by Philip Paris
Orkney's Italian chapel was built by Italian POWs held on the island during the Second World War, and over the years, the chapel has become an enduring symbol of peace and hope around the world. The story of who built the chapel, and how it came into existence and survived against all the odds, is both fascinating and inspiring. Extensive research over four years has uncovered many new facts, and this comprehensive book is the definitive account of the chapel and those who built it.
by Ed Hodge
The 2014 Ryder Cup is coming back Gleneagles in Perthshire, where it effectively all began. Ed Hodge's book tells the intertwining stories of the Ryder Cup and of golf at Gleneagles, from the United States vs. Great Britain match in 1921 that sparked a rivalry for the ages, all the way to the latest installment of an international sporting phenomenon. The book intertwines the histories of the coveted prize with the five-star resort's own rich heritage, on and off the course. Through a series of over 80 in-depth interviews with an array of national and international celebrities, Jewel in the Glen reveals what the Ryder Cup and Gleneagles means to them while examining the impact of the tournament on the local community and the wider Scottish society, culture and economy. With a foreword from golf's greatest player, Jack Nicklaus, designer of the Ryder Cup 2014 course, The PGA Centenary, and a hole-by-hole guide by Ryder Cup legend Colin Montgomerie, this volume paints a unique and absorbing portrait of Gleneagles and Scottish golf as a whole.
by Rosalind K. Marshall
"Her life had all the elements of a dramatic novel: bereavement, adultery, murder and rape, played out against a background of religious conflict, and culminating in long and dreary years of imprisonment," says author Rosalind K. Marshall in this lushly illustrated book. Using more than 120 objects to tell her dramatic story and to explore this fascinating period of Scottish history -- from Mary's jewels, textiles and furniture to documents and portraits -- the book takes a fresh look at this child queen, who was only six days old when her father died and she acceded to the throne. Spending most of her childhood in France while Scotland was ruled by regents, she married the Dauphin of France, then returned to Scotland upon his death, only to be caught in a maelstrom of intrigue and treachery. Beautifully illustrated and written for the general reader, it is a fresh look at this mysterious and charismatic monarch.
by Donald S. Murray
Donald Murray's engaging new novel takes the reader back to 1930 when the last inhabitants of the isle of St Kilda were evacuated to the mainland. Shortly afterwards, following several acts of vandalism by local fishermen, the novel's protagonist, Calum MacKinnon, is sent back to the island to guard against further damage. Alone on the deserted island, he begins to re-imagine the conversations and stories from his years working out of Village Bay, the island's port. He also recalls some of the experiences of its people in exile on the mainland, showing their difficulties in adjusting to a new way of life. The vivid prose is interspersed with poetry and illustrations, creating a colourful and insightful yarn of life, and letting the reader decide what should or shouldn't be believed.
by Herge and Susan Rennie
The Adventures of Tintin, one of the most popular European comics of the 20th century, has been translated into Scots, taking the reader to an uninhabited island that is supposedly home to a ferocious man-eating beast: "Tintin an his faithfu dug, Tarrie, are on the trail o an international gang o conterfaiters. Forby, they themsels are bein follaed by the twa glaikit detectives, Nisbet an Nesbit!"
Full reviews of these books are available in the Autumn 2013 issue of Scottish Life.