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Marquess Of Queensberry: Wilde's Nemesis
- Hardback - Yale University Press
The Marquess of Queensberry is perhaps as famous for destroying one of our greatest literary geniuses as he was for helping establish the rules for modern-day boxing. The trial and two-year imprisonment of Oscar Wilde, following a series of events inspired by Wilde's romantic interest in his son, remains one of history's great tragedies. However, Linda Stratman's biography of the marquess, also known as John Sholto Douglas, paints a far more complex picture by drawing on new sources and unpublished letters.
- Paperback - Carcanet
This biography recounts the life and loves of the creator of Frankenstein, from her youth as the daughter of a philosopher and a pioneering feminist, through her passionate, turbulent marriage, and her career as a writer and editor.
Island Wife: Living On The Edge Of The Wild
- Hardback - Two Roads
A memoir of a woman's life on a remote Scottish island - from 19-year-old girl to wife of one to mother of five, hotelier, domestic miracle worker, to empty nester to writer.
John Napier: Logarithm John
- Paperback - NMS
As the inventor of logarithms, John Napier made one of the greatest advances in the history of mathematics, and his development of an ingenious calculating tool is described here.
Mrs Robinson's Disgrace: The Private Diary Of A Victorian Lady
- Paperback - Bloomsbury
A story of romance and fidelity, insanity, fantasy and the boundaries of privacy in a society clinging to rigid ideas about marriage and female sexuality, 'Mrs Robinson's Disgrace' brings vividly to life a complex, frustrated Victorian wife, longing for passion and learning, companionship and love.
- Paperback - Birlinn
Providing a factual biography of the Scottish hero William Wallace, this book contains a strong narrative, and discusses the motives of the legendary character in a manner which uncovers many previously hidden points.
The House On The Chine
- Paperback - Sancho Press
It is 1885, a tempestuous year in the writing life of Robert Louis Stevenson. Why did he settle in a Bournemouth villa called 'Skerryvore'? And what went on behind the facade to induce the Scottish writer to set aside 'Kidnapped' and create his chilling psychological thriller 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'?
Storming The Falklands: My War And After
- Paperback - Abacus
Tony Banks and his comrades were plunged into a war of night attacks and vicious close-quarters combat as they sought to liberate the Falkland Islands. In 'Storming the Falklands', Tony gives his vivid and harrowing first-hand account of the bloodiest conflict British troops had faced in years.
The Life Of Sir Walter Scott
- Hardback - Edinburgh University Press
John Macrone, who wrote this life of Scott in 1832-3, was admirably suited to the task; for, while he had never met Scott, his friends and associates included Cunningham, Galt and Hogg, who wrote his 'Anecdotes of Scott' for publication in Macrone's book. Nothing more was heard of the project until the recent discovery of an autograph manuscript, here edited and published for the first time.
- Paperback - Yale University Press
David Livingstone is revered as one of the world's greatest explorers and missionaries and as the first European to cross Africa. This biography reveals the man behind the myth, one capable of ruthless cruelty as well as self-sacrifice.