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John Adam: The Mulbuie Murderer
- Paperback - Umbria
This is an account of the last public hanging, on 16th October 1835 in Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands. The man on the gallows was John Adam, known as The Mulbuie Murderer. Graham Clark relates who John Adam was and his motives for the murder of one of the two women with whom he was in relations - his intention to dispense with the woman who was the richest - a classic case of a love triangle ending in tragic circumstances. There was no doubt of John Adam's guilt, although most of the evidence was circumstantial. The author traces his early life, and the traits that led to his execution.
- Paperback - AuthorsOnLine
Women's lives changed dramatically during the Second World War. This heartwarming story follows the fortunes of Jean Winter, a newly qualified teacher from the east end of Glasgow, from what might have been a very normal existence as a married Scottish woman, to something quite different. As the wife of a prisoner of war, Jean decides to join the Wrens rather than teaching.
John Buchan: Model Governor General
- Hardback - Dundurn
An accomplished Scottish thriller writer, journalist, soldier, spy, and Member of Parliament, John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, was Canada's governor general from 1935 to 1940 and helped draw Canada, Britain, and the United States closer together during the perilous days before and at the start of the Second World War.
The Jennifer Morgue
- Paperback - Orbit
Bob Howard must save the world from eldritch horrors, codenamed Jennifer Morgue. Bob's current mission is to stop the evil Ellis Billington from achieving world domination, but he must overcome obstacles including the Gravedust device, which permits communication with the dead.
- Hardback - 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.
John Buchan And The Idea Of Modernity
- Hardback - Pickering & Chatto
Considered a quintessentially 'popular' author, John Buchan (1875-1940) was a prolific writer of fiction, journalism, philosophy, and Scottish history. The essays in this collection examine Buchan's wide-ranging work in relation to contemporary ideas of modernity.
Jewel In The Glen: Gleneagles, Golf And The Ryder Cup
- Hardback - Birlinn
Tracing the history of the Ryder Cup back to that first encounter at Gleneagles in 1921, Ed Hodge interviews an array of national and international celebrities in order to reveal what Gleneagles and the Ryder Cup means to them.
Jack Shian And The King's Chalice
- Paperback - Black & White
Jack's family are Shian, 'otherworld' creatures who have crept in and out of human affairs throughout history. And Jack's family are special: working for the Shian Congress, they have been watching over the Stone of Destiny - one of the great Shian treasures - for seven hundred years.
Jane Morris: The Burden Of History
- Hardback - Edinburgh University Press
Described by Henry James as a 'dark, silent, medieval woman', Jane Burden Morris has tended to remain a rather one-dimensional figure in subsequent accounts. This book, however, challenges the stereotype of Jane Morris as silent model, reclusive invalid, and unfaithful wife. The book argues that Jane Morris is a figure who complicates current understandings of Victorian female subjectivity because she does not fit neatly into Victorian categories of feminine identity.
- Hardback - Lund Humphries
Joan Eardley (1922-63) is considered to be the most influential Scottish painter of her generation. This illustrated survey of her painting does renewed justice to the range, scale, and power of her work.