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This autumn we have more books being released than ever before. As ever, BooksfromScotland is here to highlight the best new releases and brilliant independent publishing in Scotland. Our publishers have much to offer, including fiction, childrens’ books and non-fiction that will make you see Scotland anew, to stories and ideas from around the world, showcasing our publishers’ international outlook. We’re sure you’ll find something here to delight, inspire, provoke and entertain!
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If you’re looking for . . . FANTASTIC FICTION



Whirligig, Andrew James Greig
Published by Fledgling Press, £9.99

Shortlisted for 2020 William McIllvanney Prize for Crime Fiction
Longlisted for the 2020 CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award

Whirligig is a tartan noir like no other; an exposé of the corruption pervading a small Highland community and the damage this inflicts on society’s most vulnerable.



The Shadow King, Maaza Mengiste
Published by Canongate Books, £16.99

Longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize for Fiction

This is an utterly captivating novel about female strength. Set during Mussolini’s 1935 invasion of Ethiopia, The Shadow King casts a light on the women soldiers written out of African history.

‘A MASTERPIECE’Washington Post


Dead Girls, Selva Almada
Published by Charco Press, £9.99
Translated by Annie McDermott

Almada narrates the case of three small-town teenage girls murdered in Argentina in the 1980’s. This is not a police chronicle, although there is an investigation. This is not a thriller, although there is mystery and suspense. The real noir element of Dead Girls lies in the heart of the women described here and of the men that have abused them. With her unique style of prose that captures the invisible, and with lyrical brutality, Almada manages to blaze new trails in this kind of journalistic fiction.




Marriage, Susan Ferrier
Published by ASLS, £14.95

Susan Ferrier has been described as the ‘Scottish Jane Austen’, and Marriage is her best-known novel, a witty and satirical examination of female lives in the Regency era.

This edition, edited and introduced by Dorothy McMillan captures the humour, sensitivity and elegance of the original bestselling novel, and gives Ferrier her proper place among Scotland’s notable writers.



Bloody Scotland, Various Authors
Published by Historic Environment Scotland, £8.99

In Bloody Scotland, twelve of Scotland’s best crime writers use the sinister side of the country’s historical landmarks in stories that are by turns gripping, chilling and redemptive.

Stellar contributors Val McDermid, Chris Brookmyre, Denise Mina, Ann Cleeves, Louise Welsh, Lin Anderson, Gordon Brown, Doug Johnstone, Craig Robertson, E S Thomson, Sara Sheridan and Stuart MacBride explore the thrilling potential of Scotland’s iconic buildings, statues and locations.

Diverted Traffic, Avril Duncan
Published by Tippermuir, £8.99

Set in Amsterdam, India, and Edinburgh, Diverted Traffic tells the story of Suman, a nine-year-old girl who is stolen from her village in India, trafficked and taken to work in the sex industry in Amsterdam.

The author uses her own experience of working with the victims of human trafficking and sexual slavery in Pune, Maharashtra to give us a novel packed with emotion, excitement and detailed knowledge of poverty in rural India and counterfeit Scotch whisky – strange and uncomfortable bedfellows until the story’s triumphal end.


Vargamäe, A H Tammsaare
Published by Vagabond Voices

Translated by Inna Feldbach and Alan Peter Trei

This monumental work by Estonia’s greatest writer is a European classic which has for too long been neglected in the English-speaking world, and tells the story of how Tsarist Estonia developed into the First Republic through the experiences of one family who struggle through poverty first in the country and then the city.



Alindarka’s Children, Alhierd Bacharevevič
Published by Scotland Street Press, £11.99

Alindarka’s Children is a contemporary novel about a brother and a sister interned in a camp. Here children are taught to forget their own language and speak the language of the colonizer, aided by the use of drugs as well as surgery on the larynx to cure the ‘illness’ of using the Belarusian language.




Gears of Change, Anthony Laken
Published by Luna Press Publishing, £9.99

Book III of the Infinity Machine Trilogy

In the shadow of a dark prophecy, the final game is set to determine the fate of the Estrian empire. Lady Bellina Ressa has gone through the twelve hells and back to retrieve a book – the key to bringing the bloody reign of Marmossa to an end. Now, she gathers her army: a newly awakened mage, one with Amlith’s blood, a healer, a warrior, a scholar, a thief, a father, a lover, and a fallen king.

But as different destinies intertwine, the mission begins to falter.


Blessed Assurance, Stewart Ennis
Published by Vagabond Voices, £9.95

Blessed Assurance is a coming of age novel set against the backdrop of a close-knit evangelical community in the fictional Scottish village of Kilhaugh. We follow God-fearing dog-thief and pyromaniac, 11 year-old Joseph Kirkland, and his godless, devil-may-care best friend, Archie Truman, as Joseph attempts to put right what he believes to be the most terrible of lies. With a cast of colourful characters, Blessed Assurance is an exploration of family, friendship, faith, loneliness and grief, and the compromises that sometimes have to be made to remain part of our community.


Euphorion, Oliver Thomson
Published by Sparsile Books, £9.99

Ancient Athens. War and Betrayal. Love and Murder.

2500 years ago, a man called Euphorion was born in Greece. he was witness to some of the most glorious episodes of ancient Athens, the wars, the crimes, and the political intrigues; he expected war, hoped for love and found murder and betrayal on his doorstep instead.



Ramifications, Daniel Saldana Paris
Published by Charco Press, £9.99

Translated by Christina McSweeney

A thirty-two-year old man can’t get out of bed or leave his apartment. All he can do is recall his life so far, dissect it, write it, gathering all the memories around what would mark his existence forever: his mother’s departure in the summer of 1994, when he was only ten, so that she could join the Zapatista uprising that was shaking up the whole country. A bone chilling, exacting portrait of a hypersensitive childhood with an unforgettable protagonist.




If you’re looking for . . . TREATS FOR CHILDREN


The Animal Atlas of Scotland, illustrated by Anders Frang
Published by Floris Books, £12.99

Meet the amazing animals of Scotland in this beautiful gift book, packed full of fun facts, vibrant illustrations and maps showing where to spot these wonderful creatures — from puffins and basking sharks to endangered wildcats.




Fairy Tales for Brave Children, illustrated by Scott Plumbe
Published by Floris Books, £14.99

From wicked queens and fearsome beasts to sneaky witches and terrible giants, this atmospherically illustrated collection of darkly magical fairy tales gathers together stories of children who show true courage and face their fears.

Includes classic fairy tales such as Hansel and Gretel, The Selfish Giant and Beauty and the Beast.


Two Pups, Seona Calder
Published by Sparsile Books, £4.99

In this delightful picture book on an unlikely friendship, artist and writer, Seona Calder, invites us to embrace our differences while celebrating what we have in common.



The Night Walk, Marie Dorléans
Published by Floris Books, £12.99

The dreamy story of a family’s exciting journey through the night. Beautiful and evocative, this award-winning picture book celebrates the importance of family time and the awe-inspiring power of the natural world.

  • The rich, atmospheric illustrations brilliantly evoke a night-time journey through sleepy streets and rugged, beautiful countryside, and won the prestigious Prix Landerneau, in the best children’s picture book category, in France.



Now That Night is Here, Astrid Lindgren
Published by Floris Books, £12.99

It’s bedtime, and in the countryside, everyone is getting ready for sleep. But a curious cat isn’t tired just yet. This peaceful bedtime story by Astrid Lindgren is brought to life with luminous artwork by award-winning illustrator Marit Törnqvist.




Tumshie, Mark Mechan
Published by Waverley Books, £7.99

It’s Halloween! And old traditions meet the new in Tumshie.

Set today in Scotland, Tumshie is a beautiful illustrated story of a father and his son making old fashioned Halloween lanterns and a costume like Elliot’s dad used to make when he was a boy. No off the rack costumes here!


Strange Visitor, Renita Boyle
Published by Curly Tale Books, £9.99

In a cottage in the woods on a cold, dark night an old woman sat by the fireside. She rocked and rocked and sipped her tea and wished she had some company. The wind blew. The doors creaked. In came…

The twitchy tale of a wily old woman, wide-eyed cat, wild weather and the weird appearance of a very strange visitor.



The House of Clouds, Lisa Thompson
Published by Barrington Stoke, £6.99

Tabby’s fed up. Fed up with losing her best friend and fed up that Grandad has come to stay. Grandad’s always telling the same old silly, made-up stories. But when Tabby spots something strange, her grandad reveals yet another fantastical story, and it’s only when tragedy strikes that Tabby wonders … could Grandad’s impossible tale be true?

A charming, magical tale that encourages to see wonder all around us.



The Invasion of Crooked Oak, Dan Smith
Published by Barrington Stoke, £6.99

Something sinister is happening in Crooked Oak …

Ever since the fracking site closed, Nancy’s parents have been acting weird. Their eyes are blank, they won’t eat – it’s like they’re no longer themselves. Nancy and her friends Pete and Krish are determined to find out what’s going on. But the deeper they dig, the scarier the mystery gets. A dark presence is spreading its tendrils across Crooked Oak. Can they stop it before it takes over the whole town?



Aboard the Bulger, Ann Scott-Moncrieff
Published by Scotland Street Press, £9.99

In this childrens’ classic tale of derring-do, first released in the 1930s, five children escape from a Children’s Home, run away and steal a boat. They set sail to the Outer Hebrides for an unforgettable adventure.





After the War, Tom Palmer
Published by Barrington Stoke, £6.99

The Second World War is finally over and Yossi, Leo and Mordecai are among three hundred children who arrive in the English Lake District. Having survived the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps, they’ve finally reached a place of safety and peace, where they can hopefully begin to recover.

But Yossi is haunted by thoughts of his missing father and disturbed by terrible nightmares. Will life by the beautiful Lake Windermere be enough to bring hope back into all their lives?



The Otherwhere Emporium, Ross Mackenzie
Published by Floris Books, £7.99
  • The gripping conclusion to the highly-acclaimed Nowhere Emporium series.

The mysterious Nowhere Emporium has appeared once more, and is under the control of a menacing figure in a top hat who calls himself Vindictus Sharpe. Who is he? And where is the Emporium’s rightful owner, Daniel? Something sinister is lurking in this place of hidden wonders. . .



Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, Tanya Landman
Published by Barrington Stoke, £7.99

When Cathy’s father brings Heathcliff, a filthy beggar boy, home to Wuthering Heights, she loses her heart to him. Cathy and Heathcliff are not destined for an easy life or a happy ending. Yet theirs is a love that defies everything: pain, punishment, disaster, even death. . .

Powerfully retold from Cathy’s point of view in this stunning new edition from Carnegie Medal-winning author Tanya Landman, Wuthering Heights is the tragic story of a passionate, obsessive love.



Clockwork Dragon, Elizabeth Priest
Published by Luna Press Publishing, £9.99

Book IV of the Troutespond series

Tanya, Alana, Teb and Ally are celebrating their exam results and planning for an exciting future ahead. Trouble is, a secret cult of red-robed figures is skulking around town, the Piper has been banished, the dead are reappearing, and being volunteered for human sacrifice seems to be the order of the day. Can they save themselves and their summer plans?




If you’re looking for . . . PLEASURES AND PASTIMES


Antlers of Water, edited by Kathleen Jamie
Published by Canongate, £20.00

The first ever collection of contemporary Scottish writing on nature and landscape, Antlers of Water showcases the diversity and radicalism of new Scottish nature writing today.

Edited, curated and introduced by the award-winning Kathleen Jamie, this inspiring collection takes us from walking to wild swimming, from red deer to pigeons and wasps, from remote islands to back gardens.



Checkpoint: How Video Games Power Up Minds, Kick Ass and Save LivesCheckpoint, Joe Donnelly
Published by 404 Ink, £9.99

Inspired by his own experience navigating depression following a tragic personal loss, Checkpoint reflects on the comforting and healing effect that entering into new digital worlds and narratives can have on mental health both personally and on a wider scale.

Through exclusive, in-depth interviews with video game developers, health professionals, charities and gamers alike, Joe makes the case for the vital value of gaming culture.



If Rivers Could Sing, Keith Broomfield
Published by Tippermuir Books, £9.99

Rivers have captivated wildlife writer Keith Broomfield since childhood and in this personal Scottish river wildlife journey, he delves deeper into his own local river to explore its abundant wildlife and to get closer to its beating heart.

If Rivers Could Sing is a book for all who love wildlife, wild places, and Scotland’s natural heritage.



A Kind of Magic, Jonathan Melville
Published by Polaris Publishing, £16.99

The story of an immortal Scottish warrior battling evil down through the centuries, Highlander fused a high-concept idea with the kinetic energy of a pop promo pioneer and Queen’s explosive soundtrack to become a cult classic.

Author Jonathan Melville looks back at the creation of Highlander with the help of more than 60 cast and crew, including stars Christopher Lambert and Clancy Brown, as well as Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor, and takes the readers from London, to New York, and, of course, the Scottish Highlands.



A Play, a Pie and a Pint, edited by Morag Fullerton & April Chamberlain
Published by Salamander Street, £17.99

If you’re missing watching this staple of Scotland’s theatre scene, then this collection of six plays is the the next best thing. This first volume includes the scripts for the following plays:

– Toy Plastic Chicken (Uma Nada-Rajah)
– A Respectable Widow Takes to Vulgarity (Douglas Maxwell)
– Chic Murray: A Funny Place for A Window (Stuart Hepburn)
– Ida Tampson (Denise Mina)
– Jocky Wilson Said (Jane Livingstone and Jonathan Cairney)
– Do Not Press This Button (Alan Bissett)

Cherished Plan, David Gray
Published by Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, £8.00

Cherished Plan celebrates RBGE at Benmore and the desire to commemorate Sir Isaac Bayley Balfour, a renowned academic, botanist and visionary. Scratch a little deeper and it becomes clear that his modest memorial building Puck’s Hut, encapsulates and reflects a wide range of developments in Scotland’s environmental awareness over the past 150 years. A thought-provoking work on those interested in nature, climate change and land access.




A Vulture Landscape, Ian Parsons
Published by Whittles Publishing, £17.99

A Vulture Landscape is more than just a book about vultures, in the same way that these majestic flyers are more than just birds. A calendar year in the lives of these gargantuan raptors is explored as they live, breed, feed and fly with effortless ease across the skies of the vulture landscape that is Extremadura in central Spain.




The Ring Ouzel, Vic Fairbrother & Ken Hutchinson
Published by Whittles Publishing, £21.95

Using vivid extracts from field notebooks, and illustrated with photographs as well as paintings and sketches by wildlife artist Jonathan Pomroy, the reader is transported to the beautiful North York Moors National Park to witness these creatures’ circle of life. We can share in the excitement as the first Ring Ouzels of the year return from their winter quarters in North Africa, witness their courtship displays, the establishment of territories, nest building, and the laying and hatching of Ouzel eggs.



Gears for Queers, Abigail Melton & Lilith Cooper
Published by Sandstone Press, £8.99

Keen to see some of Europe, queer couple Lilith and Abigail get on their old bikes and start pedalling. Along flat fens and up Swiss Alps, they will meet new friends and exorcise old demons as they push their bodies – and their relationship – to the limit.





Everything Passes, Everything Remains, Chris Dolan
Published by Saraband, £9.99

How would any of us feel if we could meet our 16-year-old selves, a ghost on the road? This book is a confluence of journeys, made by Chris, his friends, and writers before him – especially Laurie Lee – in a kind of travelogue that contemplates history, memory, friendship, loss, music and writing. It’s a love letter to Spain’s poets and its history, from the Inquisition to the Civil War and to its current ‘interesting times’.




Cricket 2.0, Tim Wigmore & Freddie Wilde
Published by Polaris Publishing, £14.99

The 2020 Wisden Book of the Year
The Telegraph Sports Book Awards’ Cricket Book of Year 2020

Using exclusive interviews with over 80 leading players and coaches – including Jos Buttler, Ricky Ponting, Kieron Pollard, Eoin Morgan, Brendon McCullum and Rashid Khan – Tim Wigmore and Freddie Wilde chronicle this revolution with insight, forensic analysis and story-telling verve.



A Journey in Landscape Restoration, Philip & Myrtle Ashmole
Published by Whittles Publishing, £18.99

Carrifran Wildwood was the brainchild of local people who mourned the lack of natural habitats and decided to act. When Borders Forest Trust was founded the Wildwood became the Trust’s first large land-based project, and after 20 years of work it has become an inspirational example of ecological restoration.

The 40 contributors vividly describe all the challenges of carrying forward bold initiatives requiring close cooperation with local communities as well as funders, authorities, landowners and partners. This is the extraordinary story of how a group of motivated people can revive nature at a landscape scale.



If you’re looking for . . . INSIGHT FOR THE WORLD WE’RE IN


The Basic Income Pocketbook, Annie Miller
Published by Luath Press, £9.99

The issue of a Universal Basic Income has shot to the forefront of people’s minds as the COVID-19 pandemic has affected job security in many sectors. This innovative book provides a new perspective on Basic Income – a regular, unconditional payment to every citizen resident in the country. Rigorously researched and concisely communicated, this guide will appeal to academics and policy makers, as well as to the general reader who is concerned about the current state of social security in the UK.




Authentic Democracy, Dan McKee
Published by Tippermuir, £9.99

This accessible and thought-provoking guide unpacks the arguments and assumptions that justify our current political order, demonstrating that the existing political frameworks are in fact highly undemocratic; and that anarchism is what authentic democracy looks like.




Sleepless, Anders Bortne
Published by Sandstone Press, £7.99

Translated by Lucy Moffatt

Anders Bortne enjoys a good life in Oslo.

Happily married with two delightful children, he works as a speechwriter and has a cartoon strip in the newspaper. But Anders has been sleepless for sixteen years and it’s taking a toll. No remedy has gone untested; not one has worked. Perhaps the solution to his insomnia is closer than he thinks…


Bleak, R M Murray
Published by Saraband Books, £9.99

Roddy Murray has something to say. About a life full of mishaps, varied and various. Brushes with death he’d like to recount, truths and untruths he’d like to get off his chest. He’s no celebrity, but he has stories to tell. So this is a memoir… of sorts.

Roddy Murray is the embodiment of an essential human survival skill: our ability to laugh in the face of adversity, or even just embarrassment.



Living for Eternity, Kate Patterson
Published by Muddy Pearl, £12.99

What could be more important than knowing the Eternal God? In Living for Eternity, Kate Patterson explores what it means to be ‘eternally minded’ – living with a long view, keeping our eyes set on the eternal life we were made for – and how that reality has the power to transform our lives now.

Unveiling the freedom that being eternally minded brings, Living for Eternity encourages us to live fearlessly, even in life’s most difficult and grief-filled moments.



Stolen Lives, Louise Hulland
Published by Sandstone Press, £11.99

136,000 people in the UK are in some form of slavery. This is big business, generating more than £120 billion annually for criminal organisations across the world.

Stolen Lives examines trafficking and slavery in Britain, hearing from those on the front line. Powerful and moving testimony from survivors reveals the individual stories behind the headlines from terror to freedom and independence.



Why Men Win at Work, Gill Whitty-Collins
Published by Luath Press, £14.99

If women have equal leadership ability, why are they so under-represented at the top in business and society?

In this provocative book, Gill Whitty-Collins looks beyond the facts and figures on gender bias and uncovers the invisible discrimination that continues to sabotage us in the workplace and limits our shared success. Addressing both men and women and pulling no punches, she sets out the psychology of gender diversity from the perspective of real personal experience and shares her powerful insights on how to tackle the gender equality issue.



Negative Capability, Michèle Roberts
Published by Sandstone Press, £8.99

Following a series of devastating rejections, Michèle Roberts began keeping an account of her life in the hope it might help mend her shattered sense of self. In this intimate and wryly honest journal she reflects on cities and countryside, loss and love, food, friendships, sisterhood, pleasure and memories, her abiding relationship with France and with literature – and in doing so reconciles her inner life with her outer world.




Where are the Women? Sara Sheridan
Published by Historic Environment Scotland, £16.99

For most of recorded history, women have been sidelined, if not silenced, by men who named the built environment after themselves. Now is the time to look unflinchingly at our heritage and bring those women who have been ignored to light.

Where are the women? They’ve been here all along…

Can you imagine a different Scotland, a Scotland where women are commemorated in statues and streets and buildings – even in the hills and valleys? This is a guidebook to that alternative nation, where the cave on Staffa is named after Malvina rather than Fingal, and Arthur’s Seat isn’t Arthur’s, it belongs to St Triduana. . .


Scotland’s History, Fiona Watson
Published by Historic Environment Scotland, £9.99

Scotland’s vibrant and bloody past captures the imagination, but there is far more to Scottish history than murder and mayhem, tragedy and betrayal.

In this book, writer and historian Fiona Watson looks back across thousands of years into the lives of kings and queens, nobles and churchfolk, peasants and townspeople, capturing the critical moments – from the Picts to Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Battle of Bannockburn – revealing the truth behind the myths.

Who Built Scotland? Various authors
Published by Historic Environment Scotland, £9.99

Who Built Scotland is a landmark exploration of Scotland’s social, political and cultural histories.. Writers Kathleen Jamie, Alexander McCall Smith, Alistair Moffat, James Robertson and James Crawford pick twenty-five buildings to tell the story of the nation.

Travelling across the country, from abandoned islands and lonely glens to the heart of our modern cities, these five authors seek out the diverse narrative of the Scottish people.


Tailored for Scotland, Deirdre Kinloch Anderson
Published by Waverley Books, £20.00

Tailored for Scotland is a fully illustrated book that tells the story of the legendary Edinburgh family business Kinloch Anderson, tailors and kiltmakers who hold the Royal Warrants of Appointment. For over 150 years Kinloch Anderson has succeeded in business, design and Scottish fashion, and played a key role in the story of tartan. It’s a fascinating story of how a family business became a global brand.




In Touch With Language, Edwin Morgan
Published by ASLS, £24.95

Edwin Morgan (1920–2010) is one of the giants of modern literature. Scotland’s national poet from 2004 to his death, throughout his long life he produced an astonishing variety of work, from the playful to the profound.

This book presents his prose; essays, journalism, book and theatre reviews, drama and radio scripts, forewords and afterwords – all carefully moulded to the needs of differing audiences. Morgan’s writing fizzes with clarity and verve: the topics range from Gilgamesh to Ginsberg, from cybernetics to sexualities, from international literatures to the changing face of his home city of Glasgow.



Hadithi, Eugen Bacon & Milton Davis
Published by Luna Press Publishing, £12.99

Hadithi features seven short stories of ancestry, soul, continuity, discontinuity as well as steampunk, cyberfunk and a dieselfunk superhero story set in the ‘20s, together with a scholarly dialogue on the global state of black speculative fiction. Hadithi offers a compelling afrofuturistic diversity from two curious, fearless writers unafraid to cross the borders of reality, representation and imagination.







Amazed by Jesus, Simon Ponsoby
Published by Muddy Pearl, £14.99

Following the life of Jesus from the crib to the cross, to the resurrection and the promise that he will come again, Simon Ponsonby explores what this person and this life means for us today. Emphasising both the humanity and divinity of Jesus, Ponsonby showcases what is so amazing about Jesus, helping readers to rediscover their awe and wonder again.





Coorie In, Hera McCleuch
Published by The Wee Book Company, £5.99

The perfect stocking filler for those who like cosiness and couthy, Scots humour.

Park yersel doon in yer favr’ite spot an leaf through thae wee A tae Z Scots poems
a’ aboot the muckle great joys o’ bidin a’ hame. Wharratreat!





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