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Waverley Books publish books on Scottish history, Irish history, Welsh history, and also books on aspects of culture that reveal history and our heritage. We publish books for children, and adults.

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A Scottish Tradition: Tailors and Kiltmakers, Tartan and Highland Dress since 1868A Scottish Tradition: Tailors and Kiltmakers, Tartan and Highland Dress since 1868Our price: £25.00ViewAvailable nowDear Green Sounds: Glasgow’s Music Through Time and BuildingsDear Green Sounds: Glasgow’s Music Through Time and BuildingsOur price: £20.00ViewFrom the Apollo to Barrowland and The SECC, and Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall to The Old Scotia Bar, Glasgow is known throughout the world for its music and live venues. It is the live venues that become the heart of any music community, and Glasgow – like no other city outside London – has thrived on adding new venues to make it possible for visiting musicians of all types to be welcomed in the city.Glasgow has been home to chants, madrigals, grand opera, rock and roll, piano sonatas, rhythm and blues, ragtime, piping and music of every genre. We decided to tell the story of Glasgow’s music through its venues, spanning the history from earliest origins to the present day. The venues are the places people have thronged, to be part of the city’s passion with music.Centuries of music are covered in this book which is fully illustrated throughout. The history of music and performance are represented - composers, virtuoso instrumentalists, orchestras, choirs, singers, conductors, impresarios, bands, acts and soloists who have been welcomed by Glasgow audiences over the years. As such the book is a collection of memories and stories about the people who have performed in the city, and range from Moore and Burgess Minstrels of the 1880s, to Mario Lanza, Frank Sinatra, Orange Juice, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie to Celtic Connections and visiting bands and orchestras from all over the world.Gallery: A Life in ArtGallery: A Life in ArtOur price: £14.99View Gallery: A Life in Art by William HardieGod Bless Mrs McGinty!  My Life and The Sunday PostGod Bless Mrs McGinty! My Life and The Sunday PostOur price: £9.99ViewEntertaining, lively, informative and direct, this memoir by Bill Anderson about his life and times as the editor of one of the UK's most successful Sunday newspapers chronicles a special view of Scotland, and The Sunday Post itself, from the late 1930s to the 1980s. The memoir was written in 1982 while Bill Anderson was recovering from a near-fatal car accident. The manuscript remained undiscovered until 2014 when Bill's wife Maggie came across it when she was clearing out her desk -– 'not before time' he would probably have said. The manuscript was entitled 'Who the Hell is Bill Anderson?' Here it is, and it is a fascinating account of childhood in working-class Scotland in the 1930s and 40s, of the wee boy who would grow up to edit the best-read newspaper in the world, The Sunday Post. The autobiography tells of Bill's broad experience from his working-class roots, through childhood, later aboard the MV Marilyn Abbott, then his medical training at Glasgow University via Hartwood Hospital and his Army days, together with the adventures that only an Hon Man could encounter that gave him a fairly unique insight and perspective. As editor of The Sunday Post he was passionate, tenacious, campaigning and demanding. In 1990 Bill left the editor's chair to become managing editor, and the following year he won a Scottish Press Award for his lifetime's work. Though a traditional newspaperman, he was immediately aware of the impact that the internet would have on journalism, and in the early 1990s he set up Scotland Online, a joint venture between DC Thomson and Scottish Telecom. In 1991 he became the first Scottish member of the Press Complaints Commission. He was appointed CBE in the same year.Hauntings: True Life Sightings and Experiences of GhostsHauntings: True Life Sightings and Experiences of GhostsOur price: £7.99ViewAuthor: Rebecca E KidgerInvention of the Western GardenInvention of the Western GardenOur price: £29.99ViewThis is a beautiful, illustrated book that examines the history of the garden's development across the western world. The authors explore the idea of why European people have cultivated working with soil, plants, and weather for centuries to develop garden design, and through time used leaps in architecture and science to cultivate fields and forests into a space to grow plants.
Ireland History of a NationIreland History of a NationOur price: £7.99ViewThis original and very readable history of Ireland by David Ross tells the story of Ireland from prehistoric times to the present day. Fact windows in the text highlight many noteworthy aspects of Irish history and a chronology gives an overview of Ireland’s major cultural, political and religious trends.Mein Rant: A Summary in Light Verse of Mein KampfMein Rant: A Summary in Light Verse of Mein KampfOur price: £7.99ViewAuthor: Richard Ferrar Patterson, MA, Illustrator: W. Heath RobinsonRobert Burns in Edinburgh - An Illustrated Guide to Burns’ Time in EdinburghRobert Burns in Edinburgh - An Illustrated Guide to Burns’ Time in EdinburghOur price: £14.99ViewA revised edition of Robert Burns in Edinburgh now available.Robert Burns in Your Pocket: A biography and selected poems of Scotland’s National PoetRobert Burns in Your Pocket: A biography and selected poems of Scotland’s National PoetOur price: £9.99ViewRobert Burns in Your Pocket has a clear and accessible biography of Burns and his work, with fifty-two (52) of Burns’ poems and songs, a comprehensive glossary of Scots words, and an index of first lines. Illustrated with line drawings of scenes from Burns’ life, this book also gives a brief introduction to each poem. The book makes an elegant gift or beautiful reference work for your own book collection.Scottish Ghosts (Waverley Scottish Classics series)Scottish Ghosts (Waverley Scottish Classics series)RRP: £4.99Our price: £2.99You save: £2.00 (40%)ViewAuthor: Lily SeafieldScottish Murders (Waverley Scottish Classics series)Scottish Murders (Waverley Scottish Classics series)Our price: £4.99ViewAuthor: Judy Hamilton
Scottish Myths and Legends (Waverley Scottish Classics series)Scottish Myths and Legends (Waverley Scottish Classics series)RRP: £4.99Our price: £2.99You save: £2.00 (40%)ViewAuthor: Judy HamiltonScottish Names (Waverley Scottish Classics series)Scottish Names (Waverley Scottish Classics series)RRP: £4.99Our price: £2.99You save: £2.00 (40%)ViewAuthor: George MackayScottish Painting: 1837 to the presentScottish Painting: 1837 to the presentOur price: £30.00ViewAuthor: William HardieScottish Place Names (Waverley Scottish Classics series)Scottish Place Names (Waverley Scottish Classics series)RRP: £4.99Our price: £2.99You save: £2.00 (40%)ViewAuthor: George MackayScottish Quiz Book (Waverley Scottish Classics series)Scottish Quiz Book (Waverley Scottish Classics series)Our price: £5.99ViewTest your memory, skill and knowledge of the minutiae of Scotland with this quiz book. Scotland, the land of writers, musicians, poets, artists, philosophers, economists, engineers, comedians and hard men – famed for bagpipes, the kilt, shortbread, football (despite our national team), golf, big hearts and tight pockets. A vast range of questions awaits you with its lighthearted, idiosyncratic and quirky collection of testing on facts, figures, lists, history, statistics, and biographies.Scottish Songs (Waverley Scottish Classics series)Scottish Songs (Waverley Scottish Classics series)RRP: £4.99Our price: £2.99You save: £2.00 (40%)ViewA collection of more than 80 traditional compositions arranged for voice and piano, the songs and ballads in this book that reflects the rich heritage of folk music in Scottish life.
Scottish Trials: Noteworthy and Sensational Scottish TrialsScottish Trials: Noteworthy and Sensational Scottish TrialsOur price: £4.99ViewThe fresh telling of the famous and sensational Scottish trials featured in this wide-ranging collection will enthral today’s reader just as much as the drama of the original trials must have fascinated those who were following what was happening in court at the time.The people whose trials are covered in this book include: royal Scots accused of crimes against the Crown (for example, Mary Queen of Scots and Charles 1) and those less noble accused of nefarious crimes such as burglary and worse (for example, Deacon Brodie, and Burke and Hare); men like Joseph Knight, who today is seen as the man whose court case helped demonstrate Scotland was always against slavery, and Thomas Muir, whose actions in support of freedom for the common man were interpreted as seditious and worthy of punishment by transportation to Australia; and women like Madeleine Smith, who was accused of poisoning her lover in the Victorian era.The trials included: Mary Queen of Scots; Charles 1; Captain Kidd; Deacon Brodie; Joseph Knight; Thomas Muir; Sir Gregor MacGregor; Burke and Hare; Madeleine Smith; Jessie McLachlan; the Glasgow City Bankers; Oscar Slater; Helen Duncan. Trimmed Page Size: 193 x 124mm; Paperback; 192pp; spine: 12mm; Weight: 150g. Date of publication: February 2016Scottish Witches (Waverley Scottish Classics series)Scottish Witches (Waverley Scottish Classics series)RRP: £4.99Our price: £2.99You save: £2.00 (40%)ViewIn sixteenth and seventeenth century Scotland, to be accused of being a witch was extremely dangerous. An estimated 4000 witches were put to their death in this period, and the word of someone against you was enough evidence to be life-threatening. The Clans and Tartan Maps of Scotland (folded)The Clans and Tartan Maps of Scotland (folded)Our price: £7.99View The Complete Poems and Songs of Robert BurnsThe Complete Poems and Songs of Robert BurnsOur price: £5.99ViewRobert Burns is more than Scotland’s national poet. The author of 'Auld Lang Syne' and 'Ae Fond Kiss', Burns is today a symbol of Scottish national identity. The Glasgow Boys in Your PocketThe Glasgow Boys in Your PocketOur price: £9.99ViewAuthor: William HardieTraditional Scottish Recipes (Waverley Scottish Classics series)Traditional Scottish Recipes (Waverley Scottish Classics series)RRP: £4.99Our price: £2.99You save: £2.00 (40%)ViewGenerations of Scots have grown up on recipes using oatmeal and oats, curly kail (cabbage), haddock, potatoes, offal (haggis), and soups made with a good ham hough. This book combines traditional, classic recipes with Scottish family favourites – complete with tips – handed down within families to produce a tried and tested, working cookbook of 86 recipes.All the recipes are simple and easy to follow, and each has an introduction that gives a short history or helpful explanation of origins or tips on how to make each classic. Recipes include soups and starters, game, meat, and vegetables, fish, shellfish, bread, baking and desserts and puddings using diary, cereals and soft fruit produce.
VictoriaVictoriaOur price: £9.99ViewPublication date 1/3/19Wales History of a NationWales History of a NationOur price: £7.99ViewWales History of a NationISBN 9781849343336 RRP £7.99 193 x 124mm 320 ppA bestselling book about the history of Wales, now in its third edition and now up date with latest developments on Brexit to spring 2019.
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