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Edinburgh & the Scottish Highlands

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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.
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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

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

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

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

Scotland, The Story of a Nation

SCT54
Magnus Magnusson
Grove Press
2003
752
0802139329
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A vivid survey of the history of Scotland, rich in personality and incident, by a master storyteller.
$22.50

The Most Beautiful Villages of Scotland

SCT81
Hugh Palmer
Thames & Hudson
2004
208
0500511640
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
1/1/2112
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

Guynd, A Scottish Journal

SCT122
Belinda Rathbone
W. W. Norton & Company
2007
304
1593720157
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
The charming memoir of a woman's sometimes trying relationship with her husband's ancestral home - a sprawling fixer-upper of a Scottish mansion. Through Rathbone's evocative descriptions, the house takes on a life and personality all its own.
$23.95

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

The Crofter and the Laird

SCT23
John McPhee
Noonday Press
1992
176
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

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

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

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. Originally published anonymously in 1814.
$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

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Eyewitness Guide Great Britain

GBR01
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
672
1465439617
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
With 1,400 photos, maps and excellent introductory chapters, this guide offers both a general overview of Great Britain and a region-by-region look at its attractions.
$30.00

Companion Guide Edinburgh and the Borders Country

SCT19
A.J. Youngson
Boydell & Brewer
2001
420
1900639386
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive introduction to the history, culture and architecture of Edinburgh.
$34.95

A History of Scotland

SCT16
J.D. Mackie
Penguin Putnam
1978
380
0140136495
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A classic -- and admirably concise -- history of Scotland. Mackie reveals how the Scots long pursued an independent line -- -n religion, law, culture and foreign policy -- that helped them keep at bay the Romans, the French and the English.
$20.00

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

Fodor's London's 25 Best

GBR08
Louise Nicholson
Fodor's
2016
176
0147546265
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This slim guide to London (with handy full-color maps) has everything you need to know for a short visit to the city, including recommended sightseeing, restaurants, hotels and shops.
$13.99

Pax Britannica, The Climax of Empire

GBR10
James Morris
Harvest Books
2002
527
0156028018
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The centerpiece of the trilogy "Pax Britannica," this entertaining history concentrates on the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897, celebrated as a festival of imperial power and splendor.
$37.95

The Mother Tongue, English and How it Got That Way

GBR15
Bill Bryson
Avon Books
1996
270
0380715430
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
An indispensable guide to the language that divides us, this book is an informative linguistic history that showcases Bryson's wry wit.
$15.99

Notes from a Small Island

GBR16
Bill Bryson
Avon Books
1997
324
0380727501
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A farewell walking tour of England by an American expatriate who has decided to return home after two decades. Like all of Bryson's books, it's full of rich conversations, humorous anecdotes and amusing interactions.
$15.99

The Story of Britain

GBR71
Roy Strong
Trafalgar Square
2002
596
0712665463
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A handsomely presented history of Britain.
$49.95

The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

GBR72
Lawrence James
St. Martin's Press
1996
704
031216985X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An epic of the empire's achievements from 1600 to the present.
$27.99

Mary Queen of Scots

SCT01
Antonia Fraser
Bantam Doubleday
1993
613
038531129X
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
This richly readable biography, the story of a legend who was loved even en route to her death, illuminates Mary's age as well as the figure herself.
$20.00

Britons: Forging the Nations, 1707-1837

GBR81
Linda Colley
Yale University Press
2009
442
0300152809
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An interesting study of national British identity and the joining of England, Scotland and Wales.
$25.00

Lorna Doone

GBR83
R.D. Blackmore
Oxford University Press
2009
680
0199537593
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The classic romantic novel set at the time of the Monmouth Rebellion in the 17th century.
$13.95

Kidnapped

SCT02
Robert Louis Stevenson
Penguin
2007
240
0141441798
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
With great feeling for the Scottish landscape, history, and the local atmosphere, this classic tale of the conflict between Lowlanders and Highlanders mirrors the split sympathies of the author himself.
$10.00

The British Isles, A History of Four Nations

GBR88
Hugh Kearney
Cambridge University Press
2012
324
0521608503
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The Celts, Romans, Vikings, Normans and modern immigrants all make an appearance in this Canto Classics edition of Kearney's elegant and revisionist history of not just the English but also the Scots, Welsh and Irish.
$19.99

Great Britain, Ireland Map

GBR06
Marco Polo Travel Publishing
Marco Polo
2014
2
3829767226
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This fold-out overview map of Great Britain and Ireland is ideal for route planning, with highlighted scenic routes and places of interest. The map contains a comprehensive index and inset street plans of major cities.
$11.95

British Isles Map, Great Britain and Ireland

GBR07
Michelin Travel Publications
Michelin Travel Publications
2008
1
2067170279
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A colorful and accurate map of both Great Britain and Ireland, at a scale of 1:1,000,000.
$12.95

Orkneyinga Saga, The History of the Earls of Orkney

VIK07
Hermann Palssom, Paul Edwards
Penguin
1981
253
0140443835
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.00

Final Rounds, A Father, a Son, the Golf Journey of a Lifetime

GOL02
James Dodson
Bantam Doubleday
1997
272
0553375644
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Golf magazine columnist Dodson tells the heartfelt story of a trip with his father, during his father's final months, to the great courses of Scotland and England.
$16.00

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.
$16.95

Tales of the Seal People, Scottish Folk Tales

SCT18
Chad McCail, Duncan Williamson
Interlink Publishing Group
1992
160
0940793997
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Scottish folk tales featuring Silkies -- the seal people who can take human shape.
$24.95

Great Britain and Ireland Map

GBR31
Kunth Verlag
Kunth Verlag
2009
2
3936368368
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A nicely detailed map showing both Great Britain and Ireland at a scale of 1:800,000.
$11.95

Great Britain and Ireland Map

GBR31
Kunth Verlag
Kunth Verlag
2009
2
3936368368
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A nicely detailed map showing both Great Britain and Ireland at a scale of 1:800,000.
$11.95

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

Off in a Boat, Hebridean Voyage

GBR66
Neil Miller Gunn
Ivan Dee
1990
348
0941533980
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.95

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

A Guide to the Stone Circles of Britain, Ireland and Brittany

GBR102
Aubrey Burl
Yale University Press
2006
276
0300114060
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
An excellent guide to finding -- and understanding -- all the major sites, plus a few not-so-well-known ones. It includes maps, black-and-white photographs, site diagrams, and a bibliography.
$45.00

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

SCT24
Alan Crawford
Thames & Hudson
1995
216
0500202834
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A heavily illustrated, compact survey of the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
$24.95

An Innocent in Scotland, More Curious Rambles and Singular Encounters

SCT28
David W. McFadden
McClelland and Stewart
1999
346
0771055285
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A sequel to his rambles in Ireland, McFadden again taps local lore, personality and history in this most entertaining journey through Scotland.
$18.95

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

Vikings, The North Atlantic Saga

VIK11
William Fitzhugh (Editor), Elisabeth Ward (Editor)
Smithsonian Institution Press
2000
432
1560989955
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An extensively illustrated volume of Viking culture, history and exploration that focuses especially on voyages to North America. Published in conjunction with a Smithsonian exhibit, it features essays and 400 color photographs.
$34.95

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

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

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

Art of the Celts

CLT02
Lloyd Robert Laing, Jennifer Laing
Thames & Hudson
1992
216
0500202567
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A volume in the acclaimed "World of Art" series, this is a broad introduction to Celtic art, from the 5th century B.C. to 1200 A.D.
$19.95

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

A Celtic Miscellany

IRE93
Kenneth Hurlstone Jackson (Editor)
Penguin
1975
352
0140442472
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
A compendium of Celtic literature up to the 19th century.
$17.00

To the Lighthouse

SCT41
Virginia Woolf
Harcourt Books
1989
209
0156907399
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Woolf's modernist classic, in which the Ramsay family goes on holiday in the Hebrides, is drawn from memories of childhood trips to Cornwall.
$13.95

Scottish Art

SCT48
Murdo MacDonald
Thames & Hudson
2000
224
0500203334
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A generously illustrated volume in the "World of Art" Series introducing the individuals and themes that have distinguished Scottish art through the ages. With 183 illustrations, 55 in color.
$14.95

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

Life of St. Columba

IRE103
Adomnan of Iona, Richard Sharpe (Translator)
Penguin
1995
395
0140444629
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
An early account of the life of St. Columba (521-97), the 6th-century abbot who established the monastery on Iona. Written by Adomnan of Iona at the turn of the 8th century, it introduces the profoundly spiritual man as well as his famous abbey.
$18.00

A Rum Affair, A True Story of Botanical Fraud

SCT57
Karl Sabbagh
Da Capo Press
2001
296
0306810603
PAPER
Science
0
0
0
0
Bogus scientific claims and fierce debates over plants on the Isle of Rum.
$15.00

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

Lonely Planet Scotland's Highlands & Islands

SCT62
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2015
320
1742209920
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This practical guide to Scotland's highlands and islands 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.
$21.99

In Search of England

GBR368
H.V. Morton, Jan Morris (Introduction)
Da Capo Press
2002
274
0306811057
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
The much-beloved, enduring account of Morton's ramblings through the English countryside in the early days of the motorcar. Morton charmingly mixes a deep appreciation of the art, culture and history of the place with his own keen observations.
$16.00

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.
$22.00

The Ghost with Trembling Wings

CON24
Scott Weidensaul
North Point Press
2003
352
0865476683
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
The search, which is sometimes successful, for lost species absorbs Scott Weidensaul in this unexpected series of encounters on such island havens as Tasmania, Madagascar and Cuba.
$23.00

For Kids

Ring of Bright Water, A Trilogy

SCT17
Gavin Maxwell
David R. Godine
2011
352
156792400X
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
This magical book, treasured by generations of parents and children, is best known for its portrayal of otters -- and the naturalist who loves them. But Maxwell's descriptions of the Scottish coast, and other wildlife, are equally captivating. This handsome edition, featuring Gavin's line drawings, brings together Ring of Bright Water (1960), The Rocks Remain (1963) and Raven Meet Thy Brother (1969). With cottages available to rent), Eilean Ban ('White Island'), nestled beneath the Isle of Skye bridge, is today a museum and nature preserve.
$19.95

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

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

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