For over 100 years, the agents of M15 have defended Britain against enemy subversion. Their work has remained shrouded in secrecy – until now. This first-ever authorised history by Christopher Andrew reveals the British Secret Service as never before. It is a fascinating account of its inner workings, its clandestine operations, its failures and its […]
(Photo credit: Hol Art Books) (Image above shows an illustration of someone lying down in a museum underneath a picture frame, with the title of the book, Museum legs and the authors name) Why do people get bored and tired in art museums and why does that matter? That is the question Amy Whitaker investigates […]
A certain doctor of Tannochbrae used to be the mainstay of my television childhood, so it was with some very clear monochrome images in my head, that I picked up the recent Birlinn edition of A.J. Cronin’s Dr. Finlay’s Casebook.
(Photo credit: Hurst & Co.) (Image above shows cover image of the book which is the title, African soundscapes: how a continent changed the world’s game, and images of stamps representing African soccer players) As evidenced by this years World Cup, Africa has a passion for soccerball. Soccer (or football) is the most popular sport […]
(Photo credit: publisher- Virago) (Image shows two women halfway up two ladders tending to a plant, with the title of the book ‘Gardening women: their stories 1600 to the present’ and the authors name – Catherine Horwood) Women are rarely celebrated in the history of gardening – a fact Catherine Horwood, a historian and passionate […]
(Photo credit: Titan Books) (Image shows a female zombie in period dress crawling out of a grave) Pride and Prejudice and Zombies quickly became a New York Times bestseller when it was published in 2009. Now it has been adapted and published in graphic novel format. The book combines Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice with […]
A rare 1923 publication has just arrived here at NLS, Football in verse containing over 90 poems by J. Aitken Brown, mostly about Edinburgh’s favourite teams Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian.
I’ve now got my hands on Louise Welsh’s new novel from Canongate, Naming the bones and am intrigued by the opening scenes of the thriller – set here in our very own National Library of Scotland .