A Rainbow In The Basement

Saltire Society First Book Award-nominatedLife & death, love & loss, hope & despair, belief & disbelief. A novel about a lot. Our lot. Magic is more than a word – something Matthew Ellis discovered when he was 12. It was the year he crossed an ocean. His mother told him it was for the best. He…


Genre: Fiction
Subjects: belief, death, disbelief, faith, life, Loss, love, magic, Scotland

Deepest Wounds

Book 3 in the mind-bending Craig McIntyre conspiracy thriller series. The past is a dangerous place. Craig McIntyre’s mere presence removes people’s inhibitions and turns their darkest thoughts into actions. As Craig McIntyre tries to escape bounty hunters from the Dark Web, he discovers that his details are linked to a clandestine government project. Might it…


Genre: Thriller
Series: Craig McIntyre conspiracy thrillers | Subjects: adventure, Canada, Craig McIntyre thriller series, Darkest Thoughts, espionage, Furthest Reaches, Politics, Psychological, Scotland, US

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

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

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

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 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

The Pioneer Flying Achievements of Preston Watson

AviationDundeeflyingOtto LillienthalPercy PilcherScotlandWright brothersAt the turn of the nineteenth century, what was to become the aviation industry was the preserve of a few enthusiastic amateurs whose ambition to be the first to fly like the birds bordered on obsession.  The Wright brothers in America, Otto Lillienthal, Percy Pilcher and others had brought matters to the cusp of success. Preston…


Genre: Aviation, Biography, History, Librario, Non-fiction
Subjects: Aviation, Dundee, flying, Otto Lillienthal, Percy Pilcher, Scotland, Wright brothers

No Lying Quiet

The year is 2000 and aunt Lily’s death is more than an occasion for family sorrow. Lily’s wartime past conceals a tale of violence and deception which becomes all the more threatening with her passing. As Jim Riach, her nephew, uncovers the clues to her life he is  confronted, by Guthrie, the malevolent Glasgow underworld…


Genre: Crime, Fiction, Historical, Librario
Subjects: crime, Inverness, Nova Scotia, Scotland, Underworld

Eighty Years In The Highlands: The Life & Times of Osgood H Mackenzie of Inverewe, 1842-1922

From 1863 Osgood Hanbury Mackenzie created and developed a garden at Inverewe, on the remote north-west coast of Scotland. It has become famous across the world for the variety and rarity of plants grown ‘in a region in which it had not been thought possible for them to exist’. However, few of the thousands of…


Genre: Gardening, History, Librario, Non-fiction
Subjects: 1800s, crofting, Gaelic, Gairloch, Gardening, Highlands, Inverewe, Landscape, Osgood Hanbury Mackenzie, Plants, Poolewe, Poor Law, Scotland, Wester Ross

McBurnie’s Awakening

When DI Jimmy McBurnie is knocked back for promotion he is sure he is being ‘black balled’ for denying he witnessed his DCI assault an inexperienced senior officer. He can only take his mind off what he sees as injustice by becoming even more obsessed with his work. Utilising his stable of touts – the…


Genre: Crime, Detective, Fiction, Olida, Tartan noir
Series: DI Jimmy McBurnie novels | Subjects: Policing, Scotland

Penance

Debut crime fiction from one of the BBC’s best-known voices. From Ireland to Scotland. From life to death. Oonagh O’Neil has a challenge on her hands – and her head over a toilet bowl. TV journalist and media darling Oonagh O’Neil faces danger and chaos when an elderly priest dies on the altar of his…


Genre: Crime, Fiction, Sociological, Strident
Subjects: crime, Glasgow, journalism, Magdalene Institution, religion, Scotland, TV

This Is What I Look Like

From Traffic & Travel to Lulu, Andy Williams & Glen Campbell…via Beechgrove & the BBC Comedy Unit. Joyful, hilarious tales from one of Scotland’s best known voices – the antidote to misery memoirs. “It’s fun being me. Loads of people know what I sound like, but hardly anyone recognises me.” Theresa Talbot – ‘TT’ to many…


Genre: Celebrity, Humour, Memoir, Non-fiction, Strident
Subjects: Andy Williams, BBC, Beechgrove, Chickens, Christmas, Comedy, Family, Gardening, Glasgow, Glen Campbell, Humour, Journey, Lulu, Radio, Scotland, self-awareness, traffic, travel

For the Good of the Cause

For The Good of the Cause explodes the romanticism of The Skye Boat Song in a bold fictionalisation of the events that inspired it. It gives an insight into why people follow leaders…sometimes regardless of their flaws. Young Flora MacDonald is no Jacobite rebel. Nor is she an admirer of the Jacobites’ fugitive leader, Bonnie Prince…


Genre: Adventure, Faction, Historical, Strident
Subjects: Bonnie Prince Charlie, Culloden, Flora MacDonald, Jacobites, rebellion, Scotland, Skye, uprising

DarkIsle: The Final Battle

(DarkIsle trilogy, book 3) All seems well in Marnoch Mor. Bertie the dodo, Aldis the rat and Shona the dragon are looking forward to a relaxing Christmas. However, Morag is having bad dreams -an old enemy is trying to reach her. And when another former foe turns up on her doorstep it is clear something…


Genre: Adventure, Animals, Fantasy, Fiction, Humour, Strident
Series: DarkIsle trilogy | Subjects: demons, Dragons, Irvine, Oban, Scotland

DarkIsle: Resurrection

Book 2 in the trilogy begun by Scottish Children’s Book-winner DarkIsle. Two months after she saved The Eye of Lornish, Morag is adjusting to life in the secret northern kingdom of Marnoch Mor. But dark dreams are troubling her and a spate of unexplained events prove that even with the protection of her friends—Shona the dragon, Bertie the…


Genre: Adventure, Animals, Fantasy, Fiction, Humour, Strident
Series: DarkIsle trilogy | Subjects: demons, Dragons, Irvine, Oban, Scotland

DarkIsle

Scottish Children’s Book Awards winner(DarkIsle trilogy, book 1) For 10-year-old Morag, there’s nothing magical about the cellar of her cruel foster parents’ home. But that’s where she meets Aldiss, a talking rat, and his resourceful companion, Bertie the dodo. She jumps at the chance to run away and join them on their race against time…


Genre: Adventure, Animals, Fantasy, Fiction, Humour, Strident
Series: DarkIsle trilogy | Subjects: demons, Dragons, Irvine, Oban, Scotland