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Initial post: 27 Jul 2012, 19:41:02 BST
I am looking for recomendations please, I have read all of Diana Gabaldons books and Barbara Erskine too. Also read most of Nigel Tranters books when I was younger. Can anyone recomend any others along the same lines?

Many thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jul 2012, 21:19:21 BST
Robert Low has started a series on Robert Bruce. I've read the first, which I enjoyed, but haven't tried the second, yet. I don't know if there's a third at all (but I believe there will be, if it's not already out).

The first is called The Lion Wakes.

There's also another series on the Bruce, by Robin Young, starting with Insurrection (Insurrection Trilogy 1). Again, it's a trilogy, but I don't think Book 2 is out, yet.

They both deal with the Bruce, but in *very* different ways.

Posted on 30 Aug 2012, 16:22:51 BST
Sou'Wester says:
I enjoyed "The Redemption of Alexander Seaton" by Shona MacLean. It's set in 17th century Banff.

Posted on 2 Sep 2012, 23:08:32 BST
I enjoyed Follow the Dove and The Shimmer Of The Herring and The River Flows On

Posted on 4 Sep 2012, 20:25:32 BST
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Posted on 4 Sep 2012, 20:30:04 BST
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In reply to an earlier post on 5 Sep 2012, 13:02:18 BST
The ultimate Scottish history series has to be The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett. The first is Game of Kings. They can be difficult to track down as readers tend to treasure their copies (I had to buy my last from the USA). I've been a fan since the early 70s and re-read the series regularly.

Posted on 6 Sep 2012, 13:14:53 BST
Nicola Byrne says:
Have you read Maggie Craig? Damn' Rebel Bitches: The Women of the '45
She also writes fiction set in Glasgow.

Posted on 8 Sep 2012, 12:28:12 BST
VCBF (Val) says:
You could look at James Robertson and Neil Gunn, or the 'classics' like Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stephenson.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Sep 2012, 19:47:23 BST
Nicola Byrne says:
Yes Tracy, I can recommend Follow the Dove. Haven't read the other two but will get to them.

Posted on 14 Sep 2012, 10:09:35 BST
Neil Gunn and George MacKay-Brown, both brilliant writers of their time. And did anyone mention Nigel Tranter?

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Sep 2012, 20:06:26 BST
LEP says:
Well you've read the one I'd have recommended i.e. Tranter.

What about:
Robert Louis Stevenson
Sir Walter Scott
James Grant

The Bruce Trilogy - N Gemini Sasson
Scottish War for Independence trilogy - Leanne Burroughs

I haven't read either of the two above, so no idea what they are like.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Sep 2012, 20:00:40 BST
I second the recommendation of The Lymond Chronicles; head and shoulders above everything else. Although some people do find them too complex.

Posted on 24 Sep 2012, 10:35:36 BST
D. Cooper says:
A previous poster mentioned Dorothy Dunnett's "Lymond" series, her "Niccolo" series also has Scottish connections and of course there is her take on Macbeth, "King Hereafter". I highly recommend all of these which have given me many hours of happy reading.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Sep 2012, 17:30:45 BST
Tak says:
dorothy dunnett's books have been reprinted and were available from the writers museum in edinburgh a couple of years ago when I completed my collection

Posted on 1 Nov 2012, 16:58:39 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 7 Nov 2012, 19:38:26 GMT
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LEP says:
Freedom's Sword - J R Tomlin
Highland Vengeance Bk1 - K E Saxon
Wallace the Hero of Scotland - James Paterson
The Search for Jacob's Pillow - H David Brown
The Scottish Armada - John Young
Tom Fleck - harry nicholson
The Witching Voice - Arnold Johnston
The Forest Laird: A Tale of William Wallace - Jack Whyte
The Serpent - Neil M Gunn

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Posted on 25 Nov 2012, 12:03:11 GMT
Roxy says:
I'd recommend Robert Low's Kingdom series.

Robert the Bruce's story as told though the intertwining story of Sir Hal Sientcler, a minor noble from Lothian.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2012, 14:02:23 GMT
Is the second one out, now, Roxy? I enjoyed the first one, but haven't kept up-to-date with the release schedules recently.

Posted on 28 Nov 2012, 16:56:49 GMT
Haven't tried it yet, but for something completely different, there was a 'historical' Doctor Who novel came out this year set in the Western Isles. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-16651810

Posted on 14 Feb 2013, 09:49:18 GMT
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Many Thanks

Posted on 14 Feb 2013, 13:19:53 GMT
You could try Shirley MacKay who writes of Elizabethan Fife and Edinburgh. People have already mentioned Dunnett.
Jen Black
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