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Scotland, A Concise History

SCT15
Fitzroy MacLean, Magnus Linklater (Contributor)
Thames & Hudson
2012
248
0500282331
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This richly illustrated survey brings Scottish history up to the present through its romantic figures and bloody battles. With 250 well-integrated illustrations, this revised fourth edition includes a newly added chapter on Scotland’s place in the 21st century.
$19.95

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

SCT42
Muriel Spark
HarperCollins Publishers
2009
150
0061711292
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$13.99

Scotland Map M 501

SCT12
Michelin Travel Publications
Michelin Travel Publications
2012
1
2067174991
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A clear, colorful road map at a scale of 1:400,000.
$11.95

Southern Scotland & Northumberland Map

SCT34
Ordnance Survey
Ordnance Survey
1
0319230236
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A fine locally grown map of southern Scotland, at a scale 1:250,000.
$14.95

Lonely Planet Pocket Edinburgh

SCT138
Neil Wilson
Lonely Planet Publications
2017
160
1786573318
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This lively shirt pocket guide to the city, jammed with personal recommendations and photographs, also includes a pull-out map.
$13.99

How the Scots Invented the Modern World

SCT65
Arthur Herman
Crown
2002
472
0609809997
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.00

On Glasgow and Edinburgh

SCT191
Robert Crawford
Belknap Press
2015
368
0674088034
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.95

Stone Voices, The Search for Scotland

SCT66
Neal Ascherson
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2004
240
0809088452
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Ascherson writes with verve and insight on the centuries-old impulse toward nationhood in Scotland in this absorbing portrait.
$27.00

The Celts: A Very Short Introduction

CLT03
Barry W. Cunliffe
Oxford University Press
2003
161
0192804189
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A concise, revealing social history of the Celts by a reigning authority and popular writer.
$11.95

The Highland Clans

SCT164
Alistair Moffat
Thames & Hudson
2013
176
0500290849
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.95

The Most Beautiful Villages of Scotland

SCT81
Hugh Palmer
Thames & Hudson
2004
208
0500511640
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$40.00

Queen of Scots, The True Life of Mary Stuart

SCT82
John Guy
Marine Publishing
2005
608
0618619178
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
This major revisionist biography of the much-maligned monarch by British historian and Cambridge fellow John Guy won the 2004 Whitbread Award.
$17.95

44 Scotland Street

SCT83
Alexander McCall Smith
Doubleday
2005
325
1400079446
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In this witty novel, McCall Smith traces the lives and eccentricities of the men and women living in an Edinburgh boarding house.
$15.00

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

SCT74
Robert Louis Stevenson
Signet
2012
144
0451532252
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Stevenson's gothic classic set in Edinburgh -- a great horror story and allegory for the dual nature of man.
$4.95

Friends, Lovers, Chocolate

SCT113
Alexander McCall Smith
Doubleday
2006
272
1400077109
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
The second book in the Sunday Philosophy Club series, set in Edinburgh and starring detective Isabel Dalhousie, the editor of the Review of Applied Ethics. In this installment, chocolate plays a key role in the mystery.
$15.00

Knots and Crosses

SCT174
Ian Rankin
St. Martins
2008
256
0312536925
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Ex-SAS and now just a cop hiding from memories, detective John Rebus copes with a baffling series of crimes terrorizing his Edinburgh in this first book in Rankin's blockbuster series.
$16.99

One Good Turn

SCT185
Kate Atkinson
Back Bay Books
2007
448
0316012823
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Atkinson follows her mystery debut Case Histories with this percipient, funny, and totally satisfying read set in Edinburgh, once again featuring ex-cop turned private investigator Jackson Brodie -- except this time he is the prime suspect in a deadly crime.
$16.00

Poor Things

SCT173
Alasdair Gray
Dalkey Archive Press
2002
317
1564783073
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Set in 19th-century Edinburgh, Gray's satirical novel-within-a-novel chronicles a mad scientist's attempt to create the perfect companion. The oversize paperback includes the author's wonderfully strange illustrations.
$14.95

The Sunday Philosophy Club

SCT114
Alexander McCall Smith
Doubleday
2005
256
1400077095
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
The first book in the Sunday Philosophy Club series, set in Edinburgh and starring detective Isabel Dalhousie, the editor of the Review of Applied Ethics. The mystery opens when a man falls to his death outside a concert hall.
$15.00

Trainspotting

SCT85
Irvine Welsh
W. W. Norton & Company
1996
344
0393314804
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
You may have seen the movie, but Irvine Welsh's novel is a far darker, albeit moving, tale of junkies set in a bleak version of Edinburgh. It has a fine sense of place, plenty of dirty words, and loads of black humor, all delivered in a thick Scottish accent.
$15.95

Waterlight, Selected Poems

SCT183
Kathleen Jamie
Graywolf Press
2007
108
1555974651
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A collection of dazzling poems by the Scottish poet, highlighted by precision of language and close attention to the natural world.
$16.00

Waverley

SCT119
Sir Walter Scott
Oxford University Press
2015
528
0198716591
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.95

Birds of Europe

FG47
Lars Svensson
Princeton University Press
2010
416
0691143927
PAPER
Field Guide
0
1
0
0
Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide features updated text and maps.
$29.95

More Books

Blasted Heaths and Blessed Greens, A Golfer's Pilgrimage to the Courses of Scotland

SCT08
James W. Finegan
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2007
288
0684800985
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$21.00

Celtic Prayers and Incantations

CLT4
Alexander Carmichael
Dover Publications
2007
142
0486457419
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
An authoritative edition of poems and blessings as collected by folklorist Alexander Carmichael (1832 - 1912) over 40 years, when Gaelic was still widely spoken in the Skye, Uist, Oban and other islands of the Hebrides.
$7.95

Celtic Prayers from Iona

SCT21
J. Philip Newell
Paulist Press
1997
96
0809104881
HARD COVER
Religion
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.95

Culture Smart! Scotland

SCT160
John Scotney
Kuperard
2009
168
1857334922
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture, equally of interest to the traveler and business person.
$9.95

Drums of Autumn

SCT104
Diana Gabaldon
Dell
1997
1088
044022425X
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
The fourth in a series of time-travel mysteries set in 18th century Scotland and South Carolina on the eve of the American Revolution.
$9.99

Eyewitness Guide Scotland

SCT40
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
232
1465440534
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This compact, illustrated travel guide features color photography, excellent maps and a region-by-region synopsis of Scotland's attractions.
$25.00

The Fiery Cross

SCT100
Diana Gabaldon
Dell
2005
1456
0440221668
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
The fifth in a series of time-travel mysteries set in 18th century Scotland.
$9.99

Fodor's Scotland

SCT129
Linda Cabasin (Editor)
Fodor's
2016
512
1101879645
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical guide in the popular series, saturated with valuable information on accommodation, shopping, sights and dining.
$21.99

Highlanders, A History of the Highland Clans

SCT33
Fitzroy MacLean
Overlook Press
2008
276
1585679984
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$35.00

The Isle of Skye, A Walker's Guide

SCT155
Terry Marsh
Cicerone
2015
224
1852845600
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical and British guide to Scotland's most beautiful island; perfect for hikers.
$24.95

The Crofter and the Laird

SCT23
John McPhee
Noonday Press
1978
159
0374514658
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
1
0
0
McPhee packs up his family and returns to his ancestral land on the Isle of Colonsay in this lyrical, appreciative portrait of place and traditional ways of life in the Hebrides.
$16.00

A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

SCT07
Samuel Johnson, James Boswell
Penguin
1984
429
0140432213
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.00

A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland, With the Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

SCT134
James Boswell, Samuel Johnson
Everyman's Library
2002
0375414185
HARD COVER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Dual -- and very different -- travelogues by Johnson and Bowell, written during an 83-day journey they took together around the coast of Scotland in 1773.
$23.00

The Last of the Celts

GBR527
Marcus Tanner
Yale University Press
2006
398
0300115350
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Welsh journalist Tanner mixes anecdote, interview and research in this lively account of encounters with far-flung Celts from Scotland, Wales and Belfast to Brittany, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and Trelew.
$30.00

Lonely Planet Scotland

SCT37
Tom Smallman, Graeme Cornwallis
Lonely Planet Publications
2017
480
1786573385
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This practical guide to Scotland features maps, a good overview of culture, history and nature, and plenty of information on excursions, accommodations and sightseeing. With color photographs and excellent travel information.
$24.99

Michelin Green Guide Scotland

SCT36
Michelin Travel Publications
Michelin Travel Publications
2016
400
2067212583
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
An up-to-date, comprehensive introduction to Scotland and its highlights.
$21.99

National Geographic Scotland

SCT168
Robin McKelvie
National Geographic
2011
320
1426206712
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
An abundantly illustrated guide to the country, with essays on history and culture and color maps.
$25.95

Outlander

SCT101
Diana Gabaldon
Dell
1996
896
0440212561
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
The first in a series of time-travel mysteries set in 18th century Scotland.
$9.99

The Reavers

GBR755
George MacDonald Fraser
Alfred Knopf
2009
288
0307388050
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
After twelve gloriously scandalous Flashman novels, the incomparable George MacDonald Fraser gives us a hilarious tale of derring-do from the turn of the 17th century (sort of) in the wild Borderlands of Scotland.
$14.95

Rob Roy

SCT20
Sir Walter Scott
Penguin
1995
501
0140435549
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Adventure in the highlands of 18th-century Scotland starring the dashing outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor. Part of the "Penguin Classics" series, this book contains explanatory notes and an introduction that sets it in its historical context.
$13.00

The Steel Bonnets

SCT04
George MacDonald Fraser
Skyhorse
2008
416
160239265X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
MacDonald Fraser captures the celebrated mayhem, blood and glory of the Anglo-Scottish border raids in rich and entertaining detail.
$17.99

Rough Guide Scotland

SCT60
Rough Guide
Rough Guides
2017
624
0241271037
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive guide focusing on where to go and what to do from Dumphries and Edinburgh to Stornoway, Kirkwall and Lerwick.
$22.99

Rough Guide Scottish Highlands and Islands

SCT132
Rob Humphreys
Rough Guides
2014
448
1409339866
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive guide in the hip, literate and very informative Rough Guide style. It's divided cleanly between practical information and illuminating background on culture and history.
$20.99

Sea Room, An Island Life in the Hebrides

GBR369
Adam Nicolson
Picador USA
2015
432
1250074959
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$20.00

Seasons on Harris, A Year in Scotland's Outer Hebrides

SCT133
David Yeadon
HarperCollins Publishers
2007
006074183X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Yeardon writes with lively sympathy of the island and its people (and even the lousy weather) in this appreciative account of the culture, traditions and beauty of the island.
$15.99

The Shetland Bus, A WWII Epic of Escape, Survival and Adventure

NOR26
David Howarth
Lyons Press
2008
236
1599213214
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The little-known story of a fleet of fishing boats that regularly journeyed across treacherous waters from the Shetland Islands to Norway, to bring relief and fortifications to Norwegians under Nazi attack.
$16.95

Time Out Scotland

SCT169
Time Out (Editor)
TimeOut
2010
320
1846702046
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
An up-to-date guide on what to do and where to go by the people who publish Time Out Magazine.
$19.95

A Traveller's History of Scotland

GBR40
Andrew Fisher
Interlink Publishing Group
2009
256
1566567564
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.95

White People, Indians, and Highlanders

SCT172
Colin G. Calloway
Oxford University Press
2010
392
0199737827
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A British-American professor of history and Native American Studies at Dartmouth, Calloway looks to both sides of the Atlantic in this probing analysis of identity and colonialism.
$26.95

Wildlife of the North Atlantic, A Cruising Guide

ATL26
Tony Soper, Dan Powell (Illustrator)
Bradt Publications
2008
176
1841622583
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$25.99

William Wallace, Brave Heart

SCT30
James MacKay
Trafalgar Square
1996
288
185158823X
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
MacKay separates myth from legend in this rich account of one of Scotland's greatest heroes. He delves into medieval Scotland, setting the life of William Wallace in its historical context.
$19.95

Xenophobe's Guide to the Scots

SCT184
David Ross
Trafalgar Square
2008
92
1906042470
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This irreverent pocket guide to cultural awareness is both insightful -- and entertaining.
$9.95

The Flight of Gemma Hardy

SCT181
Margot Livesey
HarperCollins
2012
447
0062064231
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Inspired by Jane Eyre, Livesey's sixth novel traces the hardships and fate of a feisty young woman who travels to the remote Orkney to become an au pair at Blackbird Hall. The brilliant evocation of 1960s Scotland draws on Livesey's childhood in the Highlands.
$15.99

For Kids

This Is Edinburgh

SCT106
M. Sasek
Universe Publishing
2006
64
0789313871
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
First published in 1958, this is a facsimile edition of Sasek's charming original portrait of the city, its culture, attractions and spirit for young readers.
$17.95

Scotland

SCT176
Melanie Waldron
Heinemann
2011
48
1432952412
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
One in the illustrated and informative Countries Around the World series, geared for ages 8-11.
$9.95

You Wouldn't Want to Be Mary, Queen of Scots!

SCT161
Fiona MacDonald
Franklin Watts
2008
32
053114853X
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
The hilarious illustrations and light-hearted tone, helpful hints and glossary in this popular series for ages 7-10 will entice even reluctant readers.
$9.95

Mary, Bloody Mary

GBR333
Carolyn Meyer
Harcourt Books
2001
240
0152164561
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
This sympathetic portrait brings to life Mary Tudor’s childhood and difficult teen years, when her beloved father, Henry VIII, spurns Mary’s mother for the bewitching Anne Boleyn -- and Mary goes from riches to rags, becoming the embittered woman who would later be known as Bloody Queen Mary. Ages 11 and up.
$7.99

The Queen's Own Fool

SCT55
Robert J. Harris, Jane Yolen
Penguin Putnam
2001
400
0698119185
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
This excellent historical novel relates the life of Mary Queen of Scots as witnessed by her jester, a spunky orphan named Nicola.
$11.99

Ancient Celts, Archaeology Unlocks the Secrets of the Celts' Past

CLT05
Jen Green
2008
64
1426302258
HARD COVER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
This captivating, illustrated overview of the Celts and their discovery for ages 10 and up features hundreds of color photographs, maps, glossary and interviews. It's an excellent overview of archaeology for the whole family.
$17.95

The Black Island

SCT149
Herge
Little Brown and Company
2011
62
0316133876
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
Set in Scotland, in this seventh adventure (updated in the 1960s), Tintin and faithful canine companion confront a gang on the mysterious island of the title.
$11.00

Worth Looking For

The People of the Sea

SCT68
David Thomson, Seamus Heaney (Introduction)
Counterpoint
2002
214
1582431841
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
1
Fascinated by the Celtic seal tales of his youth, Thomson sets out for Shetland, Orkney, the Hebrides and Western Ireland. His search yields this marvelously unclassifiable collection of stories, observations and traditional tales.
$16.95