Madgie: A Life In Farming

Marjory (Madgie) MacQueen was born in 1923 on her parents’ farm of Achnahannet, three miles up in the hills above Dulnain Bridge in Strathspey. The eldest of three girls, Madgie helped her father on the farm from an early age, taking over after his death. Madgie was a prominent member of the farming community, a…


Genre: Agriculture, Autobiography, Farming, Librario, Local history, Non-fiction, Scotland, Scottish history
Subjects: farming, Highlands, horses, ponies, Scotland, Uplands

Witness To The Last Years of the Raj

Ronald (Ronnie) Perkin recalls his memories of the closing years of the British Empire and to the events leading up to it as far as he personally was concerned. After passing out from Sandhurst he joined the Indian Army and fought in many campaigns including the Eritrean, the Western Desert, the Tunisian and Italian campaigns…


Genre: Autobiography, Indian history, Librario, Military History, Non-fiction
Subjects: Indian Army, Malay Regiment, Punjab, Punjab Boundary Force, Rhodesia

What I Tell You Three Times Is True: Conservation, Ivory, History and Politics

In this wide-ranging narrative, which is part historical, part investigative and largely autobiographical, Ian Parker examines the perennial preoccupation of man with elephants…and his pursuit of their ivory. COMMENTS: ‘…although a lot more could be said about this remarkable work, I want simply to recommend reading Parker’s book to all those interested by the elephant…


Genre: Africa, Autobiography, Conservation, Environment, Librario, Non-fiction
Subjects: Elephants, ivory poaching

The Shamba Raiders: Memories of a Game Warden

Highly acclaimed, The Shamba Raiders is one man’s fascinating account of the eternal struggle to preserve East Africa’s herds of game which were – and still are- increasingly threatened by modern civilization, poaching, war and the economic and political changes which swept Africa during the middle of the last century. Bruce Kinloch is probably the…


Genre: Africa, African history, Autobiography, Conservation, Librario, Non-fiction
Subjects: animal conservation, Animals of East Africa, College of African Wildlife Management, East Africa, elephant, game warden, Kilimanjaro, Malawi, poaching, Tanzania, Uganda

Tales From A Crowded Life

FROM THE AUTHOR OF The Shamla Radiers Born in India in1919, Bruce Kinloch comes from a long line of soldiers and hunter-naturalists; his grandfather, Major- General AAA Kinloch CB wrote an acclaimed book on big game hunting, while his maternal grandfather Gen GN Channer VC CB was awarded the Victoria Cross while serving with the…


Genre: Autobiography, Librario, Military History, Non-fiction
Subjects: 3rd Gurkha Rifles, Battle of Sittang Bridge, Burma, Chindit Battalion, Military Cross, North West Frontier, Sandhurt

Once A Malim Sahib: The Memoirs of a Deck Officer

Ian Milner writes about his early life in the war time Merchant Service and salvage operations after the hostilities had ended. Descended from a Charge of the Light Brigade survivor and a family of Yorkshire wagon builders, Ian Milner left his Warwickshire grammar school at seventeen to respond to the call of the sea. He…


Genre: Autobiography, Librario, Military History, Naval, Non-fiction
Subjects: Board of Trade, British India Steam Navigation Company

In Ethiopia

In 1965, when Haile Selassie decided Ethiopia must have National Parks and Nature Reserves, he appointed John Blower as his adviser and senior warden. What followed was a formidable challenge: struggling with a complex, corrupt and medieval bureaucracy in Addis Ababa and the shifting allegiances of warlords and brigands in the countryside. But the magnificence…


Genre: Africa, African history, Autobiography, Librario, Non-fiction
Subjects: Addis Ababa, bush, Ehtopia, Eritrea, Haile Selassie, national park, Nature Reserve, warlords

Himalayan Assignment

After spending twenty years in Africa, first as a forester, then as a game warden and finally acting as adviser to the Ethiopian government on national parks and conservation, John Blower seized the opportunity when a fresh challenge, an exciting project arose in 1970. Himalayan Assignment is a captivating account of his demanding and at…


Genre: Asia, Autobiography, Conservation, Environment, Librario, Non-fiction
Subjects: animal conservation, Banagi Hil, fauna, flora, Himalayas, In Ethopia, John Blower, national park, Nepal, photography, poaching, wildlife

From Dark Heart To Kalahari

Clive Spinage first went to Kenya, Africa in 1953 but did not become a professional wildlife ecologist until 1964 when he conducted antelope research in Uganda. Since then he has worked in Rwanda, Tanzania, the Central African Republic, Upper Volta and Botswana. He has been described as one of the world’s leading authorities on African…


Genre: Africa, Autobiography, Conservation, Librario, Non-fiction, Travel
Subjects: Africa, African mammals, Animals of East Africa, Botswana, Central African Republic, ecology, Elephants, Emperor Bocassa, Idi Amin, Kenya, Politics, Rwanda, Tanzania, The Book of the Giraffe, The Natural History of the Antelope, Uganda, Upper Volta, wildlife, zoology

From Cadet To Commodore: The End of a Sea-Going Era

Robert Royan joined the maritime training ship HMS Conway in 1944 at the start of a career in the Merchant Navy which was to last forty-six years. During that time he was to witness the build- up of the UK merchant fleet after the war and also the end of this sea-going era during as…


Genre: Autobiography, Librario, Non-fiction, Sailing
Subjects: commodore, Ghandi, merchant navy, ships

A Vivid Canvas: Margaret Collyer; Artist & Pioneer, 1872-1945

Margaret Collyer’s beautifully written autobiography describes her life as an artist and pioneer farmer in Kenya during the first half of the twentieth century. Margaret Collyer graduated from the London Royal Academy of Art in 1898. Having augmented her Scholarship by painting a number of commissions, she quickly gained a reputation as one of the…


Genre: African history, Art, Autobiography, Librario, Non-fiction
Subjects: animals, Collyer, dogs, farming, horses, Kenya, Kikuyu, London Royal Academy of Art, Mombasa, Painting

A Vintage Port: Reflections on a Clydeside Childhood

John Brown (no relation to the shipyard owner) has produced in a vintage port a wonderfully nostalgic and humorous collection of memories and anecdotes from the forties and fifties. A Vintage Port is filled with images of tenement life in Port Glasgow and descriptions of close-knit families and their camaraderie, where experiences include both simple…


Genre: Autobiography, Librario, Non-fiction, Scotland, Scottish history
Series: Reflections on a Clydeside Childhood |

A Case Of Export: Reflections On A Clydeside Childhood

In his first book, A Vintage Port, John Brown recalled his early life in Greenock and Port Glasgow – those twin towns clinging to the south bank of the River Clyde – reminiscing about his childhood and early days in Port Glasgow. Now, in A Case of Export, John continues his story. Education at Greenock…


Genre: Autobiography, Biography, Librario, Non-fiction, Scottish history
Series: Reflections on a Clydeside Childhood | Subjects: Clyde, Clydeside, Greenock, Greenock Academy, John Brown, Port Glasgow

Wash My Bikini: Working In Zambia With Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)

At the age of sixty, Anne Thomson applied to join the Voluntary Service Overseas as a mature volunteer, bringing her skills as a bank administrator and accountant. She was allocated a two year assignment in The Prison Fellowship Zambia office and travelled to Lusaka to begin work in their Ndola office. What follows is a…


Genre: Autobiography, Librario, Non-fiction, Travel
Subjects: Edinburgh, Lusaka, Ndola, travel, volunteering, VSO, Zambia

Where’s The Nurse?

Where’s The Nurse? is an entertaining, warm and true story of a long nursing career. Margaret Stewart began training in Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 1960 and her story follows the ups and downs of life nursing in Glasgow and Aberdeen. The author tells of patients; old Mr Hickey who sharpens the blade of his cut-throat…


Genre: Autobiography, Librario, Medicine, Non-fiction
Subjects: Healthcare, Illness, medicine, Nursing

The Memoirs Of Emily Loch: Discretion In Waiting;

The end of an era seen through the eyes of a lady-in-waiting. This particular lady-in-waiting, Emily Loch, came to know Alix, Princess of Hesse-Darmstadt, who became Alexandra the last Tsarina of Russia, from her early years. Emily was associated with the family of Helena, Princess Christian, Queen Victoria’s fifth child and, was lady-in-waiting to Princess…


Genre: Autobiography, Biography, History, Librario, Non-fiction
Subjects: Emily Loch, England, Germany, Imperial Royal Family, lady-in-waiting, Princess Christian, Princess Helena, Princess of Hesse-Darmstadt, Queen Victoria, Romanov, Russia, Scotland, Tsar Nicholas, Tsarina

25 Chapters Of My Life; The Memoirs of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna – The Last Grand Duchess of Russia

This link to the BooksFromScotland.com website (run by Publishing Scotland) will take you to an extract from the book. It is an account of how the Grand Duchess fled with her family at the outbreak of the February Revolution in 1917.   The Grand Duchess Olga wrote her memoirs as a personal account of the…


Genre: Autobiography, Biography, History, Librario, Non-fiction, World history
Subjects: Alexander III, Imperial Russia, Nicholas II, Romanov, Russia, Russian history, Russian Revolution, Soviet Union, USSR, World War I

Merely A Memorandum: From Spain to Waterloo in Wellington’s Army; The Personal Account of Lieutenant Donald Mackenzie of The Black Watch

At the heart of this book is the personal account written by a young Highland Scot, a lieutenant in the famous 42nd Highland Regiment (The Black Watch) caught up in the struggle to get rid of the Dictator then over-running Europe and threatening to invade Britain, exactly as Hitler did some 130 years later. Donald…


Genre: Autobiography, Biography, History, Librario, Military History, Non-fiction
Subjects: 42nd Royal Highland Regiment, Black Watch, Duchess of Gordon, Napoleon, Peninsula War, Wellington