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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...


Tales and Travels of a School Inspector

by John Wilson

John Wilson was an Inspector of Schools during the latter half of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth. His career in education spanned 50 years, during which time he inspected many schools...


Swords for Hire: The Scottish Mercenary

by James Miller

In 1612, George Sinclair, an illegitimate son of a Caithness laird, became a Norwegian national hero. Along with almost 300 of his followers, Sinclair was killed in an ambush in Norway while marching to join...


Shirley McKie: The Price of Innocence

by Michael Russell & Iain McKie

Ayrshire policewoman Shirley McKie suffered the loss of her job, a trial for perjury, a breakdown in her health and had to undertake a nine-year campaign before she cleared her name and triumphed over a supposedly...


Scottish Customs: From the Cradle to the Grave

by Margaret Bennett

‘Yet again Margaret Bennett has produced a fascinating book...excellent value for money' – J.C. Massy, Lore and Language 'Margaret Bennett has given us another magic book, brought together from many books...


Monday Girl

by Doris Davidson

After the death of her father, 10-year-old Renee and her mother are forced to open up their Aberdeen home to two lodgers. An impressionable and romantic child, Renee grows up weaving romantic fantasies around...


The Horsieman: Memories of a Traveller 1928-58

by Ducan Williamson

Duncan Williamson was the son, grandson and great grandson of nomadic tinsmiths, basket makers, pipers and storytellers. In this book, he describes his life as a traveller with verve, candour and intimacy, recounting...


Four Ducks on a Pond

by Annabel Carothers

Being well camouflaged and unobtrusive, the author keenly observed the comings and goings of three generations of his family and their animals in a remote area of the Isle of Mull. This account, written during...


Gift from the Gallowgate

by Doris Davidson

This is the extraordinary story of a remarkable woman. Doris Davidson was born in Aberdeen in 1922, the daughter of a master butcher and country lass. Her idyllic childhood was shattered in 1934 with the death...


The Last Wolf

by Jim Crumley

The best nature writer working in Britain today' - Los Angeles Times Book Review In The Last Wolf, Jim Crumley explores the place of the wolf in Scotland - past, present and future - and challenges many of the...


Scottish Battles

by John Sadler

Scottish history has been shaped and defined by a series of great battles. John Sadler gives the first full military history of Scotland for many years. From Mons Graupius to Culloden, he shows how terrain and...


When I Heard the Bell: The Loss of the Iolaire

by John MacLeod

evocative and wholly magnificent'- Roger Hutchison, The Scotsman On 31 December 1918, hours from the first New Year of peace, hundreds of Royal Naval Reservists from the Isle of Lewis poured off successive trains...


The Octopus: The Rise and Rise of the Sicilian Mafia

by Joe Pieri

This book reveals a shocking and sensational story: the mafia and the huge syndicates it controls have infiltrated the government in Italy, the US, the highest levels of the Catholic Church, and in modern times,...


Megrahi: You Are My Jury: The Lockerbie Evidence

by John Ashton

• Megrahi himself speaks for the first time in a powerful defence of his innocence • New evidence, never before published, destroys the prosecution case • Huge public interest in this case which has had a...


McLevy: The Edinburgh Detective

by James McLevy

Very inspiring ... part of our history and part of our culture' - Alanna Knight 'A fascinating insight into the Victorian underclass ... a powerful writer' - Daily Mail 'This is a gem ... A fantastic weaving...


An Introduction to Scottish Ethnology: A Compendium of Scottish Ethnology Volume 1

by Alexander Fenton & Margaret A. Mackay

The publication of An Introduction to Scottish Ethnology sees the completion of the fourteen-volume Scottish Life and Society series, originally conceived by the eminent ethnologist Professor Alexander Fenton....