The Best New Books in September

PUBLISHED THIS WEEK

We have a bumper list of fantastic new books available this week. From crime and thriller to sport and politics, find your next Autumn read now!

TERMS OF RESTITUTION
This week marks the publication of Denzil Meyrick’s brand new gangland thriller, Terms of Restitution. Packed with visceral crime, dysfunctional families and dark humour, this is a must read for fans of The Sopranos and Gangs of London.

Available in all good bookshops now! Pick up your copy from your local bookseller or order online at Bookshop.org, Waterstones or direct from the Birlinn website!

‘Addictive, beautifully constructed and a wild and sometimes surprising ride through a gangland that is both believable and utterly gripping. Fans of Meyrick’s work are going to love this’
Mary Picken, Live and Deadly

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RIZZIO: DARKLAND TALES
From the award-winning Denise Mina comes a radical new take on one of the darkest episodes in Scottish history – the bloody murder of David Rizzio.

This breathtakingly tense work is a tale of sex, seduction, secrets and lies, one that looks at history through a modern lens and explores the lengths that men – and women – will go to in the search for love and power.

‘This is an edgy, provocative and thrilling classic in the making’
Scottish Books International

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THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH
The 1970 World Cup is widely regarded as the greatest ever staged, with more goals per game than any World Cup since, and hosting some of the finest teams ever to compete for the world title.

Using brand new interviews alongside painstaking archival research, Andrew Downie charts each stage of the tournament, from the preparations to the final, telling a host of remarkable stories in the players’ own words.

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THE STAR DRIVE
Told for the first time, this is the extraordinary story of how an obscure Victorian Scottish minister, Robert Stirling, invented the technology which may take us to the stars with his original designs for a heat exchange engine in 1816.

An invention truly ahead of its time, the practical application of the Stirling Engine has taxed the minds of scientists and inventors for almost 200 years. Only now is it possible for its full potential to be realised. In The Star Drive, Phillip Hills weaves science and history together to tell the story of one of the most exciting scientific developments the world has ever seen.

LEARN THE TRUE STORY OF THE STAR DRIVE

A DIFFERENCE OF OPINION
As a working-class schoolboy, Jim Sillars was told by the Deputy Rector at Ayr Academy that  he would end up a ‘common labourer’, and by the Rector that he would ‘make nothing of himself’. He went on to be elected an MP twice, reaching high levels of political leadership, and making a continuing high-profile contribution to public life and policy.

Here he gives the inside story of his life in politics. During his time serving as an MP in Westminster he met and had dealings with every prominent politician of the day, from Neil Kinnock to Margaret Thatcher, and his stories about these encounters give fascinating insights into political history.

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NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN: THE PASSIONATE RADICAL
Neville Chamberlain is remembered today as Hitler’s credulous dupe, the man who proclaimed in September 1938 that the Munich agreement guaranteed ‘peace in our time’.

Here Water Reid delivers a radical re-assessment of one of Britain’s most controversial prime ministers (1937–40), which shows him to be one of the most effective political leaders of the twentieth century. It reveals the nuances of a complex and sensitive man who was a true radical and a man of passion, especially in all that concerned the welfare of his fellow citizens.

‘A witty and humane study of one of the most important, and frequently misunderstood, leaders in modern British history’
Patricia Claven, FBA, Professor of International History
Oxford University

DISCOVER THE REAL NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN

A SWORD FOR CHRIST
The fifteen-year period between 1645 and 1660 was one of the most dynamic in British history, during which the republican Commonwealth and Cromwellian Protectorate attempted to create a new type of ‘Godly’ state after the execution of Charles I.

Drawing on the latest research and established sources, as well as the works and diaries of contemporaries such as John Evelyn, Lucy Hutchinson and Samuel Pepys, A Sword for Christ offers a new and stimulating perspective on these extraordinary years.

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THE STRANGE AFFAIR OF MADELEINE SMITH
Emile L’Angelier was a working-class immigrant from the Channel Islands who began a clandestine affair with prominent Glasgow socialite Madeleine Smith. Six weeks after Emile threatened to show Madeleine’s father their passionate letters, on 23 March 1857, he was found dead from arsenic poisoning. The evidence against Madeleine seemed overwhelming as she went to trial for murdering her lover.

The Strange Affair of Madeleine Smith is an engrossing insight into the suffocating world of Victorian women and the great divide between social classes that doomed a daring relationship before it had begun.

THE CASE THAT STUNNED SCOTLAND – AVAILABLE NOW

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MERRYN GLOVER WITH OF STONE AND SKY

Next Friday join Merryn Glover at the Nairn Book and Arts Festival where she will be discussing her new novel, Of Stone and Sky.

Set on a farming estate in the upper reaches of the River Spey, this ambitious and magnificent tale follows several generations of a shepherding family in a paean to the bonds between people, their land and way of life. It is a profound mystery, a passionate poem, a political manifesto, shot through with wisdom and humour.

‘A rich stew of a novel, one with a Victorian complexity of plot, a family saga which is also a socio-economic survey of Highland history … a considerable achievement’ 
Allan Massie, The Scotsman

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FROM SCOTLAND TO THE WORLD

DISCOVER SOMETHING NEW

Until September 10th we are offering 20% off a whole range of hidden gems, discovering people and places in Scotland and across the world. From the forgotten myths and legends of Malachy Tallack’s The Un-Discovered Islands, to the true story of Rosslyn chapel in Roddy Martine’s The Secrets of Rosslyn, to Scotland’s capital seen through the eyes of legendary Chinese artist Chiang Yee in The Silent Traveller in Edinburgh, these books will intrigue and amaze!

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