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A new video to promote Mark Mechan's Tumshie

Hello, today we have uploaded a promotional video for TUMSHIE by Mark Mechan and you can find it if you go to the book product page, and click on the link for the book trailer video:


Waverley Notebooks - get £5 off

Hello, we are running a £5 off discount when you spend £23.97 or more. If that sounds a bit odd, it means you can buy different sized notebooks and get your £5 off with the code: tartan at this link here:

'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.