From the origins of the city’s name, examined here by John and Julia Keay, the editors of the Encyclopedia of Scotland, to an article on the Glasgow Airport terrorist attack in 2007, and the journalist Kevin McKenna’s thoughts on life expectancy in Glasgow, Alan Taylor’s anthology brings together writings by born and bred Glaswegians and Glasgophile visitors ranging from Daniel Defoe to Bill Bryson, to tell the life story of the city in all its grime and glory.
The Country Diaries
A Year in the British Countryside
Described by the Daily Mail as 'a delightfully addictive treasury', this anthology features many of the great diarists who wrote about life in the countryside, among them Gilbert White, Beatrix Potter, John Evelyn and Roger Deakin. The book is arranged as a year, from 1 January 1779, when 'a most dreadful Storm of Wind and Hail & Snow' awoke James Woodforde, to Richard Jeffries counting 2000 peewits in a field in Surbiton on 31 December 1881.