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Who Built Scotland: A History of the Nation in Twenty-Five Buildings Hardcover – 14 Sep 2017
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The quality of the writing is uniformly high . . . This is a very good book; edifying and, at times, revelatory --The Herald
The 25 essays are all admirable appreciations of buildings - or of landscapes and places from which buildings have long disappeared. They are written with knowledge and enthusiasm and the photographs are gorgeous . . . [Who Built Scotland] is very enjoyable and rich in information. You would have to be quite exceptionally knowledgeable not to learn much from it, and it certainly paints a fine picture of our strange and varied country and its history --Allan Massie, The Scotsman
'The result is a book that is by turns inspiring and fascinating; a book that gives perspective to Scotland's many and varied architectural traditions; and a book that gives context to the Scotland we see around us today . . . There's one sense in which the title of the book is misleading in that you find rather more than 25 buildings between its covers. Some contributions cover themes or groups of buildings rather than individual structures. The effect is to broaden further the scope of the book and adds to its already considerable lasting value.' - - Undiscovered Scotland 'A fascinating alternative take on the country s social, political and cultural histories . . . While the buildings are the focus of this book, the stories of the people who built them and use them are what really stay in the mind. It s easy to think of buildings as inanimate but this book demonstrates the life behind them.' --Scottish Field - 5 Star Review
About the Author
Kathleen Jamie is a writer of poetry and non-fiction, including the critically acclaimed essay collections Sightlines and Findings. She was the winner of the Saltire Book of the Year 2016 with The Bonniest Companie and was awarded the 2012 Costa Poetry Prize for The Overhaul. Alistair Moffat is an award-winning author of history books, including Scotland: A History from Earliest Times and The Great Tapestry of Scotland, and a former Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world's most prolific and popular authors. He has written over 80 books, including the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series and the Scotland Street novels. James Robertson is the Booker-longlisted author of highly acclaimed novels including And the Land Lay Still, Joseph Knight and The Testament of Gideon Mack. He is also a publisher of poetry and children's books in Scots. James Crawford is Publisher at Historic Environment Scotland and the Saltire-nominated author of Fallen Glory: The Lives and Deaths of the World's Greatest Lost Buildings.
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An absorbing read that highlights what Scotland is capable of.
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