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The Edinburgh Literary Companion
The Edinburgh Literary Companion takes the reader on a journey through the city, from the numerous wynds and closes of the Old Town to the elegant and spacious New Torn, the University Quarter and Edinburgh's villages. Linking the city's literary past and present, the book is a fascinating portrait of a vibrant, cultural capital as seen and recorded by writers through the centuries.
A Traveller's History of Scotland
This brief history of Scotland through the 1990s is wide-ranging, accessible and necessarily condensed. With a useful chronology, a list of monarchs and a historical gazetteer, this book marches confidently through the centuries.
Scotland, A Very Short Introduction
Covering everything from the Jacobites to the modern economy, this brisk account ranges over 1,000 years of society, culture, politics and religion.
Stone Voices, The Search for Scotland
Ascherson writes with verve and insight on the centuries-old impulse toward nationhood in Scotland in this absorbing portrait.
Edinburgh, Mapping the City
This collection of 80 visually stunning maps displays 500 years of Edinburghian and Scottish history. Christopher Fleet, from the National Library of Scotland and the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, selected each for its political, social and geographic importance.
Edinburgh, A Cultural History
A literary, cultural guide to the art, architecture, traditions and history of Edinburgh. Campbell reveals the many dimensions to this fascinating meeting place between Protestantism and bohemianism.
Leading travelers away from crowds, the Secret Guide series favors the underground, the funky, the unusual and the highly memorable. In this Edinburgh edition, the editors recommend hidden gardens, traces of the Great Exhibition, a tiny frog sculpture and plenty of other local curiosities.
Eyewitness Guide Scotland
This compact, illustrated travel guide features color photography, excellent maps and a region-by-region synopsis of Scotland's attractions.
Culture Smart! Scotland
A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture, equally of interest to the traveler and business person.
The Marches, A Borderland Journey Between England and Scotland
A travelogue by a British Parliamentarian that profiles standing stones, monks, flooded fields, striking mountains and, of course, Hadrian’s Wall. Stewart mingles his observations with the history of one of the world's most fought-over borders.
The Celts: A Very Short Introduction
A concise, revealing social history of the Celts by a reigning authority and popular writer.
Scotland, A Literary Guide for Travellers
From local authors to classic writers like Keats, Coleridge and Wordsworth, this literary survey reveals Scotland's multifaceted, historical personality through literature.
Lonely Planet Edinburgh City Map
Lonely Planet's attractive map of Edinburgh is scaled so that one inch equals 0.1 miles and features sights and a helpful inset of the transit system. Printed on durable, waterproof Tyvek, the map also slips into a protective jacket.
On Glasgow and Edinburgh
A history and guide, Crawford's lively account, drawing on a wealth of historical and literary sources, affirms what people from Glasgow and Edinburgh have long doubted -- that it is possible to love both cities.
How the Scots Invented the Modern World
Although the title sounds whimsical, this is a serious treatment of the cultural, philosophical and material gifts of the small and frequently troubled nation of Scotland.
Auld Reekie: An Edinburgh Anthology
An absorbing anthology, drawing on speeches, memoirs, letters, poetry, novels, journals, lectures and guides, spanning five hundred years of the city's history, from the Municipal Proclamation after the Battle of Flodden to the novels of Ian Rankin.
The Highland Clans
This excellent compact history of the Scottish Highland clans brings to life their leaders, traditions, families and heroic deeds with color illustrations, photos, a clan map and an alphabetical family list.
Scotland in Photographs
An award-winning photographer from Dundee, Majeed captures the spirit of the rugged and wondrous Scottish landscape in this gift book. The stunning images of lochs and storm-battered cliffs, misty glens and majestic mountains celebrate Scotland's enduring appeal.
Lonely Planet Pocket Edinburgh
This lively shirt pocket guide to the city, jammed with personal recommendations and photographs, also includes a pull-out map.
Book Lovers' Edinburgh: A Guide and Companion
Part guidebook, part readers' companion, Book Lovers' Edinburgh is an exploration of a great city that has been celebrated for its literature since ancient times.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
A terribly witty novel from the pen of Dame Muriel. Miss Jean Brodie is an unorthodox teacher at an Edinburgh girls' boarding school who wins the hearts and minds of her students, only to discover that girls from the provinces are ill-prepared for progressive thought.