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Books are listed in order of year of publication - newest titles are at the top. There are 20 books in this booklist

This list represents some of the books on this subject that we have had in our shop - but there will be many more that we can order for you!

  • Cover image of book Made In Scotland: My Grand Adventures in a Wee Country by Billy Connolly
    Made In Scotland: My Grand Adventures in a Wee Country - by Billy Connolly

    £8.99   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781785943744 | ISBN 10: 178594374x

    All roads lead home.   ‘After my knighthood was announced, a woman from the BBC came to Glasgow to interview me. We sat down in a lovely hotel in a nice part of town, and she hit me with her first question: “This must mean a lot to you, with y ... more

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  • Cover image of book We Were Always Here: A Queer Words Anthology by Ryan Vance and Michael Lee Richardson (Editors)
    We Were Always Here: A Queer Words Anthology - by Ryan Vance and Michael Lee Richardson (Editors)

    £8.99   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781912489145 | ISBN 10: 1912489147

    From drag queens and discos, to black holes and monsters, these stories and poems wrestle with love and loneliness and the fight to be seen. By turns serious and fantastical, hilarious and confrontational, We Were Always Here addresses the fears, mys ... more

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  • Cover image of book Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay
    Red Dust Road - by Jackie Kay

    £9.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781509858392 | ISBN 10: 1509858393

    'What makes us who we are? My adoption is a story that has happened to me. I couldn�t make it up.�� From the moment when, as a little girl, she realizes that her skin is a different colour from that of her beloved mum and dad, to the tr ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Summer Walkers: Travelling People and Pearl Fishers in the Highlands of Scotland by Timothy Neat
    The Summer Walkers: Travelling People and Pearl Fishers in the Highlands of Scotland - by Timothy Neat

    £14.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781780273969 | ISBN 10: 1780273967

    The Summer Walkers is the name the crofters of Scotland’s North-west Highlands gave the Travelling People – the inerrant tinsmiths, horse-dealers, hawkers and pearl-fishers who made their living ‘on the road’. These people are not gypsies – ... more

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  • Cover image of book A Sense of Freedom by Jimmy Boyle
    A Sense of Freedom - by Jimmy Boyle

    £8.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781785033032 | ISBN 10: 1785033034

    A moving, tragic and controversial memoir from one of Britain's most violent ex-criminals.   Jimmy Boyle grew up in Glasgow's Gorbals. All around him the world was drinking, fighting and thieving. To survive, he too had to fight and steal... ... more

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  • Cover image of book Keir Hardie: From Serfdom to Socialism by Keir Hardie
    Keir Hardie: From Serfdom to Socialism - by Keir Hardie

    £12.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9781910448472 | ISBN 10: 1910448478

    Keir Hardie was the founder of the Labour Party, a pioneer trade unionist, a tireless campaigner for womens rights, and the first working man ever to be elected to Parliament.  As a key text for the first generation of Labour Party activists, F ... more

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  • Cover image of book Not My Father
    Not My Father's Son: A Family Memoir - by Alan Cumming

    £8.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9781782115465 | ISBN 10: 1782115463

    Alan Cumming grew up in the grip of a man who held his family hostage, someone who meted out violence with a frightening ease, who waged a silent war with himself that sometimes spilled over onto everyone around him. That man was Alan's father, Alex ... more

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  • Cover image of book Maggie & Me by Damian Barr
    Maggie & Me - by Damian Barr

    £7.99   paperback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9781408838099 | ISBN 10: 1408838095

    It's 12 October 1984. An IRA bomb blows apart the Grand Hotel in Brighton. Miraculously, Margaret Thatcher survives. In small-town Scotland, eight-year-old Damian Barr watches in horror as his mum rips her wedding ring off and packs their bags. He kn ... more

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  • Cover image of book At the Coalface: My Life as a Miner
    At the Coalface: My Life as a Miner's Wife - by Catherine Paton Black

    £9.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9780755363254 | ISBN 10: 0755363256

    A gritty and nostalgic memoir from a Scottish miner's wife.   Growing up in a mining family, Cath's husband Doug promised his father he wouldn't follow in his dangerous footsteps. But after struggling with terrible poverty in 1970s Scotlan ... more

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  • Cover image of book Shoes Were for Sunday by Molly Weir
    Shoes Were for Sunday - by Molly Weir

    £8.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9780241957929 | ISBN 10: 0241957923

    'Poverty is a very exacting teacher and I had been taught well'   The post-war urban jungle of the Glasgow tenements was the setting for Molly Weir's childhood. From sharing a pull-out bed in her mother's tiny kitchen to running in t ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Life and Death of St. Kilda: The Moving Story of a Vanished Island Community by Tom Steel
    The Life and Death of St. Kilda: The Moving Story of a Vanished Island Community - by Tom Steel

    £10.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780007438006 | ISBN 10: 0007438001

    The extraordinary story of the UKs most gruelling and spectacularly beautiful islands. Tom Steels acclaimed portrait of the St Kildans lives is now updated in this reissued edition.  Situated at the westernmost point of the United King ... more

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  • Cover image of book What to Look for in Winter by Candia McWilliam
    What to Look for in Winter - by Candia McWilliam

    £10.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780099539537 | ISBN 10: 0099539535

    Candia McWilliam had just joined the judging panel of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2006 when she started to lose her sight. The gradual onset of blindness seemed like an assault especially tailored for someone whose life consisted of reading a ... more

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  • Cover image of book Keir Hardie by Bob Holman
    Keir Hardie - by Bob Holman

    £10.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780745953540 | ISBN 10: 0745953549

    Keir Hardie was a complicated man. Born illegitimate just outside Glasgow in 1856, his life didn't start gently. Before the age of ten he was the sole wage earner in his working class, atheist family. After the Christian baker he assisted fired him f ... more

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  • Cover image of book On The Crofters
    On The Crofters's Trail - by David Craig

    £9.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9781841588018 | ISBN 10: 1841588016

    In the Clearances of the 19th century, crofts - once the mainstay of Highland life in Scotland - were swept away as the land was put over to sheep grazing. Many of the people of the Highlands and islands of Scotland were forced from their homes by la ... more

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  • Cover image of book This is Not About Me by Janice Galloway
    This is Not About Me - by Janice Galloway

    £8.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9781847080998 | ISBN 10: 1847080995

    From her earliest years with a boozy, accident-prone father and a reluctantly pragmatic mother Janice Galloway's grew up as a watcher - careful and vigilant. Then her parents' marriage broke up and mother and daughter moved to an attic above a doctor ... more

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  • Cover image of book For the Islands I Sing: An Autobiography by George Mackay Brown
    For the Islands I Sing: An Autobiography - by George Mackay Brown

    £7.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9781846970832 | ISBN 10: 1846970830

    George Mackay Brown was born the youngest child of a poor family in Stromness; his mother was a beautiful Gaelic-speaking woman, his father, a wit and singer, who also doubled as a postman and tailor.  Orkney was profoundly important to Macka ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Real Gorbals Story: True Tales from Glasgow
    The Real Gorbals Story: True Tales from Glasgow's Meanest Streets - by Colin Macfarlane

    £9.99   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9781845962074 | ISBN 10: 1845962079

    Colin MacFarlane was born in the Gorbals in the 1950s, 20 years after the publication of No Mean City, the classic novel about pre-war life in what was once Glasgows most deprived district. He lived in the same street as its fictional razor king, ... more

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  • Cover image of book Roots of Stone: The Story of Those Who Came Before by Hugh G. Allison
    Roots of Stone: The Story of Those Who Came Before - by Hugh G. Allison

    £7.99   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9781845961299 | ISBN 10: 1845961293

    Roots of Stone is a passionate tapestry, weaving the story of Scotland with the lives of ordinary and extraordinary people. This fascinating sweep over two thousand years of Scotland's past blends with a true family story stretching back over these s ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Yellow on the Broom: The Early Days of a Traveller Woman by Betsy Whyte
    The Yellow on the Broom: The Early Days of a Traveller Woman - by Betsy Whyte

    £7.99   paperback   (2005) - ISBN 13: 9781841581354 | ISBN 10: 1841581356

    The Yellow on the Broom is the first part of Betsy Whytes autobiography. Not only is it a fascinating insight into the life and customs of traveller people in the 1920s and 1930s, it is also a thought-provoking account of human strength and weakness ... more

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  • Cover image of book Red Rowans and Wild Honey by Betsy Whyte
    Red Rowans and Wild Honey - by Betsy Whyte

    £7.99   paperback   (2004) - ISBN 13: 9781841580708 | ISBN 10: 1841580708

    This is a sequel to the popular Yellow on the Broom. It takes Betsy Whyte's (1919-1988) story to the end of World War II, and includes additional material not previously published.  It recounts, in vivid detail, the heady years of adolescence, h ... more

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