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Union Terrace Gardens: The Battle For Denburn Valley
- Paperback - Black & White
In 'Union Terrace Gardens', Diane Morgan tells the story of the gardens from their early days right up to the present and details the inside story of the battle for the future of this green jewel in the heart of the Granite City.
The Unicorn Foal
- Paperback - Young Corgi
Join Poppy on a camper van adventure that takes her to the enchanting campsite, Fairy Moon. Together with her new friend Jonny, Poppy has fun discovering all sorts of wonderful wildlife - and could she even have spotted a real unicorn? Before long Poppy's imagination runs wild and leads her into danger.
The Utopia Experiment
- Hardback - Picador
Imagine you have survived an apocalypse. Civilization as you knew it is no more. What will life be like and how will you cope? In 2006, Dylan Evans set out to answer these questions. He left his job in a high-tech robotics lab, moved to the Scottish Highlands and founded a community called The Utopia Experiment. There, together with an eclectic assortment of volunteers, he tried to live out a scenario of global collapse, free from modern technology and comforts. Within a year, Evans found himself detained in a psychiatric hospital, shattered and depressed, trying to figure out what had gone wrong. In 'The Utopia Experiment' he tells his own extraordinary story.
The Ultimate Guide To The Munros: The Southern Highlands
- Paperback - Luath Press
'The Ultimate Guide to The Munros' is a guidebook with a difference. Rather than telling the reader which are the 'best' routes, it describes all practicable ascent routes up all the Munros, and rates them in terms of difficulty and quality (using comprehensive grading systems). This enables the reader to make his/her own choices from a range of route options.
The Uncommon Appeal Of Clouds
- Book with sound disc - Hachette Audio
An unexpected appeal for help from a collector who has been the victim of an art theft threatens to take Isabel Dalhousie far outside her comfort zone.
The United Trinity: The Remarkable Story Of Best, Law And Charlton
- Paperback - Simon & Schuster
When George Best, a dark-haired skinny teenager from Belfast, made his United debut in the autumn of 1963, he was joining a club still recovering from the horrors of Munich. Among his team-mates were goalscorer supreme Denis Law and England midfielder Bobby Charlton. Together they would combine to help United to win two league titles and a long-awaited European Cup as the Reds came to personify all that was most exciting about the Swinging Sixties. Having reported on their entire careers together, Meek has a unique insight into what made Best, Law and Charlton stand out as the truly special players they were.
Under The Wide And Starry Sky: A Novel
- Paperback - Two Roads
At the age of 35, Fanny van de Grift Osbourne has left her philandering husband in San Francisco to set sail for Belgium to study art, with her three children and nanny in tow. Not long after her arrival, however, tragedy strikes, and Fanny and her brood repair to a quiet artists' colony in France where she can recuperate. There she meets Robert Louis Stevenson, ten years her junior, who is instantly smitten with the earthy, independent, and opinionated belle Americaine. A woman ahead of her time, Fanny does not immediately take to the young lawyer who longs to devote his life to literature rather than the law. In time, though, she succumbs to Stevenson's charms, and the two begin a fierce love affair - marked by intense joy and harrowing darkness that spans decades as they travel the world for the sake of his health following their art and dreams eventually settling in Samoa.
- Paperback - Penny-Ante
A remodelling of the classically charming and na ve sixth century Christian tale, 'The Voyage of Saint Brendan'. The nation is in the iron claw of capitalism, Christianity's basic principles are flouted daily, the South has won the Civil War, slavery is widespread, exploitation rampant and God - now working as a janitor at Tastee Freez with late-onset Alzheimer's - is rapidly losing the plot. In an effort to obliterate his botched creation from memory, the fallen divinity recruits retail worker Brad Power to enlist a crew of 12 for a seafaring adventure.
Up And Away!
- Boards - Scholastic Children's Books
This colourful board book, is packed with noisy vehicles zooming across the sky. Pre-school children will love turning the chunky shaped pages and discovering a roaring aeroplane, a whirring helicopter, a soaring hot air balloon, a whooshing parachute and a speeding rocket.
Unlucky For Some
- Hardback - Bello
Faced with a series of random killings and an increasingly threatening press, Lloyd and Hill, still learning to cope with the personal challenges of marriage, an energetic two year old daughter, and a live-in mother-in-law, must tackle their most difficult professional challenge yet.