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Best Books About Scotland

Recommendations from 20 articles, Twinkle Khanna, Tim O’Reilly, Robert Macfarlane and 4 others.
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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
A Novel (P.S.)
Muriel Spark - 2009-02-10 (first published in 1961)
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She was a schoolmistress with a difference. Proud, cultured, romantic, her ideas were progressive, even shocking. And when she decided to transform a group of young girls under her tutelage into the "creme de la creme" of Marcia Blaine school, no one could have predicted the outcome.This P.S. Edition contains insights, interviews and more....
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Diana Gabaldon - 1992-01-01 (first published in 1991)
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The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord...
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Knots and Crosses
An Inspector Rebus Novel (Inspector Rebus Novels (1))
Ian Rankin - 2008-09-16 (first published in 1987)
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Detective John Rebus: His city is being terrorized by a baffling series of murders...and he's tied to a maniac by an invisible knot of blood. Once John Rebus served in Britain's elite SAS. Now he's an Edinburgh cop who hides from his memories, misses promotions and ignores a series of crank letters. But as the ghoulish killings mount and the tabloi...
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44 Scotland Street
Alexander McCall Smith - 2005-06-14
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44 SCOTLAND STREET - Book 1The residents and neighbors of 44 Scotland Street and the city of Edinburgh come to vivid life in these gently satirical, wonderfully perceptive serial novels, featuring six-year-old Bertie, a remarkably precocious boy—just ask his mother.  Welcome to 44 Scotland Street, home to some of Edinburgh's most colorful character...
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The Highland Witch
A Novel
Susan Fletcher - 2011-11-28 (first published in 2010)
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The Massacre of Glencoe happened at 5am on 13th February 1692 when thirty-eight members of the Macdonald clan were killed by soldiers who had enjoyed the clan's hospitality for the previous ten days. Many more died from exposure in the mountains. Fifty miles to the south Corrag is condemned for her involvement in the Massacre. She is imprisoned, ac...
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A Life in Four Books (Canons)
Alasdair Gray - 2016-09-01 (first published in 1981)
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This work, originally published in 1981, has been hailed as the most influential Scottish novel of the second half of the 20th century. Its playful narrative techniques convey a profound message, personal and political, about humankind's inability to love and yet our compulsion to go on trying....
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A History of Scotland
Look Behind the Mist and Myth of Scottish History
Neil Oliver - 2011-03-01 (first published in 2009)
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Scotland's history has been badly served over the years and here gets a rewrite by archaeologist and historian Neil Oliver. Defined by its relationship to England, Scotland's popular history is full of near-mythical figures and tragic events, her past littered with defeat, failure and thwarted ambition. The martyrdom of William Wallace, the tragedy...
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The Living Mountain
A Celebration of the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland (Canons)
Nan Shepherd - 2011-08-18 (first published in 1977)
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In this masterpiece of nature writing, Nan Shepherd describes her journeys into the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland. There she encounters a world that can be breathtakingly beautiful at times and shockingly harsh at others. Her intense, poetic prose explores and records the rocks, rivers, creatures and hidden aspects of this remarkable landscape.Sh...
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The Scottish Bothy Bible
Geoff Allan - 2017-03-01
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This first ever guide to the Scottish bothies reveals the country's unique and often hidden network of bothy cabins and mountain huts. Scattered across Scotland's most beautiful landscapes, these evocative abandoned crofts and farmsteads are free to stay in and offer a chance to experience the ultimate in wild adventure living. The first ever compl...
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Irvine Welsh - 1996-06-17
Waverley by Walter Scott
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
The Lost Queen by Signe Pike
Findings by Kathleen Jamie
The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
Mary Queen of Scotland and The Isles by Margaret George
Diary Of A Bookseller by Sean Bythell
The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett
The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places by Neil Oliver
Confessions of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell
At the Loch of the Green Corrie. Andrew Grieg by Andrew Greig
The Blackhouse by Peter May
Bothy Tales by John D Burns
Insurrection by James Hunter
Just Another Mountain by Sarah Jane Douglas
Trumpet by Jackie Kay
Mary Queen of Scots by Antonia Fraser
Wild Guide Scotland by Kimberley Grant
In Freedom's Cause by G. A. Henty
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Women of the Dunes by Sarah Maine
Rick Steves Scotland by Rick Steves
How the Scots Invented the Modern World by Arthur Herman
Katie in Scotland by James Mayhew
The Hidden Ways by Alistair Moffat
Rebus's Scotland A Personal Journey by Ian Rankin
Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon
Raven Black by Ann Cleeves
Trick Is to Keep Breathing by Janice Galloway
Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith
Whisky Galore by Compton MacKenzie
Bone Deep by Sandra Ireland
Morvern Callar by Alan Warner
From the Shadows by G. R. Halliday