A Cameron Never Can Yield: A Prisoner of War’s Escape From Germany To Gibraltar

Gregor MacDonald, a native of the Isle of Harris, was recruited in the 4th Territorial Army Battalion of the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders in 1939. It was not long before the battalion was in the thick of action in France and the retreat and surrender of the 51st Highland Division at St Valery. Then a…


Genre: History, Librario, Military History, Non-fiction, Scottish history
Subjects: 4th Territorial Army Battalion, 51st Highland Division, Cameron Highlanders, Escape, Gibraltar, Harris, POW, Prisoner of war, Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, Spain, St Valery, Vichy, World War II, Zaragosa

A Sacred Cause: The Inter-Congolese Dialogue 2000-2003

In March 2000, Philip Winter was approached to act as Chef de Cabinet to the ex-President of Botswana, Sir Ketumile ‘Quett’ Masire, who had been selected to chair and facilitate the talks to which three main warring parties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo had agreed in the Lusaka Ceasefire Agreement in 1999. The…


Genre: African history, History, Librario, Modern History, Non-fiction, World history
Subjects: Botswana, conflict resolution, Congo, diplomacy, DRC, Lusaka, Sun City

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

Small Sparks Of Life

Two miscarriages found Lysanne Sizoo caught in a no-woman’s land where she felt neither the career woman, nor the mother-to-be. At first she was determined to solve her own problems until finally she found and accepted help from a local miscarriage support group. There was joy in meeting other women who were experiencing the same…


Genre: Librario, Non-fiction, Parenthood, Pregnancy
Subjects: Birth, Grief, Loss, Miscarriage

Plants, Poisons & Personalities

Take a look around your garden. Did you know that most likely many of those plants do not originate from this country? How did they get here? Which plants have drug-like or aphrodisiac qualities and can be used for medicinal (or perhaps poisonous) purposes? This book is a collection of essays about plants, their histories,…


Genre: Gardening, Horticulture, Librario, Non-fiction
Subjects: aphrodisiac, medicine, Plants, Poison

The Town Kirk: Hugh Playfair

Parish Minister and Master Builder. This collection of nineteen sermons written by Dr Patrick Macdonald Playfair, a greatly loved and admired man, is selected and introduced by his grandson Hugh Playfair. Elegantly constructed and written, they were primarily intended for the congregation of ‘The Town Kirk’ of St Andrews although they were preached on a…


Genre: Librario, Non-fiction, Religion, Scottish history
Subjects: Church of Scotland, General Assembly, Holy Trinity Church, Playfair, Rutger’s Presbyterian Church, Sermons, St Andrews

Fred The Head

In March 1971 an off-duty special police constable found the macabre remains of a body… The skull, protruding from the ground, revealed the skeleton of a man who had been violently murdered and buried in a shallow grave by the river Trent in Staffordshire. The naked body, except for a pair of pink socks and…


Genre: Crime, Librario, Non-fiction, True Crime
Subjects: crime, detective, Fred The Head, mystery, River Trent, Staffordshire, true crime, unsolved

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

The Last Colonial Regiment: The History of the Kenya Regiment (T.F.)

The Kenya Regiment was the last of a long line of British colonial militias. The book describes its evolution and short life, starting in 1937 and ending in 1963. In the Second World War, the regiment did not enter the field as a unit but provided Officers and NCOs for the far larger King’s African…


Genre: Librario, Military History, Non-fiction, World history
Subjects: British colonies, KAR, Kenya, Kenya Regiment, Mau Mau, World War II

Cawnpore To Cromar: The MacRoberts of Douneside

In the darkest days of World War II, Rachel MacRobert’s very personal challenge to the Nazis inspired the British public to battle on. Alone, without a husband by her side and mourning the loss of her three aviator sons, she travelled the country  to raise morale. But words were not enough: with boldness and imagination…


Genre: History, Librario, Military History, Non-fiction, Scottish history
Subjects: MacRobert, MacRobert’s Reply, Nazis, Rachel MacRobert, RAF, Sir Alexander MacRobert, Tarland, World War II

Tudor Johnny, City Architect of Aberdeen; The Life & Works of John Smith

By the author of The Life & Works of Archibald Simpson. John Smith – ‘Tudor Johnny’ – was born in 1781 to a master builder and architect in Aberdeen, the City over which he was to have a profound influence during his long career. Following in his father’s footsteps John entered the family business where…


Genre: Architecture, Librario, Non-fiction, Scotland, Scottish history
Subjects: Aberdeen, Archibald Simpson, Architecture, Scottish history, Tudor Johnny

The Story of the Lovat Scouts: 1900-1980 (with contributions to 2000)

This unique Regiment of Scouts was raised by Lord Lovat in 1900, mainly from Highland stalkers. Valiant, hardy and unorthodox, they and their successors distinguished themselves in two world wars. In a variety of roles they were always superb in fieldcraft, spying and reconnaissance. Today the Lovat Scouts cap badge is proudly worn by the…


Genre: Librario, Military History, Non-fiction, Scotland, Scottish history
Subjects: Army Cadet Force, Highlanders, Lord Lovat, Lovat Scouts, Northern Isles, Orkney Independent Cadet Battery, Royal Company of Archers, World War I, World War II

Scorpion On The Ceiling: A Scottish Colonial Family in South East Asia

SALTIRE AWARD NOMINATED Charles Martine arrived in Singapore in 1922 to work for the Borneo Company, one of the great UK-financed merchant venture companies of South East Asia. It was a golden era, with Singapore becoming one of the most successful multi-racial co-operatives that have ever been known. Later on, Charles and his wife Pat…


Genre: History, Librario, Military History, Non-fiction, World history
Subjects: Borneo Company, Changi Gaol, Double Tenth, Java, Pearl Harbour, Penang, Sarawak, Singapore, South East Asia, Vyner Brooke, White Rajahs, World War II

Frogs In The Well

Leslie Mallam was born in 1895 and served both within the British and Indian armies. But it was his expertise as an administrator in the Indian Political  Service for which he is remembered today. Leslie Mallam served in the 28th Punjabis in Waziristan, the 2nd Bengal Lancers and fought with the 27th Light Cavalry during…


Genre: Biography, History, Librario, Non-fiction, World history
Subjects: 27th Light Cavalry, Bengal Lancers, Deacon of Eckington, Diocese of Worcester, Frontier Province, Humayan Khan, India, Indian Political Service, Leslie Mallam, North West Frontier, Pakistan, Partition, Pathan, Punjab, Waziristan

An Upland Place: Further Writings from Elizabeth Macpherson

More of Elizabeth Macpherson’s writing, taken from the 1960s, is remembered in this second book following Leaning On A Gate, which recorded life on a small upland farm during the 1940s and 50s. Elizabeth took to writing after the death of her husband Ian in 1944 and her weekly column became a favourite in The…


Genre: History, Journalism, Librario, Non-fiction, Scotland
Subjects: farming, Highlands, Scotland
Illustrated by Joanne Yeadon

The Story Of Nethy Bridge

Whether you live in Nethy Bridge or are a visitor, this is the book for you. In 1810, Thomas Telford the famous Scottish engineer, designed the bridge over the river Nethy thus giving a name and easy access to the scattered settlement sheltering in the shadow of the Cairngorm mountains. Nethy Bridge, one of the…


Genre: History, Librario, Local history, Non-fiction
Subjects: Cairngorm, Highlands, Nethy Bridge, Thomas Telford

Scotland’s Heroes, Rembered & Forgotten

In this book, filled with colourful figures past and present, John Lindsey reveals the background of the many personalities honoured with a statue in their own country. With great historical accuracy and humour he takes the reader on a journey across Scotland, disclosing little-known facts about the figures of William Wallace, Andrew Carnegie as well…


Genre: Biography, History, Librario, Non-fiction, Scotland, Scottish history, Travel
Subjects: Carnegie, Desperate Dan, Grey Friars Bobby, Robert Burns, William Wallace

The Great Moray Floods of 1829

In spite of the floods caused by modern day global warming it is a fact that the greatest floods ever to have hit the North of Scotland occurred in August 1829. Heavy rains deluged the lands from Wick to the Grampian Mountains. A combination of drought, followed by freak weather conditions caused the rivers especially…


Genre: History, Librario, Local history, Non-fiction, Scotland, Scottish history
Subjects: Banff, Elgin, Grampian, Inverness, Moray

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

Terror Below The Wind: A Soldier’s Story; Borneo 1961 – 1964

This gripping book tells the story of a group of soldiers of The Queen’s Own Highlanders and their adventures during service in the Far East in the 1960s. During operations in Borneo and Malaya they were engaged in long border patrols and in anti-piracy patrols aimed at curbing their activities in the South China Sea.…


Genre: Faction, History, Librario, Military History, World history
Subjects: 1960s, Borneo, Brunei, Far East, Japan, Malaya, Queen’s Own Highlanders, Singapore, World War II

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

The Good Sir James: The Life of James Grant of Castle Grant

Life in the north of Scotland during the eighteenth century for most people, was rudimentary at best. The national government was remote and local government unheard of, leaving social organization to the community. James Grant of Grant was born at Castle Grant in 1738. On the death of his father Sir Ludovick in 1773, James…


Genre: Biography, History, Librario, Local history, Non-fiction, Scotland, Scottish history
Subjects: Age of Improvement, famine, French Revolution, Inverness, MP, Scotland, Seafield, Sir James Grant, Strathspey, Urquhart

Naught Escapes Us: The Story Of 206 Squadron

No 206 Squadron began its life with the formation of the Royal Air Force in April 1918. Like many other units, it was absorbed into the fledgling RAF from its previous existence as No 6 Squadron RNAS, formed in December 1916. This is the story of the unit from its early days in World War…


Genre: Librario, Military History, Non-fiction
Subjects: 206 Squadron, Aviation, Berlin Air Lift, Christmas Island, RAF, World War I, World War II

Side Trips

Following Gavin Dobson’s two books Tales of Free Spirit and The Novice, his third book of short stories recounts further exploits of his hero Geordie Kinloch, a fictional character based on observations and incidents in the author’s life. Reading Level: AdultsGenre: Fiction, Librario, Short storiesSeries: Geordie Kinloch |


Genre: Fiction, Librario, Short stories
Series: Geordie Kinloch |

The Price Of Redemption

When the large American financial group CSF appoints Mark Telford’s Appletree Capital Management in London to handle a large world-wide fund, the champagne flows in expectation of the fees this will generate. Euphoria is short-lived however, as the temptations of unbelievable wealth stoke the self-justifying ambitions of the players, in a world where amorality can…


Genre: Business, Fiction, Librario

Tales Of A Free Spirit

Tales of a Free Spirit is a collection of ten stories about Geordie Kinloch, a fictional character based on observations of people and incidents in the author’s life. We first meet Geordie when he arrives at boarding school in Edinburgh and follow him through his teenage years, first loves and travels in Europe and America.…


Genre: Fiction, Librario
Series: Geordie Kinloch |