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Edinburgh - Further reading


Further reading on Edinburgh

  • Scotland: A New History by Michael Lynch: A reasonably up-to-date historical background to the country, extending to the early 1990s.
  • A Concise History of Scotland by Fitzroy Maclean: An interesting and readable introduction to Scotland's past.
  • The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson by James Boswell: One of the greatest Scottish travelogues, including visits to Skye, Coll and Mull.
  • Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott: Perhaps the best known of Scott's prodigious outpourings.
  • Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson: A page-turning read set in Edinburgh and Mull.
  • Whisky Galore by Compton Mackenzie: The humorous tale of what transpires when a cargo of whisky runs aground on a Hebridean island during WWII.
  • The Complete Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns: Scotland's favourite poet offers an incomparable, if often incomprehensible, insight into Scotland and Scottishness.
  • Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell: Maxwell's works contain evocative descriptions of life among Highland wildlife.
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark: A shrewd portrayal of 1930s Edinburgh.
  • Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh: This novel takes the reader on a guided tour of Edinburgh's underworld, demonstrating the Scottish flair for making mordant houmour out of despair.
  • Brander's Original Guide to Scotch Whisky by Michael Brander: An excellent introduction to Scotland's national tipple.


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