the first northern people...


The Glasgow Curse

by William Lobban

This chilling and disturbing memoir tells the story of one of Glasgow's most notorious criminals. In his own words, William Lobban tells how he was born in Exeter Prison to a violent, schizophrenic mother. His...


Harpoon at a Venture

by Gavin Maxwell

A shark fishery based on the tiny Hebridean island of Soay was the beginning of Gavin Maxwell’s enduring love affair with the west coast of Scotland. This, his first book, tells the whole story – the challenge...


The Flight of the Titan: The Story of the R34

by George Rosie

In the early hours of Thursday, July 10, 1919 hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers rushed out onto the streets and rooftops and gaped up into the sky as a great silver ship, hundreds of feet long, rolled slowly...


The Winter Whale

by Jim Crumley

In late November, 1893, a humpback whale - as rare a sight in the North Sea then as it would be now - followed herring shoals into the Tay estuary, and travelled as far upstream as Dundee docks to linger in...


The Three Kings

by Doris Davidson

The three huge rocks rose from the bay of the tiny Scottish fishing village of Cullen. The locals called them 'The Three Kings', but to orphaned Katie Mair they were 'The Three Wise Men', her trusted friends...


The Nickum

by Doris Davidson

It's a dismal day that doesn't include a dose of Doris' - Press and Journal Willie Fowlie's grandmother calls him a 'nickum' - he is a mischievous Aberdeenshire boy who often acts instinctively, bearing little...


Raising the Dead: The Men Who Created Frankenstein

by Andy Dougan

Mary Shelley's 1818 novel, "Frankenstein", introduced readers around the world to the concept of raising the dead through scientific procedures. Those who read the book were thrilled by this incredible Gothic...


Time Shall Reap

by Doris Davidson

It is 1915, and Elspeth Gray is young, unmarried, heavily pregnant and destitute in a strange city. Having no one else to turn to, she throws herself on the mercy of a compassionate woman she once met briefly...