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    With Wellington In The Peninsular: The Adventures Of A Highland Soldier, 1808-1814
    - Hardback - Frontline Books
    Few men from the 71st Highland Light Infantry who sailed from Cork with Wellington to Portugal in 1808 returned to the Irish port six years later. The author of this book was one of the survivors and claims only four other men from his company came through the entire six years with him. As one of Wellington's elite Light Infantry units the 71st were in the fore of the fighting in some of the hardest fought battles of the Peninsular War. The book was controversial on its release in 1827 for its unvarnished and unsentimental account of the grim war against the French in Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal and France itself. A cynic with a highly developed sense of humour, the author was not afraid to criticise his superiors, be they thieving sergeants or officers who were far from gentlemen.
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    I Never Knew That About The Scottish
    Christopher Winn - Paperback - Ebury Press
    Turning his attention to the Scottish people, author Christopher Winn takes us on an eye-opening journey around the nation, discovering the intriguing and surprising ways the places and their history contribute to the Scottish character.
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    Mary Queen Of Scots
    Antonia Fraser - Paperback - Phoenix
    As the subject of a biography, Mary Queen of Scots remains one of the most romantic and controversial figures in British history. Antonia Fraser's masterly biography is a fascinating interpretation of the life of a girl destined to die a martyr.
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    Scotland's Cruel Sea: Heroism And Disaster Off The Scottish Coast
    Robert Jeffrey - Paperback - Black & White Publishing
    Disaster at sea is a poignant part of Scotland's history, and in this chilling and awe-inspiring book, bestselling author Robert Jeffrey tells the compelling stories of the victims of the ocean deeps. Car ferries, fishing boats, troopers, pleasure yachts and Navy vessels of all sorts, including submarines, have gone to the bottom. And in brave attemots to save those in danger with lifeboats, many have died.
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    The Real World Of Sherlock
    B. J. Rahn - Hardback - Amberley
    Ever wondered where Conan Doyle got his inspiration for the literary sleuth? Was there a real 'study in scarlet' in Victorian London? Who was the real Moriarty, and did he baffle Victorian police detectives? B.J. Rahn explores the world that Sherlock emerged from in this fascinating look at crime and detection in 19th-century London. She explores in turn each aspect of the novels, from footprint analysis and blood testing to drug addiction and political crimes.
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    The Gorbals And Oatlands: A New History
    R. P. A. Smith - Paperback - Stenlake Publishing
    In four volumes this history of the Gorbals and Oatlands covers the area's development, redevelopments, and regeneration. Volume one, which could have been subtitled 'The Rise of the Gorbals', charts the 18th and 19th century transformation from small village to major suburb with 90,000 inhabitants, 140 pubs, and 1100 shops.
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    The Gorbals And Oatlands: A New History
    R. P. A. Smith - Paperback - Stenlake Publishing
    In four volumes this history of the Gorbals and Oatlands covers the area's development, redevelopments, and regeneration. Volume two could have been dubbed 'The Fall of the Gorbals' and covers the post-war period when the area was comprehensively 'redeveloped' by town planners (i.e. demolished) and then replaced with award-winning modern architecture much of which has since been demolished because although it won awards for looks it was hopeless to live in.
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    The Gorbals And Oatlands: A New History
    R. P. A. Smith - Paperback - Stenlake Publishing
    In four volumes this history of the Gorbals and Oatlands covers the area's development, redevelopments, and regeneration. Volume three has an evangelical feel to it and could be nicknamed 'Born Again' and takes the story into the 1990s.
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    The Gorbals And Oatlands: A New History
    R. P. A. Smith - Paperback - Stenlake Publishing
    In four volumes this history of the Gorbals and Oatlands covers the area's development, redevelopments, and regeneration. Volume four could be dubbed 'Oatlands and Epilogue'. It is mainly about Oatlands, looking at the history of this often-overlooked area before again bringing the story up to date with more recent renewal.
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    Old Abernethy
    Frank Zwolinski - Paperback - Stenlake Publishing
    Now a dormitory town for Perth, at the time of the collection of photos shown here Abernethy was largely a self-sufficient community (except for Abernethy biscuits that have nothing to do with the town except sharing the name) with a main street full of shops. The book has extended captions exploring the long history of the town and its environs. As well as the town's streets and shops, also featured are the old Co-op van, Polish soldiers stationed there during the war, and even one of the last handloom weavers.

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