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John Byrne - Sitting Ducks
- Paperback - National Galleries of Scotland
John Byrne is one of Scotland's most prolific and accomplished artists. Published on the occasion of an exhibition celebrating his contribution to the art of portraiture, this book illustrates the technical skill, brilliant draughtsmanship, versatility and inventiveness, fun and gravity that he has brought to the genre.
John Maclean: A Scottish Revolutionary Life
- Paperback - Bookmarks Publications
In a year in which we commemorate the First World War and also debate the question of Scottish independence, John Maclean is a figure from working class history who can speak to us today. This concise biography highlights his power as an orator and organiser, and the tensions between revolutionary internationalism and Scottish nationalism in his activities.
John McPake And The Sea Beggars
- Paperback - Sandstone Press
John McPake, a former teacher, has a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Soon after his marriage fell apart he started hearing voices and eventually moved into an Edinburgh hostel for men with enduring mental health problems. An earlier obsession with the works of Breughel develops into a full blown delusion, and he assumes the personna of Johannes, a 16th century Dutch weaver who travels with his friends, Balthazar and Cornelius, in pursuit of his son who has been abducted by the Spanish mercenaries. This is an echo of John's real life quest to be reunited with his brother.
Jacobitism, Enlightenment And Empire, 1680-1820
- Hardback - Pickering & Chatto
The essays in this collection examine religion, politics, and commerce in Scotland during a time of crisis and turmoil. Contributors look at the effect of the Union on Scottish trade and commerce, the Scottish role in tobacco and sugar plantations, Robert Burns's early poetry on his planned emigration to Jamaica, and Scottish anti-abolitionists.
The Judicial Imagination: Writing After Nuremberg
- Paperback - Edinburgh University Press
This volume tells the story of the struggle to imagine new forms of justice after Nuremberg. Returning to the work of Hannah Arendt as a theoretical starting point, Lyndsey Stonebridge traces a critical aesthetics of judgment in a generation of writers including Rebecca West, Elizabeth Bowen, Muriel Spark and Iris Murdoch.
John Buchan And The Thirty-Nine Steps: An Exploration
- Paperback - NMS
Set in the months before the outbreak of the Great War and in print for almost 100 years, 'The Thirty-Nine Steps' is John Buchan's most popular novel. This timely look at the book examines what inspired it, its themes and metaphors, as well as shedding light on just how much of John Buchan's own self and experiences are in it.
- Paperback - Freight
Who killed theatre director Max Quincey during a run of the play Jack-in-the-box in London's West End? Who killed the male prostitutes back in 1985, when the show was last performed and when Max was the star? What is the significance of the Jack-in-the-Box doll found with the body, the markings on its eyes matching mutilations to Max's face, and identical to the toys found with each of the original victims? Has the killer returned? Is it a copycat? Or a revenge slaying for the rent boy murders when Max was prime suspect? The questions are stacking up for DCI Yvonne Valenti, and her partner, DI Steve English, as she races against the clock to unravel a tangled web of clues, lies and half-truths, to catch a deranged killer before they strike again.
- Paperback - Polygon
One night. One motorway. One seemingly endless traffic jam. As darkness falls, the traffic jam lenghthens, and motorists turn off their engines. Then they get out of their cars. And so the story begins. People from all walks of life are thrown together on the M25. There are Max and Ursula, a bickering married couple with a friend's child in the back seat; hungover Shauna, on her way back from a wedding; dope-smoking students Dave, Stevie and Natalie; white-van men Chris and Rhys; Shahid, a charistmatic aspiring footballer; Harold, a Scottish academic and M25 historian; Hsia May, an insect expert; and Waitrose Tony, whose delivery van becomes the target of hungry motorists. As the minutes become hours and impatience turns to anger, the tension grows. Secrets are revealed. Friendships are made. Relationships are broken. And lives are changed.
Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files
- Paperback - 2000 AD
Mega-City One: the future metropolis bustling with life and every crime imaginable. Keeping order are the Judges, a stern polic force acting as judge, jury and executioner. Toughest of all is Judge Dredd. He is the law and these are his stories.
- Paperback - Canongate
In 18th-century Paris, Jacob is a peddler of knives, salt cellars and snuffboxes. Despite a disastrous teenage marriage, Jacob is determined to raise himself up in life, by whatever means he can. In 21st-century America, Jacob's life has twisted in ways he could never have imagined. But even the tiniest of flies can influence the turning of the world. Reliable, true Leslie Senzatimore, a volunteer fireman, and Masha, a gravely ill young woman, are about to have their lives transformed.