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The Guide to Mysterious Perthshire (Haunted Britain S.) [Paperback]

Geoff Holder
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30 Nov 2006 Haunted Britain S.
A beautifully illustrated guidebook to Perthshire's hidden treasures - stone circles, ancient castles, haunted forests, sacred wells - and where to find them.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (30 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075244140X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752441405
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 617,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Writer of 30 non-fiction books on the supernatural, the strange, the Gothic and the gruesome, from 'The Jacobites and the Supernatural' and '101 Things to do with a Stone Circle' to 'Paranormal Perthshire' and 9 titles in 'The Guide to the Mysterious...' series, covering everywhere from the Lake District and Loch Ness to Glasgow and Aberdeen.

He's produced two highly-regarded books on poltergeists, and there are also books on hauntings, Scottish bodysnatchers, the bloody history of Edinburgh, historical murders - oh, he's a cheery chappie all right. His work encompasses folklore, archaeology, local history, parapsychology, Forteana and witchcraft, with a side order of gargoyles and graveyards.

The latest book is 'Zombies From History'. He's currently shadow-boxing with his first novel, a crime thriller set in southwest France. He likes dogs, cats and rock music, and thinks mayonnaise should be made a crime against humanity.

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About the Author

Geoff Holder is an award-winning television and video writer and producer with wide experience in the field. He wrote and produced a popular six-part series Mysterious Scotland for ITV1 in Scotland in 2004 and contributed a regular column for the Perthshire Advertiser, also called 'Mysterious Perthshire'.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mysterious Perthshire 30 Jan 2007
I grew up in rural Perthshire and loved the mysterious stories of hermits, dragons, fairies washing their feet in ponds, and lone headless horsemen that went with the landscape popularly known as the gateway to the highlands. A spectacular view at the end of a mornings hiking was always, it seemed to me, so much more enjoyable when accompanied by the legend of the local witch cursing the mean spirited excise man.

A complete encyclopaedic overview of all the local tales has been long overdue, and Mr Holder has done very well in producing this for us. After a fairly brief but useful introduction, wherein, the author sets out the terms and topics he will be concerned with, the book is broken down into chapters each covering a smaller geographical area of Perthshire. The great advantage of this is that if you are off on a walk around Blairgowrie, you need only read the chapter on Strathmore.

The two great legends of Scots history based in Perthshire are Macbeth, and The Stone of Destiny; and while he admits that each of them would fill a book itself, he deals with the main versions of each legend in an even handed manner. In this sense the books serves as a taster, and if the reader goes to the superb bibliography at the back there are citations for further reading.

But the real benefit of Holders book is the amount of small, local detail under each of the headings, occasionally with an odd word from the author to let you know he hasn't suspended his disbelief too far. So if you are out on a walk, and see something Celtic carved on a standing stone, you can bet he has a short explanation of both the stone, and the later carved motif.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantasic 29 Jan 2008
If I could give this book ten stars, i would!

Basically, if you want an entertaining guide to Perthshire, this is it! And if you want a great read - well, this is also it! I haven't been to this part of Scotland myself, but I absolutely loved it. He is so interested by things: stone carvings, wierd museum relics, news reports from the eighteenth century and bizarre stories of saints attacking monsters - and yet he also includes rich details such as the historical background to battles. Reading one of his books is like taking a 'Grand Tour', only with a guide with an absolutely wicked sense of humour who also likes wierd stories.

He makes you appreciate your surroundings so much more, and I am going to keep my eyes open next time I pass a church or graveyard. Look out for his 'Guide to Mysterious Loch Ness and the Inverness Area' too - I haven't laughed so much for ages, and his Nessie stories are great.

I could not recommend this book more
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