ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: August 16, 2011
By (author) Gary Smailes; Illustrated by Scoular Anderson
Gary Smailes explores the darker side of Scottish history in this entertaining and informative book, written for children from 9-12. Featuring 25 true stories from the sixteenth century to the present day, Scottish Criminals introduces a motley crew of Scots (as well as a couple of heroes who might not have been so heroic after all), who have made their infamous mark in history – from pirates and murderers to thieves, outlaws and even cannibals. All are vividly brought to life by award-winning children’s illustrator Scoular Anderson.
Gary Smailes studied for a master’s degree in Military History before working as a researcher with Horrible Histories writer Terry Deary. He has written eight books on Modern Heroes for Waverley Books and four books about world-famous battles for Franklin Watts. As well as writing, Gary also runs BubbleCow, as company which helps fellow writers get published. He lives in Cheshire. Scoular Anderson has been writing and illustrating children’s books for twenty years. With over 70 books in print he is one of Britain’s most prolific children’s authors. For Birlinn he has written and illustrated the bestselling 1314 And All That and 1745 And All That. He lives near Dunoon.