The Scots of the North Water

SAILORS OF THE NORTH

SCOTTISH ARCTIC WHALING
Airing now, BBC Two’s brand new six-part series, The North Water, tells the story of the Arctic whalers who braved the freezing polar regions in search of wealth and adventure.

Chesley W. Sanger’s award-winning Scottish Arctic Whaling tells the true story of the Scots who were part of this lucrative but unimaginably demanding and hazardous vocation. Using the diaries of hundreds of ships journeying from Scottish ports to East Greenland, Davis Strait and Baffin Bay, Sanger provides a fascinating account of this little-known but important Scottish industry.

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READ IT TO BELIEVE IT

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Until October 1st we are offering 20% off on a collection of some of the most incredible stories from people who overcame the greatest odds. From the remarkable rise of Lottie Dod, the world’s first female sports superstar in Little Wonder, to Jim Swire’s search for justice in The Lockerbie Bombing, to the audacious plot to kill one of the most powerful figures of the Nazi regime in The Assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, these accounts will amaze and inspire.

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ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH

ON AIR WITH TIMES RADIO
On Saturday at 11am global bestseller Alexander McCall Smith will be sitting down for an interview with Times Radio‘s Hugo Rifkind, discussing his latest novel, The Pavilion in the Clouds.

This is a richly evocative story, set mostly in 1930s Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka). The tapestry of rich colours and vivid descriptions of the Sri Lankan countryside come alive with McCall Smith’s enchanting prose.

‘The ever fecund Alexander McCall Smith continues to surprise as well as please… This is one of the most enjoyable of his many enjoyable novels’
Allan Massie, The Scotsman

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AT TOPPINGS BOOKSTORE, EDINBURGH

IN PERSON WITH JIM SILLARS
One of the best known Scottish politicians of recent decades, Jim Sillars, joins Topping & Company Booksellers for an evening in the Edinburgh bookshop. He will delve into his new memoir, A Difference of Opinion, which gives the inside story of his life in politics.

In this candid memoir, he records a controversial political life from local councillor to Westminster MP straddling momentous events in our nation’s story including the death of Labour, the demise of Alex Salmond and the future of government in the wake of the 2021 Holyrood election. He offers enlightening opinions on Brexit, Russian, the Middle East and climate change and much more.

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DISCOVER THE LAY OF THE LAND

THE SCOTTISH GEOLOGY FESTIVAL 2021
Scotland’s iconic landscapes and rugged coastlines have been shaped by the elements over countless millennia. The Scottish Geology Festival 2021 brings you a packed programme of activities from Stranraer to Shetland that will showcase and celebrate Scotland’s geology. Events range from coastal walks to fossil hunting to online talks and even boat trips to Siccar Point, where James Hutton found proof of an ancient Earth.

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To learn more about Scotland’s geology why not delve into Alan McKirdy’s Landscapes in Stone series, where we explore everything from the Ice Age to the industrial revolution, and how these events shaped the very ground beneath our feet.

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