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The Invisible Spirit: A Life Of Post-War Scotland 1945-75
- Paperback - Birlinn
This title presents a history of Scottish society, politics and culture from VE Day 1945 to the coming of North Sea oil 1975.
Edinburgh On This Day: History, Facts & Figures From Every Day Of The Year
- Hardback - Pitch
'Edinburgh on this Day' revisits the most magical and memorable moments from the city's fascinating history, mixing a maelstrom of quirky anecdotes and legendary characters to produce an irresistible diary - with an entry for every day of the year.
Bloody Scotland: Crime In 19th Century Scotland
- Paperback - Black & White Publishing
In the 19th century Scotland was depicted as a land of misty glens, engineering innovation and inventive genius. But Scotland was also the home of brutal murder, terrifying riots, child cruelty, bank robbery and acid attack. Women as well as men were capable of horrendous acts, and crime could strike anywhere: at home, on the road and even at sea. From the Borders to the Northern Isles, crime was never far away. Edinburgh, with its reputation for polite decorum, was also the scene of poisoning and savagery; the dark streets of industrial Glasgow and Dundee harboured thieves and muggers, while the villages of coast and country hid wild men and vicious women. This book exposes some of the crimes, remembered and forgotten, that rocked the Scotland of our ancestors.
Rock Lighthouses Of Britain
- Paperback - Whittles
In this book Chris Nicholson traces the construction and history of a number of rock lighthouses and the dramatic and often heroic happenings associated with them.
- Hardback - Frontline Books
'Sheriffmuir 1715' is the military history of a doomed Jacobite rising in Scotland, which enjoyed far more public support and arguably far more chance of success than Bonnie Prince Charlie's attempt 30 years later. Unlike the '45, the uprising which culminated in the brutal battle of Sheriffmuir was very much a Scottish affair, fought without either French troops or assistance, and unashamedly aimed at reversing the hated Union with England and re-asserting Scotland's independence. However, in this study, a completely fresh look is taken at the campaign, while the battle is reassessed in the light of a thorough knowledge of the ground and the armies which fought there.
Forensics: An Anatomy Of Crime
- Paperback - Profile Books
The dead talk. To the right listener, they tell us all about themselves. Through forensic medicine, a corpse, the scene of a crime or a single hair can reveal the secrets that hold the truth and allow justice to be done. But how much do we really understand about forensics? Crime author Val McDermid draws on the vast archives of Wellcome Collection and interviews with top-level professionals in all areas of forensic science to answer this question.
Glasgow's East End: A Social History
- Hardback - Mainstream Publishing
Of the four corners of Glasgow, the East End is the richest source of stories that reach back far into the annals of time. What began as a small patch of land owned by the ancient clergy has evolved through the ages, providing historians with a veritable treasure trove of colourful tales and interesting characters. This comprehensive anthology brings together the histories of the collective of districts that have developed over centuries and which give the East End of Glasgow its unique personality: the Gallowgate, Bridgeton, Calton, Parkhead, Shettleston, Tollcross and more. Many of the fading memories of latter years are kept alive in this oral history of Glasgow's East Enders, who have generously contributed their own anecdotes about life in an area that is poor in status yet rich in character.
Best Of Scotland
- Hardback - Birlinn
From bagpipes, haggis, whisky and the midge to The Falkirk Wheel, John Knox, Loch Lomond and Dolly the Sheep, this book is a fascinating celebration of Scotland that will appeal to visitors and locals alike.
Picts, Gaels And Scots: Early Historic Scotland
- Paperback - Birlinn
This is a comprehensive overview which brings to life the ancestors of the modern Scottish people. It examines the origins of the Picts and the Gaels, and how they became Scots and looks at society including the role of kingship, industry and religion.
Dundee And The Empire: 'Juteopolis', 1850-1939
- Hardback - Edinburgh University Press
Jim Tomlinson looks at Dundee as a globalised and globalising city in the early 20th century.