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'Tailored for Scotland' by Deirdre Kinloch Anderson preview in 'The Scotsman'

'Tailored for Scotland' by Deirdre Kinloch Anderson has a sneak preview in today's edition of The Scotsman. The new book will be published by Waverley Books on 10 September. The book, bound in genuine tartan cloth, tells the story of the company from its foundation to the present day. The book is a wonderful, fastidious document on Scottish history, tartan, costume, military uniform and the inside story of the ups and downs of a family company.

In its 224 pages, illustrated throughout with over 300 photographs and illustrations, the book explores stories and events of the past 150 years that shaped six generation of the Kinloch Anderson company. Today Kinloch Anderson are renowned worldwide as tailors and kiltmakers. They are holders of the Royal Warrants of Appointment as Tailors and Kiltmakers to HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Prince of Wales.

This book will appeal to those interested in Scotland and the story of tartan, military history, costume and family business.

The family company is now in its sixth generation and that in itself is a major achievement.

You can read more about the forthcoming book here:

'The ground beneath our feet' : Sue Reid Sexton in conversation at Glasgow University

Creative ConversationsGlasgow University and Publishing Scotland (the trade body for publishing in Scotland) have organised a series of online conversations between authors, hosted by a key speaker, in August. These are open to the public, but ticketed through EventBrite, in August.

These conversations are billed as showcases for “the best in Scottish writing”. We are delighted Sue Reid Sexton has been selected for the discussion about writing about the ‘ground beneath our feet’.
Below is a list of the conversations, and dates with times if you wish to watch one.

11 August 2020, 17.30–19.00 GMT – Writing the Personal and the Political

Starring Stuart Cosgrove (Cassius X), Donald Murray (As the Women Lay Dreaming), Nadine Aisha Jassat (Let Me Tell You This), and Dina Nayeri (The Ungrateful Refugee). Chaired by Louise Welsh. Register for free:

12 August 2020, 17.30–19.00 GMT – Writing the Past in the Present

Starring Angus Peter Campbell (Gaelic translation of Animal Farm), Norman Bissell (Barnhill), and Sarah Armstrong (The Wolves of Leninsky Prospekt). Chaired by Colin Herd. Register for free:

13 August 2020, 17.30–19.00 GMT – Writing the Ground Beneath our Feet

Starring Gavin Francis (Island Dreams), Mandy Haggith (The Stone Stories series), Kathleen Jamie (Surfacing), and Sue Reid Sexton (Writing on the Road).

Chaired by Elizabeth Reeder. Register for free:

News from Glasgow : Tumshie, Biscuits and Glasgow Central

It's July. Happy July.

As we write, Scotland is slowly easing some of its restrictions and some stores are open, or just opened. Good luck to all of them. Meanwhile at Waverley Books, we say thank you to all of our customers, and are here to report on some news and things to celebrate today as we go into a new month...


Today we received a lovely box of biscuits from a customer who lives in a "wee village that has a church and wine makers in Savoie, France". It is in the Alps. This nice man has been buying the Waverley notebooks but nearly ran out as France went into lock down. He contacted us and we rushed him some new notebooks - except they did not arrive quickly. Because of lockdown. So we sent some more, and then both lots turned up. Wouldn't you know. As a thank you, he kindly sent biscuits that are cinnamon and gingery, called 'Les Gaudelices' and are famous for being made with a nice recipe of butter and sugar and other lovely things biscuits are made from. Thank you so much, Yvan. Yvan says the wine made in his village is called CERDON and it is pink and sparkling. That is a wonderful thought in Glasgow today as it is rainy and cold. We like to think of sunshine and the Alps.


Meanwhile authors Jill Scott and Bill Hicks, who wrote a book on Glasgow's Grand Central Hotel have many bookings for the talk they give on the history of the hotel. Jill Scott appeared last month in the BBC's 'Inside Central Station' TV series with stories about the building of the hotel, and some of the special people who have stayed there.


Still popular, and particularly so in lockdown, The Glasgow Cookery Book has over 1000 recipes and continues to be a cookbook to turn to for everything from a starter to a main course to chocolate truffles. Some of us have more seasonal interests and are baking more than ever just now. The Glasgow Cookery Book has it is all. Whether you are looking to make scones, or try some strawberry jam, or a rhubarb chutney or a traditional custard made with eggs and cornflour, The Glasgow Cookbook will keep you busy for some time.


With Scotland still slowly emerging from a 14-week lockdown, and shops only just beginning to re-open, we are grateful for some relief after weeks of lockdown. On our own news, two books have moved date. Some of you may have noticed the publication date for Tumshie has moved to September. Tumshie promises to be an engaging and charming adventure into the traditions of halloweens of the past. Coming in early September, Tumshie will be on sale in a few weeks' time.

TAILORED FOR SCOTLAND - the stories and events of 150 years that shaped six generations of the Kinloch Anderson company by Deirdre Kinloch Anderson OBE

With 224 pages and over 300 illustrations Tailored for Scotland is a fascinating story of success in business, design and Scottish fashion. Publication date is 10th September and available in a few weeks' time - we can't wait.


We love to hear from you, so please get in touch with any comments on the notebooks.

With best wishes from everyone at Waverley Books.

Happy Customer reviews on Waverley's Tartan Notebooks

Hello from everyone at Waverley.

We wanted to share some of the customer comments we received by email to our company in May and June. We also say thank you to our customers for your business, and time and nice thoughts. We share some comments we have received by email:

From Switzerland:

“The notebooks really are gorgeous. I love the care that has gone into creating them. They make amazing gifts for my Swiss friends. (I actually got them from Book Depository in the end, as that is a good way to get them in Switzerland. Thanks again for your help). ” M, Switzerland June 2020

From the south of England:

“I want to confirm that my friend managed to get out and pick up her gift yesterday (from the PO Box she asked me to use). She loves plaid journals. She is ecstatic about it. I think she plans on ordering more from your U.S. site. Thanks again for your help.” S, England June 2020

Thanks from London:

“I love the colours of the notebooks. I got one as a gift and now buy them as gifts for others. I also to keep different things in each one. The notebooks are great for my filing. Colour has always been important to me – I am dyslexic and I also like the plain paper on one side, and lined paper on the other side. Plus I like the pocket at the back of the notebook. The tartan colours are so distinctive I find what I am looking for quickly. I am a busy mum and run a business, and the notebooks help me a lot in my day-to-day life.” J, London. May 2020

Thanks from Bedfordshire, England:

“Thanks for your service. We got the tartan notebook quickly. It was easy to order and your follow up was helpful. It is always nice to buy direct from an independent company and we love the tartan and the colours in it. My son was pleased with his gift. He uses notebooks a lot. Thanks again.” Mrs B, England May 2020

Thanks from France:

"I have only 6 white pages left in my Waverley notebook… so the new one should arrive just at the end of this one… " and then: "Thanks for your help. I understand that the service was a bit slower this time because of the delays because of Covid. They have now arrived. Best wishes and thank you'. I, France May 2020

Thanks from Australia:

"I use the notebooks to trace my family origins as we are from Skye. " (Peribo in Australia stock a range of the Waverley notebooks)

We really appreciate getting feedback from our customers. We love to hear from you. We love to hear how you use the notebooks, and which colours you like. Please keep your comments coming!

The only cookbook you'll ever need - The Glasgow Cookery Book - with free postage (UK only)

100 years old, The Glasgow Cookery Book has been a stalwart through many hard times.

We are now offering the book with free postage in the UK. Use this code: cookery

Not many cookbooks can claim to contain 'the most tried and tested recipes', but many say it is indeed the only cookbook you'll ever need.

From the days as a school textbook

The Glasgow Cookery Book started its life in 1910 as the textbook of The Glasgow and West of Scotland College of Domestic Science - fondly dubbed the Do. (or Dough) School by Glasgow citizens - and was put together by the school's staff to document the recipes they taught in class. Miss Ella Glaister, the school's first Principal, was responsible for overseeing the publication of the cookery book. She wanted to produce something that the students could refer to, instead of painstakingly having to copy the recipes down by hand.

Kitchen staple

Since then, the simple textbook has become a staple in kitchens around the world. Over the years, it has been revised many times to reflect the changes in how we eat and cook. The current edition is based on the 1975 first metric edition, the centenary year of the founding of the Glasgow School of Cookery. The 2009 edition, which was published by The Glasgow Caledonian University and Waverley Books, was updated with the assistance of Queen's College Volunteers. Special care was taken to preserve traditional favourites such as haggis, pot roast, cheese scones and shortbread while including updates for the modern cook. The book includes recipes from around the world, including French sauces and classics.

The book that changed lives

Much of the love for The Glasgow Cookery Book comes from the fact that it touched so many lives. Stories of how the Dough School changed lives include one such of Mary Mackintosh, who shared some memories at the centenary edition's launch back in 2009. Mary was part of the Dough School group who travelled to London during WWII to cook for men who were re-building London.

The reputation for dependable and economical recipes ensured that its influence spread far beyond the walls of the Glasgow college. Its practical and reliable cookery advice became famous worldwide.

Cooking on a budget

Scottish mothers bought it for daughters and daughters-in­-law, and it became an essential purchase for young brides and brides-to­-be. Its practical approach to cooking on a budget is as relevant now as it ever was. Many men also attended courses to learn how to cook.

Alex Gray

In addition in the current edition there's a fascinating preface by Glasgow crime writer Alex Gray.

Alex's Aunt Ella was a student at the college in 1909. Ella Cowan's own handwritten college jotters survive, are dated 1909, and according to GCU archivist Carole McCallum, are the first definitive proof available that the 1910 book was based on the notes taught in class. The introduction includes archive photographs and samples from Ella Cowan's meticulously written books.

Carole also contributes an enlightening social history of the college, in an accessible and highly readable introduction to what was known affectionately to students as "The Purple Book".

This book was updated with the enthusiastic assistance of ex­-students and staff of The Queen's College Glasgow (formerly known as the Glasgow and West of Scotland Scotland College of Domestic Science). Eleanor Abraham was general editor of this edition.

UK Postage free: Special offer:

This offer is available from Waverley Books website for the period of 3/5/20 - 17/3/20 while stocks last.

Books will be despatched by Royal Mail from BookSource. Most orders will be despatched within 5 days and sent by second class post. BookSource are working with a skeleton crew, socially distanced. For any queries, please contact us through our website. Please allow us time to reply. We are working but in a reduced capacity. Many thanks.


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