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Emeli Sandé: The Biography
- Hardback - John Blake
This biography charts Emeli's childhood in rural Aberdeenshire, the TV and radio talent contests she would enter in a bid to launch her singer-songwriter career and the day she turned down a record deal (aged just 16), as well as the massive hit songs she has written for artists such as Tinie Tempah, Cheryl Cole, Leona Lewis and Susan Boyle.
Man On The Run: Paul McCartney In The 1970s
- Hardback - Polygon
'Man on the Run' paints an illuminating picture: from McCartney's nervous breakdown following the Beatles' split through his apparent victimisation by the authorities to the rude awakening of his imprisonment for marijuana possession in Japan in 1980 and the shocking wake-up call of John Lennon's murder.
The Best-Hated Man: George Malcolm Thomson, Intellectuals And The Condition Of Scotland Between The Wars
- Hardback - Argyll
This book examines George Malcolm Thomson's (1899-1996) contribution and impact across specific themes: the condition of Scotland's economy between the wars, society, politics, culture and identity, his influence on nationalism and the home rule movement; and the significance of other writers and thinkers. Thomson played a pivotal role in private discussions which led to the formation of the Scottish National Party. His work is overshadowed by his sectarian attacks against Scotland's Irish Catholic population.
An Enlightened Duke The Life Of Archibald Campbell (1682-1761), Earl Of Ilay, 3rd Duke Of Argyll
- Paperback - Humming Earth
Archibald Campbell, 3rd Duke of Argyll and 1st Earl of Ilay, lived a long and very active life as a soldier, lawyer, politician, patron and businessman. History remembers him on the one-hand as courageous, good-natured, learned and accomplished - and, on the other, as 'a man of little truth, little honour, little principle'. His sustantial political career, driven by gaining and increasing his power and that of his friends, is poorly documented, since manuy of his private papers have vanished. The author's interest in Argyll as a key figure in the Scottish Enlightenment - which became a 30-year-long quest to piece together the fragmentary evidence of his complex life into a coherent story of contradictions within his personal, intellectual and business activities - has given us the first major study of a fascinating man, shown as having changed the nature of Scottish culture.
Island Wife: Living On The Edge Of The Wild
- Paperback - Two Roads
'Island Wife' tells the story of Judy, who at 19, met her wild pioneer. He whisked her off into an adventure, a marriage of 40 years, and a life on a remote Hebridean island. Along the way she bears 5 children, learns how to run a rocky hill farm, a recording studio and the first whale watching business in the UK - all the while inventively making fraying ends meet.
Dennis Nilsen: Conversations With Britain's Most Evil Serial Killer
- Paperback - John Blake
In 1983, Denis Nilsen was arrested after body parts were found to be blocking drains at the house where he lived. As the squad car drove him away, he confessed he had strangled 15 young men. During his 30 years in prison, Nilsen has written volumes of his autobiography. Using access to Nilsen's writing and extensive independent research, Russ Coffey explains what Nilsen says and how much of it we can believe. This is a shocking glimpse into the mind of a killer.
Birdie Bowers: Captain Scott's Marvel
- Paperback - The History Press
Henry 'Birdie' Bowers realised his life's ambition when he was selected for Captain Scott's Terra Nova expedition to the Antartic, yet he also met his death on the journey. This biography, drawing on Bowers' letters, journals and previously neglected material, sheds new light on Bowers and tells his full story.
Tracks Of My Years
- Paperback - Pan Books
The Ken Bruce Show on Radio 2 is a national institution, much loved by millions of loyal listeners. Here, Ken reveals how his dream of working in radio kept him going through the wilderness years of accountancy, his stint at a car hire company, and finally a job at Radio Scotland before his move to Radio 2.
The Tailor Of Inverness
- Paperback - Sandstone
'The Tailor of Inverness' is a story of journeys, of how a boy who grew up on a farm in Galicia (Eastern Poland, now Western Ukraine) came to be a tailor in Inverness. His life spanned most of the 20th century. Taken prisoner by the Soviets in 1939, he was freed in an amnesty in 1941. He then joined the thousands of Poles who travelled to Tehran then Egypt to be integrated into the British Army, and was resettled in Britain in 1948.
Hamish MacCunn (1868-1916): A Musical Life
- Hardback - Ashgate
Hamish MacCunn's music was popular during his lifetime and through the middle of the 20th century. After World War II MacCunn receded into obscurity, but in recent years his music has begun to be performed, recorded, and studied with renewed vigour. Jennifer Oates explores MacCunn's professional activities and compositions chronologically and includes what is known of his private life where relevant.