Scotland: Past, Present and Future
With the first referendum on Scottish independence since the controversial vote in 1979 seeming likely, we've realised a lot of us don't know as much as we should about history and culture north of Hadrian's Wall. So here's our selection of the best Scottish fiction and poetry, along with the finest writing about Scottish history, politics, travel, music and art.
A respected historian of medieval Scotland releases the authentic historical Macbeth from a prison of literary and folkloric myth.
Explores the lives of five women connected by one hotel. This book shares their very different experiences of life in the aftermath of death, of pain and sorrow, of hope...
Offers a portrait of modern Scotland as seen through the eyes of natives and immigrants, journalists and politicians, drop-outs and spooks, all trying to make their way through a country...
When her aunt Shirley dies, Dawn finds herself back in her claustrophobic home town in Northern Scotland for the first time in years. She spends her days caring for her...
Samuel Johnson; James Boswell; Peter...
Book by Samuel Johnson, published in 1775. The Journey was the result of a three-month trip to Scotland that Johnson took with James Boswell in 1773. It contains...
An exuberant "Ceilidh" play with scenes songs and music of Highland history from the clearances to the oil strike
Muriel Spark; A. L. Kennedy
A brilliant, daring and darkly funny novel by Muriel Spark, 'mistress of the highest high comedy' (The Times)
Features the nature and landscapes of Scotland as well as an incisive sense of our domestic realities.
Presents an account of Scotland's history, composed of eye-witness accounts by those who experienced it first-hand. This work includes key historic moments ranging from Bannockburn and Flodden to the SNP...
A novel that recalls the 1950s social realism of authors such as Alan Sillitoe, Keith Waterhouse and Stan Barstow.
'The beauty of Scotland is overwhelming and I've often thought that Scotland's popular history is just like her landscape - impossibly romantic, obscured by mist and myth and always changing.'...
An exhilarating collection of stories from the legendary Jackie Kay
Edward Waverley, a naive, sensitive young man, is posted to Scotland with his regiment, and becomes caught between the clans of the Jacobite Rising and the forces of the Hanoverian...
The award-winning debut novel from Scotland's queen of crime.
Contains detailed information and maps on each Scottish island. Illustrated with full-colour illustrations and relief maps of all the main islands, this title is both a work of reference and...
An illustrated study of the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. It features buildings, such as the Glasgow School of Art, as well as his interiors, such as the Willow Tea...