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  • Cover scan of Every Short Story, 1951-2012

    Every Short Story, 1951-2012
    Alasdair Gray - Paperback - Canongate
    This title collects 73 short tales from Gray's earlier books along with 16 new stories, with illustrations and information to amuse curious readers.
  • Cover scan of Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party
    Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party
    Alexander McCall Smith - Hardback - Polygon
    His loving wife Betty plans a trip to Ireland for his 40th birthday and almost immediately things go wrong. The seats in economy class on the plane are too small and Irish bathroom furniture is not as commodious as he'd have liked. And all the time Fatty must put up with the unthinking cruelty of strangers.
  • Cover scan of Fergie Rises

    Fergie Rises: The Making Of Britain's Greatest Football Manager
    Michael Grant - Hardback - Aurum
    Alex Ferguson was not the greatest manager football has ever seen when he turned up in Aberdeen one June morning in 1978. In fact he really wasn't anything special at all. 'Fergie Rises' is the story of a period that began when Ferguson was lucky to get Aberdeen, not the other way around. It is the story of an eight-year revolution in which he outgrew that club up in the northeast of Scotland - and left them devastated by his departure.
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    Glasgow's Lost Theatre: The Story Of The Britannia Music Hall
    Judith MacLay - Paperback - Birlinn
    Music-hall stars such as Jack Buchanan, Charles Coburn, Harry Lauder, Dan Leno and Vesta Tilley all trod the boards at what started life as the Britannia Music Hall. Under the management of A.E. Pickard, the Panopticon, as it became known, widened its range of attractions to include freak shows, waxworks, a carnival and a zoo, continuing to draw the crowds until 1938. During the next sixty years, however, its very existence faded into memory as the building was converted and its auditorium sealed off. It was only in 1997 that Judith MacLay discovered the theatre, since when she has made it her mission to bring the Britannia back to life. Here, she traces the history of this magical place and the people who performed there, and tells the fascinating story of how the Britannia is being restored to its former glory.
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    Heist: The Inside Story Of Scotland's Most Notorious Raids
    Paul Smith - Paperback - Birlinn
    Scotland has been home to some of Britain's most high profile robberies and Heist lifts the lid on some of those notorious raids, reopening the files on both solved and unsolved cases. By retracing the steps of the robbers and through interviews with experts and those who had their lives hit by the incidents, the book puts a new slant on some jaw-dropping crimes. From one of the highest profile art thefts of the modern era to an SAS style aerial assault on a bank, 'Heist' tracks raids on everything from stately homes to industrial units as a scourge of modern society is highlighted.
  • Cover scan of I Joke Too Much
    I Joke Too Much: The Theatre Director's Tale
    Michael Edward Rudman - Paperback - Capercaillie
    A rollicking journey across the great stages of New York, London and the provinces; encounters with well known and not so well known characters; a full-bodied account of behind the stage, its own drama and surprises, comedy and tragedy, and of course the jokes.
  • Cover scan of Lawless & The Flowers Of Sin

    Lawless & The Flowers Of Sin: A Lawless Novel
    William Sutton - Paperback - Exhibit A
    A foundation for fallen women. A chess automaton. An impossible theft. Reluctant inspector of vice, Lawless must take a fruitless reckoning of London's shadowy nether world. Hyposcrisy, double standards: just what we expect from stuffy Victorian society. But Lawless was not expecting the trail that his questions open up: from the erotic booksellers of Holywell Street down the darkening passageways of Haymarket bordellos to backstreet cast-offs of the high life. When reputations are at threat, those running the show can be merciless in defending them.
  • Cover scan of The Loch Mess Monster

    The Loch Mess Monster
    Helen Lester - Paperback - Andersen Press
    Ever since Angus was a wee baby monster living below the surface of Loch Ness, his parents tried to teach him to be a proper monster. But as Angus grows bigger, he gets sloppy. Puggy-nit peanut shells are piling up; his grottie laundry is in a heap; tattie cans litter the floor. It's a mountain of a mess! And as Angus's rubbish heap grows, a surprising Loch Ness sighting of his own awaits on the surface of the lake.
  • Cover scan of Maclean's Whiskypedia

    Maclean's Whiskypedia: A Gazeteer Of Scotch Whisky
    Charles MacLean - Paperback - Birlinn
    Why does Scotch whisky taste as it does? Where do the flavours come from? How might they have changed over the years? The flavour of Scotch whisky is as much influenced by history, craft and tradition as it is by science. This book explores these influences. Introductory sections provide an historical overview, and an explanation of the contribution made by each stage of the production process. Each entry provides a brief account of the distillery's history and curiosities, lists the bottlings which are currently available, details how the whisky is made, and explores the flavour and character of each make. Charles MacLean has spent 30 years researching, writing and lecturing about Scotch whisky. 'Maclean's Whiskypedia' is the result of deep immersion in its subject. It will guide, entertain and inform novices and experts alike.
  • Cover scan of Monsoon Mists

    Monsoon Mists
    Christina Courtenay - Paperback - Choc Lit
    Sometimes the most precious things cannot be bought. It's 1759 and Jamie Kinross has travelled far to escape his troubled past - from the pine forests of Sweden to the bustling streets of India. In India he starts a new life as a gem trader, but when his mentor's family are kidnapped as part of a criminal plot, he vows to save them.

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