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James Watt: Making The World Anew
- Paperback - Reaktion Books
Scottish inventor and mechanical engineer James Watt (1736-1819) is best known for his pioneering work on the steam engine that became fundamental to the incredible changes and developments wrought by the industrial revolution. But in this new biography, Ben Russell tells a much bigger, richer story, peering over Watt's shoulder to more fully explore the processes he used and how his ephemeral ideas were transformed into tangible artifacts.
Jet Black Heart
- Paperback - Barrington Stoke
Dory is on holiday on the moors with her family when she stumbles across a Victorian walkers' 'letterbox' and a faded message for a boy called Eli. The message opens a slip in time and soon Dory is battling alongside Eli to help save his sister from her cruel father. But is there more to Eli - and his gift of a Victorian heart pendant - than meets the eye?
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.
Jack Shian And The Destiny Stone
- Paperback - Black & White Publishing
Jack Shian has recovered the Mapa Mundi and rescued his father Phineas from the clutches of the 'Grey' enchantress - but he is still exiled with his family off the west coast of Scotland. The Unseelie alliance of evil Kildashie, deadly Thanatos and Red Caps now controls most of the Shian areas in Scotland. If they succeed in their plan to take the Stone of Destiny and the King's Chalice from Edinburgh castle, both Shian and human worlds will suffer an eternal winter.
Jim Lambie: Not Just For Me
- Hardback - Fruitmarket Gallery
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.
Jutta Koether, Seasons And Sacraments
- Paperback - Dundee Contemporary Arts
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.