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Essential Books These 5 items are available for $92, including
U.S. shipping, a 15% discount (Item no. EXSCT111)
The Crofter and the Laird  •  John McPhee
In this volume, McPhee returns to his ancestral land, the island of Colonsay in the Scottish Hebrides, to tell the stories of people whose lives are deeply entrenched in their land. With his characteristic grace and admiration for his subjects, McPhee writes about this stark region where residents still live under an almost feudal system of farmers, crofter and lord. (SCT23, $16.00)
  The Crofter and the Laird
Stone Voices, The Search for Scotland  •  Neal Ascherson
HISTORY •  2004 •  PAPER  • 240 PAGES
Ascherson writes with verve and insight on the centuries-old impulse toward nationhood in Scotland, interweaving some highly symbolic moments in history with archaeology, myth and his own interviews and travels. A native Scot (that should come as no surprise), Ascherson offers a lucid, absorbing and affectionate portrait of a nation in the making. (SCT66, $27.00)
  Stone Voices, The Search for Scotland
Scotland, A Concise History  •  Fitzroy MacLean  •  Magnus Linklater
HISTORY •  2012 •  PAPER  • 248 PAGES
This classic, illustrated study brings Scottish history up to the present through its romantic figures and bloody battles. With 250 well-chosen and integrated illustrations, it's an excellent visual survey. Revised with an additional chapter by Magnus Linklater. (SCT15, $19.95)
  Scotland, A Concise History
Eyewitness Guide Scotland  •  Eyewitness Guides
GUIDEBOOK •  2016 •  PAPER  • 232 PAGES
A compact illustrated travel guide featuring bright color photography, dozens of excellent maps, and a region-by-region synopsis of Scotland's attractions. With a 50-page section on where to stay and eat. (SCT40, $25.00)
  Eyewitness Guide Scotland
Scotland Adventure Map  •  National Geographic Maps
2013 •  MAP
A double-sided folded map of Scotland by the National Geographic Society and World Mapping Project at a scale of 1:440,000. The full-color, double-sided map, printed on tear-proof and waterproof paper, includes topographic features, latitude and longitude, and key visitor attractions. Two sides. 38 x 26 inches. (SCT222, $11.95)
  Scotland Adventure Map

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Glasgow Map  •  A-Z    •  A convenient, folded and detailed city map of Glasgow at a scale of 1:19,000. (SCT99, $15.95)
Lonely Planet Edinburgh City Map  •  Lonely Planet Publications   • COMING IN JANUARY  •  Lonely Planet's attractive map of Edinburgh is scaled so that one inch equals 0.1 miles and features sights and a helpful inset of the transit system. Printed on durable, waterproof Tyvek, the map also slips into a protective jacket. (SCT264, $7.99)
Culture Smart! Scotland  •  John Scotney   • GUIDEBOOK  •  A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture, equally of interest to the traveler and business person. (SCT160, $9.95)
DK Eyewitness Top Ten Scotland  •  Alastair Scott   • GUIDEBOOK  •  A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions in Scotland. (SCT216, $14.00)
Insight Pocket Guide Scotland  •  Insight Guides   • GUIDEBOOK  •  This full-color guide to Scotland combines colorful, specially commissioned photos with detailed maps, itinerary ideas and historical and cultural coverage. (SCT245, $9.99)
The Hebrides, 50 Walking and Backpacking Routes  •  Peter Edwards   • GUIDEBOOK  •  This copious guide of 50 routes takes readers into the rough, rugged and very beautiful Scottish Hebrides islands, a wonderland for adventurous walkers. (SCT244, $29.95)
Walking on the Orkney and Shetland Isles, 80 Walks in the Northern Isles  •  Graham Uney   • GUIDEBOOK  •  Cicerone profiles over 80 walks, strolls, perambulations and constitutionals through 25 of Scotland's northern isles. Uney also includes historical information behind the two island clusters, a brief wildlife guide, color photographs and maps. (SCT220, $21.95)
A Traveller's History of Scotland  •  Andrew Fisher   • HISTORY  •  This brief history of Scotland through the 1990s is wide-ranging, accessible and necessarily condensed. With a useful chronology, a list of monarchs and a historical gazetteer, this book marches confidently through the centuries. (GBR40, $14.95)
Blasted Heaths and Blessed Greens, A Golfer's Pilgrimage to the Courses of Scotland  •  James W. Finegan   • CULTURAL PORTRAIT  •  Finegan, the former golf columnist of the Philadelphia Inquirer, takes us on a delightful tour of the great links of Scotland, combining personal anecdote, a history of the game and a character study of the Scots. (SCT08, $21.00)
Celtic Prayers from Iona  •  J. Philip Newell   • RELIGION  •  While wardens on the island, Philip Newell and his wife were inspired by Gaelic prayer and the poems of the 19th-century Scotsman Alexander Carmichael. To spread their appreciation for the art form, they developed this handsome book of prayers. (SCT21, $14.95)
Edinburgh, Mapping the City  •  Christopher Fleet   • HISTORY  •  This collection of 80 visually stunning maps displays 500 years of Edinburghian and Scottish history. Christopher Fleet, from the National Library of Scotland and the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, selected each for its political, social and geographic importance. (SCT242, $46.99)
Highlanders, A History of the Highland Clans  •  Fitzroy MacLean   • HISTORY  •  A marvelous storyteller, MacLean recounts the origins, uprisings and personalities of Highland Scotland from Celtic legends to the bloody defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie at Culloden Moors in this vivid, beautifully illustrated history. (SCT33, $35.00)
How the Scots Invented the Modern World  •  Arthur Herman   • HISTORY  •  Herman argues convincingly in this bestseller that many of the greatest political, intellectual and technological innovations of the 18th and 19th centuries came from the Scots. (SCT65, $17.00)
On Glasgow and Edinburgh  •  Robert Crawford   • HISTORY  •  A history and guide, Crawford's lively account, drawing on a wealth of historical and literary sources, affirms what people from Glasgow and Edinburgh have long doubted -- that it is possible to love both cities. (SCT191, $19.95)
Scotland, A Very Short Introduction  •  Rab Houston   • HISTORY  •  Covering everything from the Jacobites to the modern economy, this brisk account ranges over 1,000 years of society, culture, politics and religion. (SCT194, $11.95)
The Celts: A Very Short Introduction  •  Barry W. Cunliffe   • HISTORY  •  A concise, revealing social history of the Celts by a reigning authority and popular writer. (CLT03, $11.95)
The Highland Clans  •  Alistair Moffat   • HISTORY  •  This excellent compact history of the Scottish Highland clans brings to life their leaders, traditions, families and heroic deeds with color illustrations, photos, a clan map and an alphabetical family list. (SCT164, $15.95)
The Most Beautiful Villages of Scotland  •  Hugh Palmer   • CULTURAL PORTRAIT  •  Not just drop-dead beautiful, this lavishly illustrated compendium includes suggestions for historic hamlets, market towns, castles and estates. With notes on travel, hotels, restaurants and accommodations. (SCT81, $40.00)
The Scottish Highlands, A Cultural History  •  Andrew Beattie   • CULTURAL PORTRAIT  •  An exploration of the past and present of the Scottish Highlands, from the first Celtic settlements to their transformation into Scotland's modern mining capital. (SCT210, $15.00)
A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides  •  Samuel Johnson  •  James Boswell   • TRAVEL NARRATIVE  •  Written when Johnson was 63 and Boswell 32 in 1773 (when they had been friends for ten years), these travel journals were the result of a three-month trip to Scotland. Johnson observed Scotland, and Boswell observed Johnson. (SCT07, $18.00)
Off in a Boat, Hebridean Voyage  •  Neil Miller Gunn   • TRAVEL NARRATIVE  •  Gunn captures the romance and exhilaration of small boat travel in this enchanting account of a 1930s voyage through the Hebrides, interweaving his own adventures with history and lore. (GBR66, $18.95)
Sea Room, An Island Life in the Hebrides  •  Adam Nicolson   • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR  •  Nicolson explores the nature, history and magic of three remote islands in the Outer Hebrides in this affecting memoir. Tiny islands surrounded by serious tides, the Shiants nonetheless make their mark with 500-foot basalt cliffs, seabird and seal colonies and a long history. (GBR369, $20.00)
The Marches, A Borderland Journey Between England and Scotland  •  Rory Stewart   • TRAVEL NARRATIVE  •  A travelogue by a British Parliamentarian that profiles standing stones, monks, flooded fields, striking mountains and, of course, Hadrian's Wall. Stewart mingles his observations with the history of one of the world's most fought-over borders. (SCT223, $27.00)
Whisky, Kilts, and the Loch Ness Monster  •  William W. Starr   • TRAVEL NARRATIVE  •  Beginning and ending in Edinburgh and making stops at Glasgow, Culloden, Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye and more, William Starr follows hilariously in the footsteps of Boswell and Johnson across Scotland. (SCT166, $29.95)
Celtic Tales, Fairy Tales and Stories of Enchanment from Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and Wales  •  Kate Forrester   • LITERATURE  •  Alongside her silhouette art, Forrester collects 16 stories told by folklorists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Divided into four categories (tricksters, the sea, quests and romance), these stories include fantastical characters, such as witches and selkies, and transport readers to mystical realms. (CLT10, $22.95)
Orkneyinga Saga, The History of the Earls of Orkney  •  Hermann Palssom  •  Paul Edwards   • LITERATURE  •  A fusion of myth and legend, circa A.D. 1200, by an unnamed Icelandic author. The medieval chronicle has its center of action among the Orkney Islands, describing their conquest by Norwegian kings during the Viking expansion of the ninth century. (VIK07, $17.00)
Scotland, A Literary Guide for Travellers  •  Garry Mackenzie   • LITERATURE  •  From local authors to classic writers like Keats, Coleridge and Wordsworth, this literary survey reveals Scotland's multifaceted, historical personality through literature. (SCT258, $25.00)
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie  •  Muriel Spark   • LITERATURE  •  A terribly witty novel from the pen of Dame Muriel. Miss Jean Brodie is an unorthodox teacher at an Edinburgh girls' boarding school who wins the hearts and minds of her students, only to discover that girls from the provinces are ill-prepared for progressive thought. (SCT42, $13.99)
Waverley  •  Sir Walter Scott   • LITERATURE  •  Scott drew on childhood tales for this richly detailed portrait of the Highland and Lowland Scots, culminating with the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charles at the 1746 Battle of Culloden. (SCT119, $15.95)
Wildlife of the North Atlantic, A Cruising Guide  •  Tony Soper  •  Dan Powell   • FIELD GUIDE  •  This compact, illustrated guide covers the many petrels, ducks, gulls, terns and other seabirds, as well as the rich abundance of life existing under the waves, that populate the vast Atlantic region from the British Isles to Newfoundland. (ATL26, $25.99)     (800) 342-2164      2838 Vicksburg Lane N    Plymouth, MN 55447