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Pearl Fishers

by Robin Jenkins

‘Worthy of the greatest respect throughout the English-language world’ – Paul Binding, Guardian ’Pared down to a sharp clarity, the prose of this novel cuts out all excess to show the cross-currents...


Sunset Song

by Lewis Grassic Gibbon

Faced with a choice between her harsh farming life and the seductive but distant world of books and learning, Chris Guthrie eventually decides to remain in her rural community, bound by her intense love of the...


The Brilliant & Forever

by Kevin MacNeil

On an island like no other, the annual Brilliant & Forever festival is a much anticipated event; its participants a story away from either glory or infamy. This year, three best friends - two human, one alpaca...


Darien

by John McKendrick

The Company of Scotland and its attempts to establish the colony of Caledonia on the inhospitable isthmus of Panama in the late seventeenth century is one of the most tragic moments of Scottish history. Devised...


Wild Island

by Jane Smith

This is a book for anyone interested in wildlife, for art lovers, for tourists wanting a memento of their holiday, for everyone who loves the west coast of Scotland. It depicts a year in the life of Oronsay,...


Shore to Shore

by Kevin MacNeil

History isn't a thing of the past - we're making it now' - Jim Sutherland, Artistic Director, Struileag The descendants of the Gaels are scattered far and wide across the world - a diaspora that is at once cherished...


Robert Fergusson

by Robert Fergusson & James Robertson

This edition, first published in 2000 to mark the 250th anniversary of Fergusson's birth, and revised in 2007, contains all his poems in Scots, a selection of poems in English, an introductory essay, revised...


The House with the Green Shutters

by George Douglas Brown

A vigorous antidote to the homely, self-satisfied utopian outlook as portrayed in the 'kailyard tradition' of writers such as S.R. Crockett, John Watson and James Barrie, it offers instead a bleak and uncompromising...


The Poems of Norman MacCaig

by Norman MacCaig

I have always loved the mixture of strictness and susceptibility in Norman MacCaig's work. It is an ongoing education in the marvellous possibilities of lyric poetry . . . He means poetry to me' - Seamus Heaney...


SY StorY

by Donald S. Murray & Douglas Roberts

Lewisman Donald S. Murray tells in his inimitable verse and prose Stornoway's story from the days when Mesolithic people sheltered there to its present-day life as a bustling, modern harbour, casting light on...


Self-Sacrifice

by Struan Stevenson

There is much we can learn from Stevenson's disturbing account of mistakes, duplicities and blunders that have led directly to the rise of ISIS and the catastrophic events that now engulf the Middle East.' -...


Scots Who Made America

by Rick Wilson

Andrew Carnegie was born in Dumfermline, son of a humble weaver, but left his native shores for the New World in 1848. On his arrival in Pennsylvania he became a bobbin-boy at a local cotton mill. Then followed...


Walking the Border

by Ian Crofton

In 2013 Ian Crofton undertook a journey he had been pondering for years: a walk along the Border between Scotland and England. It would be an exploration both of his own identity - not quite Scottish, not quite...


Wild Voices

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...


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,...


Second Sight

by Meg Henderson

The moving story of a woman sending her pilot son away to fight in the Second World War - from one of Scotland's bestselling, best-loved storytellers Nancy MacLeod's great-great-grandfather brought his family...


Scotland's Decision

by Charlie Jeffery, Ray Perman & Sir Tom Hunter

Should Scotland be an independent country? Choosing an answer to that question, as Scotland's electors will on 18 September 2014, is a choice of huge significance. So how will we come to a decision? Many voters...


Shocking Brazil

by Fernando Duarte & Gilberto Silva

The Brazilian game has become synonymous with excellence, success and beautiful, irresistible football. Supporters from every part of the globe are able to recount joyful tales about Brazil's unmatched achievements,...


Some People Are Crazy

by John Neil Munro

Described recently by Empire magazine as 'Britain's best ever blues singer', John Martyn was one of rock music's last real mavericks. Despite long-term addiction to alcohol and drugs, which contributed to his...


River of Fire

by John MacLeod

"MacLeod is a splendid and elegiac narrator of neglected patches of Scotland's history and brings his poetic gifts again to this, the single most dreadful event in our nation's story" - The Observer "An unflinching...