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

I Remember It Well: Fifty Years of Colonial Service Personal Reminiscences

Life in the Colonial Service was varied, sometimes dangerous, often hilarious but never dull. Members of the Overseas Service Pensioners’ Association served the Crown in far-flung territories both before and after World War II. Their reminiscences were published in whole or in part from time to time in the Association’s biannual Journal, the Overseas Pensioner.…


Genre: British history, History, Librario, Non-fiction
Subjects: British colonies

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 The Far Haaf to the Sma’ Half

Life on the Shetland Isles in the 19th century was harsh and unforgiving. Crippling tenancy agreements, poor living conditions and ferocious weather forced many families to wave goodbye to their children who left in search of a better way of life on the mainland. This book tells the story of one such family. It offers…


Genre: Librario, Non-fiction, Scottish history
Subjects: Business, crofting, Shetland, whiskey

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

Creswell

For the first time well known Scottish cartoonist, Creswell, has published a book of her best-selling cartoons. Today, many a Creswell cartoon hangs in the smallest room and elsewhere. Her depiction of Scottish country life not only captures the stereotypical view of Highlanders at home and at play, but always there is more than a…


Genre: Cartoon, Librario, Scotland
Subjects: country life, countryside, Creswell, Highlanders, Scottish Field, The Herald

Claw Of The Eagle

The Sea Empress, a vast and imposing oil rig, strands dominant waters off Scotland’s East Coast. It is seen as a political coup and economic boost for the recently devolved and fledgling government, however a far more ominous reason lies behind its arrival in Scottish waters. It is owned by Kurdish terrorist and millionaire Zak…


Genre: Fiction, Librario, Thriller
Subjects: Iran, Kurds, Politics, Scotland, terrorism

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

Banagi Hill: A Game Warden’s Africa

When, in 1949, John Blower arrived to take up the post of Assistant Conservator of Forests in Tanganyika, he received a terse note of welcome from his new chief saying “take over Southern Province”. He was not to meet him for another twelve months. It was an appointment which led to a remarkable life in…


Genre: African history, Conservation, Librario, Non-fiction
Subjects: East Africa, forest, game, General Kago, Kenya, Mau Mau, poaching, safari, Sudan, Tanganyika, wildlife

Ancient River Bending: Through India To The Source Of The Ganges

The Ancient River, the Ganges, holds a physical and mystical fascination for all who visit India. Travellers over the centuries have been drawn to its sacred waters and many westerners have attempted to describe the river which itself symbolises the enigma that is India. Charles Clark records his journey to the source of the Ganges…


Genre: Librario, Non-fiction, Travel
Subjects: Dlhi, Ganges, Gaumukh, India, rivers, Tibet

An Island In The Autumn: How The Gilbert And Ellice Islands Gained Independence

In 1970, after serving nearly twenty years in Nigeria, John Smith returned to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office ready for a fresh assignment as a Commomwealth administrator. The ‘powers that be’ assured him that they would find him ‘an island in the autumn’. The posting turned out to be that of Financial Secretary of the…


Genre: Librario, Modern History, Non-fiction, Politics, World history
Subjects: British colonies, Commonwealth, FCO, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Gilbert and Ellice Islands, independence, Nigeria, Soloman Islands

An Impossible Dream: East Africa’s Game Departments

An account of the East African Game Departments is told through the eyes and memories of Game Wardens who have each written of their experiences with the Department during the last half of the twentieth century. Tragedy, farce and hardship are mixed in equal measure with a real concern for the animals well-being, as well…


Genre: African history, Conservation, Environment, Librario, Non-fiction
Subjects: BBC Wildlife, East Africa, game warden, ivory poaching, Kenya, Kenya Game Department, lions, Nairobi

Almost A Hero

Almost A Hero is the personal account of an ordinary private in the Royal Marines, detailing his experiences from the abortive attempt to halt the German invasion in Crete in 1941, to his subsequent four year incarceration in a German prisoner of war camp. Alex Clark spent most of his war not having the faintest…


Genre: History, Librario, Military History, Non-fiction
Subjects: 1941, Crete, Duke of Edinburgh, POW, Royal Marines, World War II

Admiral Edward Russell & The Rise of British Naval Supremacy

For many people the name of Edward Russell (1653 – 1727) strikes few chords of recognition, even though his influence on naval history can scarcely be overestimated. In this first book devoted to Admiral Russell, David West brings us the background and achievements of a man without whom the course o f British History would…


Genre: British history, History, Librario, Military History, Naval, Non-fiction
Subjects: Admiral Edward Russell, Navy

For What We Are About To Receive: Recipes From Glenda Gordon Barrie

They used to queue round the block to eat at Glenda’s restaurant in Putney, London. She has cooked all over the country for all sorts of people. These are recipes born of experience. They really work, with simple, straightforward ingredients that are presented with warmth and love. The recipes are interspersed with anecdotes from Glenda’s colourful life, so you’ll be entertained you while you cook! Reading…


Genre: Cookery, Librario, Non-fiction
Subjects: Entertaining, recipes

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 Two-Year Wonder: The Kenya Police 1953-1955

Following the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya, a State of Emergency was declared in September 1953. Twelve hundred police officers, mainly from Britain, were appointed on two-year contracts as assistant inspectors then inspectors in an effort to bring stability to the colony. The Security Forces were portrayed in an unfavourable light in Britain, this fascinating…


Genre: African history, Librario, Modern History, Non-fiction, World history
Subjects: Africa, British colonies, Kenya, Mau Mau

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