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N Is For Nessie: A Scottish Alphabet For Kids
- Paperback - Picture Kelpies
Take a whistle-stop tour through the Scottish alphabet, with each letter representing the best of Scotland.
It's A Hill, Get Over It
- Hardback - Sandstone
A detailed history of the sport of fell running. The book also tells the stories of some of the greatest exponents of the sport through the ages. Many of them achieved greatness whilst still working full time in traditional jobs, a million miles away from the professionalism of other branches of athletics nowadays.
In The Shadow Of The Sabertooth: A Renegade Naturalist Considers Global Warming, The First Americans And The Terrible Beasts Of The Pleistocene
- Paperback - AK Press
This text covers the last global warming 15,000 years ago in North America. It's a study of the animal and plant life that either adapted or perished as the glaciers melted, and the first humans migrated to the continent. In the book, Peacock finds lessons for modern people along this ancient trail.
Instructions For A Heatwave
- Paperback - Tinder Press
London, July 1976. It hasn't rained for months, and Robert Riordan tells his wife Gretta that he's going round the corner to buy a newspaper. He doesn't come back. The search for Robert brings Gretta's children - two estranged sisters and a brother on the brink of divorce - back home, each with different ideas as to where their father might have gone. None of them suspects that their mother might have an explanation that even now she cannot share.
- Hardback - Edinburgh University Press
Much philosophical work on immigration is founded on an outdated conception of immigrants and the causes on migration. This is based on the model of the pre-World War II European migrant to North America escaping political tyranny, fleeing famine or hoping to claim 'unsettled' land. Higgins draws on empirical evidence to show that the world has changed and reasons for migration have changed too.
Island Wife: Living On The Edge Of The Wild
- Paperback - Two Roads
A memoir of a woman's life on a remote Scottish island - from 19-year-old girl to wife of one to mother of five, hotelier, domestic miracle worker, to empty nester to writer.
Irvine Welsh And The Trainspotting Phenomenon
- Paperback - Polygon
In the mid-1980s Irvine Welsh's life was going nowhere fast. His teenage dreams of being a footballer or a rock star were over, and he was stuck in a series of white-collar jobs which he loathed. With the last throw of the dice, he started to write. In 1993 his debut novel - which centred on the desperate day-to-day struggles of a group of Edinburgh schemies and junkies - was published. This title offers the inside story of the 'Trainspotting' phenomenon, with contributions from the key players and rare, unseen photographs.
The Island House
- Paperback - Hodder
Posie Graeme-Evans' novel plunges the reader into a past that never dies and a love that reaches out across a thousand years, as a young archaeologist unearths ancient secrets and Viking treasure on a remote Scottish island.
In Praise Of Messy Lives
- Paperback - Canongate
This powerful collection of essays ranges from pop culture to politics, from Hillary Clinton to Susan Sontag, from Facebook to Mad Men, from Joan Didion to David Foster Wallace to - most strikingly - the author's own life.
- Paperback - Sandstone
The police believe that Tom Kingsmill killed himself by jumping off a bridge but Mike Delvan is convinced he is still alive. To solve this mystery Mike will not only have to excavate the past but examine the fears, prejudices and secrets of the people of his home town, Dalmore.