Inside the Wicker Man
How Not to Make a Cult Classic
Hastily made on a tiny budget, hammy and visually drab, the 1973 film The Wicker Man was readily consigned to the B-feature dustbin. Yet something – its bucolic charm, pagan rituals, Britishness? – has endowed it with a rare cult status. This wry and entertaining account of the film’s making, and the numerous disasters it survived (the film’s only negative was accidentally destroyed), considers the enduring appeal of Robin Hardy’s classic.
Beneath Troubled Skies
Poems of Scotland at War, 1914–1918
Some of the finest First World War verses were written by Scottish poets. This collection of work by Charles Hamilton Sorley, EA Mackintosh, Margaret Sackville and others powerfully evokes the terror of the trenches and the anguish of bereavement.
The Day Without Yesterday
The Sky's Dark Labyrinth Trilogy Book III
This third title in the Sky’s Dark Labyrinth trilogy begins before the First World War, and fictionalizes Einstein’s formulation of the Theory of Relativity and his links with scientist/priest Georges Lemaître, explaining how they forged our understanding of astronomy today.
The Bertie Project
A 44 Scotland Street Novel
‘The world’s longest running serial novel’ continues, with young Bertie Pollock’s terrible mother back from the Middle East. Life was easy in her absence, now it’s no fun: there are extra classes after school – yoga, Italian and saxophone – and his father looks to be enamoured of another woman.
Man on the Run
Paul McCartney in the 1970s
Blamed by some for breaking up the Beatles, criticized for putting his wife in his band and challenged to live up to his reputation, Paul McCartney was under pressure during the 1970s. This biography reviews his life from the end of the Fab Four to the death of John Lennon, a period that saw the establishment of his hideaway in Kintyre, experimental music and hit records, small gigs and world tours, and numerous drugs busts.
Precious and the Mystery of Meerkat Hill
Precious Ramotswe of the hugely popular No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels is still a schoolgirl in this story for young readers, which is also set in Botswana. A family's most valuable possession, their cow, has gone missing. Precious has a plan to find it, but she won't be able to solve the mystery on her own. Delightful illustrations complement the author's talent for spinning a tale rich in atmosphere and a sense of place. Age 7+
Photographs and Drawings
These direct and unsentimental photographs and drawings span the whole of his career as a film-maker, writer, storyteller and photographer, from his student years in Leeds in the mid 1960s through to 2012. The book accompanied a retrospective exhibition in Aberdeen and includes an outstanding portrayal of Scotland's Travelling People and Scottish traditional life and culture.
White Leaping Flame
Collected Poems in Gaelic with English Translations
Sorley MacLean (Somhairle MacGill-Eain, 1911–1996) is widely recognized as the most significant writer in Scots Gaelic of the 20th century, who brought this ancient poetic tradition into the modern world. This definitive edition includes everything published in MacLean's lifetime, restoring suppressed passages from his love sequence Dain do Eimhir and his political epic about the Highland clearances An Cuilithionn. The Gaelic originals are presented opposite their English translations, many by the poet himself.