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Once Upon A Time: The Lives Of Bob Dylan
- Paperback - Mainstream Publishing
This text draws together the tangled strands of the many lives of Bob Dylan in all their contradictory brilliance. For the first time, the laureate of modern America is set in his entire context: musical, historical, literary, political and personal.
- Paperback - Sphere
Evie needs a good holiday. So when her employers - two high-powered plastic surgeons - invite her to attend a conference with them in the south of France, she can't believe her luck. It's certainly the holiday of a lifetime - but not quite in the way Evie imagined!
Our Ancient National Airs: Scottish Song Collecting From The Enlightenment To The Romantic Era
- Hardback - Ashgate
One of the earliest documented Scottish song collectors to go 'into the field' to gather his specimens was Joseph Macdonald. Macdonald emigrated in 1760 and it fell to Patrick Macdonald to finish and publish his brother's collection. McAulay traces the history of Scottish song collecting over the ensuing 130 years.
The Ottoman Motel
- Paperback - Sandstone
Simon and his parents arrive in the small town of Reception and check in to the Ottoman Motel. Then, while Simon is asleep, his parents disappear. Are they lost? Has something terrible happened to them? Have they simply driven away and left him? All Simon knows is that he is alone in a strange town. And, as a desultory police investigation begins, he realises he is unsure who he can trust.
Oman, Culture And Diplomacy
- Paperback - Edinburgh University Press
This comprehensive study of the Sultanate of Oman presents a portrait of a nation through its diplomacy. It draws upon key research into Omani religious and social traditions and ethnographic studies of language and social customs.
One Great George Street: The Headquarters Building Of The Institution Of Civil Engineers
- Hardback - Whittles Publishing
This title is the most thorough study yet undertaken of the headquarters building of the Institution of Civil Engineers in Great George Street, London, SW1. It considers how the building visually represents the authority of the profession and discusses not only the architecture and technology of the building but also the social relationships that underpin the structure.
Orkney's Italian Chapel: The True Story Of An Icon
- Paperback - Black & White
The author traces the history of an Italianate chapel built on the island of Orkney by Italian prisoners of war.
- Hardback - Jonathan Cape
At the core of 'On Writing' is the hugely popular blog that A.L. Kennedy writes for the Guardian and we follow her during a 3-year period when she finished one collection of stories and started another, and wrote a novel in between. Readers and aspiring writers will have almost everything they need to know about the complexities of researching, writing and publishing fiction, but they will be receiving this wisdom conversationally, from one of the funniest and most alert of our contemporary authors.
Omnesia: (alternative Text)
- Paperback - Bloodaxe Books
'Omnesia' is Bill Herbert's melding of omniscience and amnesia, the modern condition of thinking we can know everything about our world but, in actuality, retaining dangerously little. This new collection - published in twin editions, the alternative text and the remix - approaches and evades such flawed totality.
On Glasgow And Edinburgh
- Hardback - The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
A mere forty miles apart, these cities have enjoyed a scratchy rivalry since wistful Edinburgh lost parliamentary sovereignty and defiant Glasgow came into its industrial promise. Crawford brings them to life between the covers of one book, in a tale that mixes novelty and familiarity, as Scotland's cultural capital and largest commercial city do.