A Personal Anthology of Scottish Poems
Alexander McCall Smith’s anthology of Scottish poems is arranged in eight parts, on themes including love and marriage, islands, and war, conflict and loss, with poets spanning the centuries, from William Dunbar in the 15th, to Hugh MacDiarmid and Kathleen Raine in the 20th.
The Un-Discovered Islands
An Archipelago of Myths and Mysteries, Phantoms and Fakes
This guide to islands that have never existed examines 24 products of imagination, deception and human error. Some have emerged from myth, others as phantoms, plain mysteries, or fakes. The island of Frisland was claimed as British territory by Elizabeth I but turned out not to exist, and there were fraudulent inventions such as Phelipeaux, in Lake Superior. Illustrator Katie Scott adorns the text with mythical beasts and a variety of images.
A Time of Love and Tartan
A 44 Scotland Street Novel
The world’s longest-running serial novel continues apace: starting with Pat Macgregor’s meeting with her ex-boyfriend and the colossal embarrassment that followed, here are further adventures of Stuart and Irene, young Bertie, the Duke of Johannesburg and resident anthropologist Domenica Lordie (née MacDonald).
Peaks and Troughs
In at the Deep End, High in the Hills
A small inheritance and a wild impulse saw Nick Perry leaving London in 1970 to work a hill farm in North Wales. This memoir describes his attempts to live off the land, the beginnings of the organic farming movement and the exploits of his prize boar.
One Last Dram Before Midnight
The Complete Collected D.C.I. Daley Short Stories
Two of these seven stories are set in Glasgow, with young Jim Daley and Brian Scott setting out on their police careers; other cases find DCI Daley and his sidekick in Kinloch, investigating ghosts from the past, a missing man and illicit whisky.
The Good Pilot, Peter Woodhouse
A Wartime Romance
Valerie, a wartime Land Girl, meets and falls in love with an American pilot; meanwhile, her cousin has rescued a mistreated border collie named Peter Woodhouse. Together, Val, Mike and Peter Woodhouse do their bit for love, the war and international relations.
Elton John's Stellar Trip Through the '70s
Based on one-to-one interviews with Elton John and his associates, this biography documents the star’s highs and lows during the 1970s – the decade during which the contrast between his flamboyant public and conflicted private personas was at its most pronounced.
Appointment in Arezzo
A Friendship with Muriel Spark
The Scottish journalist Alan Taylor first met Muriel Spark (1918–2006) when he interviewed her in Arezzo, near her home in Tuscany, in 1990. In this memoir, he recounts his time spent with the novelist and her companion Penny, describing their parties, travels and idiosyncratic household arrangements. While offering an affectionate portrait of a witty, vivacious and intelligent woman, he does not shy away from controversy, particularly her bitter estrangement from her son.
Robert Louis Stevenson
This anthology was a long-cherished, but never realized project of the Argentinian writers Jorge Luis Borges and Adolfo Bioy Casares. Using their list of selected works, MacNeil presents a volume of rare essays and fictions that sheds a Borgesian light on Stevenson. Slightly off-mint.