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Michael Lynch's Scotland: A New History provides a reasonably up-to-date historical background to the country. A Concise History of Scotland by Fitzroy Maclean is also recommended. The Highland Clearances and the nation's bloody massacres are passionately described in the numerous books of historian John Prebble. The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson by James Boswell includes visits to Skye Coll and Mull and is one of the greatest Scottish travelogues. Perhaps the best known of Sir Walter Scott's prodigious patriotic outpourings is Rob Roy now popularly held to bear a striking resemblance to Liam Neeson. Several of Robert Louis Stevenson's novels have Scottish settings. Locations in Kidnapped include Mull and Edinburgh. An incomparable but often incomprehensible insight into Scotland and Scottishness can be found in any collected edition of the national poet Robert Burns. Compton Mackenzie's Whisky Galore is the humorous tale of what transpires when a cargo of whisky runs aground on one of the Hebridean islands during WWII. Life amongst Highland wildlife is described by Gavin Maxwell whose works include Ring of Bright Water. Visitors to Orkney will enjoy reading George Mackay Brown's work such as the novel Greenvoe or the short-story collection A Calendar of Love. The Silver Darlings is Neil Gunn's story of the great fishing communities of the north-east in the days before EU quotas. Muriel Spark's novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is a shrewd portrayal of 1930s Edinburgh. More recent works include Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh which takes the reader on a guided tour of modern Edinburgh's underworld of drugs drink and despair. Contemporary Glasgow is described in James Kelman's collection of short stories Not Not While the Giro. Kelman won the 1994 Booker Prize with How Late It Was How Late. Duncan McLean's short-story collection Bucket of Tongues is set in a number of depressed urban locations while Alasdair Gray's acclaimed novel Lanark is set in a not-too-heavily-disguised Glasgow.

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The Bard o' Buchan

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Bard O' Buchan book cover
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Third book in the Bard series from Stanley Bruce, currently number one best seller locally Xmas and New Year number one 2005, see www.johntrails.co.uk.  Poerty, historic information complimented by about 200 photographs all taken throughout the North East of Scotland, towns such as Fraserburgh, Peterhead, Ellon, MacduffTurriff and all the Buchan more..

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The Bard O' The Broch

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Bard o' The Broch book cover
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Local best-selling book about Fraserburgh (The Broch) and the local area.  First edition now completely sold out ;was number one seller in www.johntrails.co.uk  for several weeks.  Poems and historic information complimented with lots of photographs all taken in Fraserburgh, Rosehearty, Inverallochy and Mormond hill.  Has a map at the back to show you where to find all the hidden secrets of the Broch only known to the locals. Only £6.00. more..

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The Bard Of Banff

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Bard Of Banff book cover
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A wonderful book written poetically complimented with photographs taken all around Banff and Macduff in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.  A must for all tourists to the area -  discover all the secret places only the locals know.  Only £5.00. IBSN 0-9547960-0-4

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G Morrison

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Boddam Lighthouse
Boddam Lighthouse
photo by: G Morrison

New Scot's book written in Doric Scot's about the life of a North East inshore fisherman has true story's, poem's and picture's from Whinnyfold to fraserburgh.  Also has some useful translation's from Doric Scot's to English.  Book title, "Thi Lyfe An Tyme's O An Enshoar Loon" retail's at £11.50 and can be purchased through www.johntrails.co.uk by selecting Scottish Book's and typing in Doric

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author:G Morrison
isbn:1425955398

Fraserburgh Through the Years.

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The village of Faithlie was renamed Fraserburgh in 1592, and created a Royal Burgh of Regality with a free port.  We therefore have over 400 years of history in Fraserburgh.  Prior to this, the history of the area includes; the Stone Age, the Picts, the coming of Christianity, Norman Earls and Castles, and this wonderful book includes them all.  This book is jam-packed with the history of Fraserburgh and the surrounding area generally within a five mile radius; and includes items of historical importance within an eight to ten mile radius. 

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author:Stanley Bruce
isbn:978-1-907234-07-1

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