Book review: ‘Island of Dreams’ by Dan Boothby

At the end of August I went to the Edinburgh Book Festival to see a joint talk by two authors – Dan Boothby and Gareth Williams. Dan Boothby was talking about his new book, ‘Island of Dreams’, while Gareth Williams gave a presentation about his release of ‘A Monstrous Commotion’, which focuses on his research […]

Book review: ‘Scotland’s Merlin’ by Tim Clarkson

“And in the battle of Arfderydd my torc was of gold…” From ‘Yr Afallennau’ (‘The Apples’), a poem in the Black Book of Carmarthen I don’t know about you, but when somebody mentions the name ‘Merlin’, an image of a bearded sorcerer pops straight into my mind, quickly followed by King Arthur and several valiant […]

Book review: ‘The First Blast of the Trumpet’ by Marie Macpherson

The first in the ‘Knox Trilogy’, this riveting story of 16th century Scotland will sweep you into the court of James IV and into the candlelit rooms of castles, palaces and convents…

Book review: ‘Strathclyde and the Anglo-Saxons in the Viking Age’ by Tim Clarkson

This fascinating new book by Tim Clarkson, an expert on early medieval Scotland, throws some light on the little-known Kingdom of Strathclyde

Book review: ‘Moonwalker – Adventures of a Midnight Mountaineer’ by Alan Rowan

Climbing Scotland’s highest mountains is a serious challenge for any walker… but would you climb them at night? Alan Rowan has, and his stories are amazing!

Book review: ‘Men of Letters’ by Duncan Barrett

A moving and well-written account of the men who served in the Post Office Rifles during the Great War, by best-selling author Duncan Barrett

Book review: ‘The Old Straight Track’ by Alfred Watkins

One of my very favourite books… for many people, ‘The Old Straight Track’ will need no introduction. This is how the idea of ley lines first dawned on the world, thanks to a humble man from Herefordshire.

Book review: ‘The New Sylva’

In 1664, horticulturalist John Evelyn published ‘Sylva’, a comprehensive study of Britain’s trees; and in 2014, to mark the 350th anniversary, a modern-day version has been created. This is a book to cherish for generations to come!

Book review: ‘In Search of the Dark Ages’ by Michael Wood

I’ve just finished ‘In Search of the Dark Ages’ by Michael Wood, and I can totally recommend it as a surprising and absorbing read.

Book review: ‘The Scottish Malcontent’ by Colin Macaulay

Set in Edinburgh in the late 1700s, when the flame of the Jacobite rebellion was still glimmering in Scottish hearts, this is an exciting tale of intrigue, honour and passion.