Of Plots & Passions

The past one thousand years of British history have been fraught with plots, passions and conspiracies. Many of them have been against the monarchy, including at least three murderous plots against Anglo-Saxon kings who reigned before 1066. 34 years later, the Conqueror’s son William Rufus, died while hunting in the New Forest. Was it a genuine…


Genre: British history, History, Librario, Medieval history, Non-fiction
Subjects: Anglo-Saxon, British history, conspiracy, Elizabeth I, Gunpowder plot, Henry VII, James I, Lady Jane Grey, William Rufus

The History of the 51st Highland Division

“Of the many fine Divisions that served under me in the Second World War, none were finer than the Highland Division.” (Field Marshal Montgomery) The 51st Highland Division was looked upon with admiration throughout the Allied Armies for the part they played in both World War I and World War II. But in Scotland it…


Genre: British history, Librario, Military, Non-fiction, Scottish history
Subjects: 51st Highland Division, liberation, Neil Munro, veterans, World War I, World War II

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

Wing Over Three Continents: Diary of an Air Observer, 1939-1945

In 1939 and 1940 thousands of young men decided that they would have to take up arms for their country in the war against Germany. Charles Collins was just one of them, and this is the story of his war, told in his own words through his diary, his journal and his letters home to…


Genre: Aviation, Librario, Military History, Non-fiction
Subjects: Chindits, North Africa, RAF, Sicily, World War II

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

Waterloo Sunset

Fascinating and thought-provoking. Spanning the years from school in the south of England, through his time as an undergraduate at Glasgow University with well-known political contemporaries such as Donald Dewar, “Ming” Campbell and John Smith, Howard Fisher takes us through his time at Whitehall where he gives us his personal insights into what makes civil…


Genre: British history, Librario, Non-fiction, Politics, Scottish history
Subjects: civil service, Donald Dewar, government, John Smith, Menzies Campbell, New Labour, Thatcher

Three Island Lives: The Story of the Campbell Triplets of South Uist

The life story of Christine, Mary and Theresa Campbell – triplets born in 1952 to a crofting family in South Uist. They were the first identical triplets to be born on the Islands for over 60 years. Three of fourteen children born to Catherine and Angus Campbell, they grew up in a typical four-roomed croft…


Genre: Biography, Librario, Non-fiction, Scotland
Subjects: crofting, Hebrides, South Uist, triplets

The Strathspey Mutineers: A History of the First Highland Fencible Regiment, 1793-99

“The worthless infamous Macdonell of Capt. Grant’s company, an old man upwards of fifty & the worst looking without exception, in the Regt. has married two women; has deeply diseased both so much so that, that one is in danger of her life; The whole officers join me in requesting that in addition to any…


Genre: Librario, Military History, Non-fiction, Scottish history
Subjects: Strathspey Fencibles

The Spirit of the Troops Is Excellent: The 6th (Morayshire) Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders, in the Great War, 1914-1919

The declaration of war against Germany on 4 August 1914 saw the Territorials of the 6th (Morayshire) Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders, mobilised for the first time in their history. After crossing to France in May 1915 the battalion fought with great distinction as part of the famous 51st (Highland) Division in the major battles of 1916,…


Genre: Librario, Military History, Non-fiction, Scottish history
Subjects: Elgin, Moray, Western Front Association, World War I

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

The Poet Chief: Alexander Robertson, 13th Struan, 1670-1749

In the spring of 1749, having made his peace with God, an old man was dying. His bed lay amid the remains of a burnt-out thatched cottage on the southern shore of Loch Rannoch in Perthshire. So was ending the life of Alexander Robertson, 13th of Struan, one of the most famous – some would…


Genre: Biography, Librario, Non-fiction, Scottish history
Subjects: Highlands, Jacobite, Loch Rannoch, Stuarts

The Last District Officer

Colonial District Officers were gazetted, warranted as Magistrates and Justices of the Peace, then posted to administer remote districts, sometimes the size of Wales, of which hardly anyone had heard. John Pitchford, possibly the last district officer, has written a historical and philosophical autobiography of rare variety. His gung-ho stories of lobotomised hippos, of cockroaches…


Genre: British history, Justice, Librario, Non-fiction, Politics
Subjects: atolls, British Colonial Service, British colonies, Central Africa, Central Pacific, colonial administration, Colonial district officer, Justice of the Peace, magistrates

The First Nurse: Ethel Bedford Fenwick

The life of Ethel Bedford Fenwick, written by Jenny Main, is a biography of one of the Nineteenth Century’s major reformers to whom the nursing profession owes an eternal debt of gratitude. Ethel was born Ethel Gordon Manson in the Morayshire town of Elgin in 1857. Unusually for someone of that era, Ethel had an…


Genre: British history, Health, Librario, Medicine, Non-fiction, Scottish history
Subjects: Barts, Elgin, International Congress of Nurses, Nursing, Reform, St Bartholomew’s, State Registered Nurses

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

Take Heart: A guide to coping with cardiac surgery for patients and their families

Time spent on a waiting list, however, short is a very stressful period when loneliness and worry may bedevil everyone concerned. Often there is a feeling that everything is out of one’s hands and nothing can be done to help. There is a very great deal that both patient and family can do to help…


Genre: Health, Librario, Medical, Non-fiction
Subjects: Cardiac, Heart, patients

Rivers Running Far: The Story of Those Who Went Away

Taking his own family as an example, Hugh Allison looks at the factors influencing the Scots’ immigration and identifies the questions with which anyone can begin to investigate their own forebears. Hugh Allison follows the stories of hundreds of emigrants, including some of his own extensive family, many of whom emigrated to Australia and America,…


Genre: Librario, Non-fiction, Scottish history
Subjects: diaspora, Emigration, migration

Patrick Sellar As A Young Man (1801-1810)

The mention of the name of Patrick Sellar arouses strong emotions among Highlanders everywhere symbolising as it does a chapter in Scottish history which has been remembered for well nigh two-hundred years. In 1814 Sellar, set about removing the crofters from his land in Sutherland in order to indulge his new found passion for sheep…


Genre: Biography, Librario, Non-fiction, Scottish history
Subjects: Elgin, Highland Clearances, Sutherland

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

Mr James Allan: The Journey of a Lifetime

James Allan (1670 – 1740) was a relentless traveller and a trenchant commentator whose life and writings offer unique insights into a crucial era of Scottish history. Now published for the first time, James Allan’s memoirs describe the formative years in the life of a man of prickly sensitivity, frenetic energy and uncompromising self-belief. The…


Genre: Librario, Non-fiction, Scottish history
Subjects: Aberdeenshire, Edinburgh, historical research, kirk, Politics, preaching, Prebyterianism, Ross, Scottish literature, Sutherland

Mountain Fever

In his innovative book, Paul Carpenter opens up to us six very different walking experiences. From the beautiful glens of Scotland’s historic mountains, scenes of many a battle, to the wild scenery of the Adirondacks and Norway Paul finds much to interest the walker. No journey is complete without meeting the locals and learning the…


Genre: Librario, Non-fiction, Outdoors, Scotland, Travel
Subjects: Adirondacks, Australia, legend, moutaineering, New Zealand, Norway

Mary Bryant, The Convict Girl: The Real Story…

The true story of ‘Convict Girl’ Mary Bryant is an astonishing tale of hardship and determination in the 18th century. Born Mary Broad in 1765; at the age of twenty Mary committed a minor felony. Such was the savagery of Britain’s judicial system that Mary was sentenced to seven years’ deportation to the new penal…


Genre: Australia, British history, Librario, Non-fiction
Subjects: Australia, Botany Bay, deportation, Timor

Last Boat For Africa

John Miller was one of the last four young administrative officers to be sent to Africa. In the twilight of The British Empire. He arrived in Swaziland in 1962 to take up a position in the British Colonial Service. For the next three years, his life was nothing if not varied as the Administration worked…


Genre: Africa, African history, Librario, Non-fiction, Politics
Subjects: animal conservation, British Colonial Service, British colonies, British Empire, independence, Sobhuza II, Swaziland, witchcraft

Jua Kali’s Voyage on the Jade Sea

The last of Africa’s great lakes to be mapped and the least known, Lake Turkana (formerly Lake Rudolph) is also the world’s wildest inland water. For reasons not yet understood, its southern half is lashed by gale-force winds on more days of the year than not. Remote and largely inaccessible, it presents challenges that the…


Genre: Africa, Librario, Non-fiction, Sailing, Travel
Subjects: Lake Rudolph, Lake Turkana, yacht

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