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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 nowAre Ye Dancin’?  The Story of Scotland's Dance Halls, Rock n Roll – And How Your Da met your MawAre Ye Dancin’? The Story of Scotland's Dance Halls, Rock n Roll – And How Your Da met your MawOur price: £9.99ViewAre Ye Dancin’ is a light look at personal stories and insider views of Scotland’s dance halls. There used to be more than 600 dance halls in Scotland, and the part they have played in Scottish culture after the 1950s is large. If you are nostalgic for the past, or are interested in just how great the dance hall scene was, this book with stories and pictures will entertain. Eddie Tobin captures the wit and humour of the characters in the dance halls across Scotland where he worked, with his own memories of what made this scene tick in a career that spans 50 years. Eddie’s introductions are followed by anecdotes and stories from people who worked in the halls, with people who went dancing there. In an easy-to-read style this book has more than 100 photographs, and is great for reading cover to cover, or just to dip into.Bonnie Prince Charlie (The Corbies series)Bonnie Prince Charlie (The Corbies series)Our price: £2.99ViewThis colour illustrated book tells the story of Charles Edward Stuart in his quest for the return to the throne of the Stuart kings. The Corbies is a series of bestselling and treasured classics aimed at children aged 7+. Broths to BannocksBroths to BannocksOur price: £12.99ViewAuthor: Catherine BrownDear 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.Discovering Scotland's Lost RailwaysDiscovering Scotland's Lost RailwaysOur price: £30.00ViewAuthor: Julian Holland
Gallery: A Life in ArtGallery: A Life in ArtOur price: £14.99View Gallery: A Life in Art by William HardieGlasgow’s Grand Central Hotel: Glasgow’s most loved hotelGlasgow’s Grand Central Hotel: Glasgow’s most loved hotelOur price: £25.00ViewAuthors: Jill Scott and Bill HicksGod 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.Greyfriars Bobby (The Corbies series)Greyfriars Bobby (The Corbies series)Our price: £2.99ViewA constant favourite, this colour illustrated book tells the lovely story of a loyal dog who sat and waited for his master in Edinburgh. After his master died, the dog still waited for him by his grave in Greyfriars Kirk, and the local people of Edinburgh fed and looked after Bobby until he quickly became known as ‘Greyfriars Bobby’. Greyfriars Bobby (Waverley Scottish Classics series)Greyfriars Bobby (Waverley Scottish Classics series)Our price: £3.99ViewAuthor: Eleanor AtkinsonHauntings: True Life Sightings and Experiences of GhostsHauntings: True Life Sightings and Experiences of GhostsOur price: £7.99ViewAuthor: Rebecca E Kidger
I Fought at Bannockburn (The Corbies series)I Fought at Bannockburn (The Corbies series)Our price: £2.99View This story is one of the most popular Scottish battle stories of all time – how Robert the Bruce led the Scots against King Edward II’s army at Bannockburn and won. The exciting story is told from the point of view of a boy of 15 who fought in King Robert's army. The Corbies is a series of twelve bestselling and treasured classics aimed at children 7+. The books are illustrated in colour throughout and are simple, charming and colourful, helping children understand history in a very accessible way. Popular with teachers, the books provide an invaluable teaching aid.Trimmed Page Size: 167 x 114mm; Hardback; 32pp; spine: 10mm; Weight: 111g.Invention 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.Mavis's ShoeMavis's ShoeOur price: £7.99ViewAuthor: Sue Reid SextonMein 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 RobinsonR. L Stevenson's Kidnapped - retold by John KennettR. L Stevenson's Kidnapped - retold by John KennettOur price: £4.99ViewTPS: 193 x 124mm
Robert 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.Rue End Street: The sequel to Mavis’s ShoeRue End Street: The sequel to Mavis’s ShoeOur price: £7.99ViewAuthor: Sue Reid SextonScottish 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 HamiltonScottish 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 Hamilton
Scottish 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 2016
Scottish 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 Comic Legend of William McGonagallThe Comic Legend of William McGonagallOur price: £9.79ViewAuthor: Charles NasmythThe 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 HardieThe Glasgow Cookery BookThe Glasgow Cookery BookOur price: £16.99ViewThis national bestselling cookery book is a perennial favourite. This is the Centenary edition. With over 1000 recipes, The Glasgow Cookery Book is sought-after, revered and reflects 100 years of expertise. For those not familiar with the book, this is not a 'Scottish cookery book', it is more of a tried and trusted Mrs Beeton, with a comprehensive factual how to approach for cookery and baking. The Malt Whisky Map of Scotland (folded)The Malt Whisky Map of Scotland (folded)Our price: £7.99ViewAvailable from February 15 2019. Also available rolled, in a tube £9.99
The Malt Whisky Map of Scotland (rolled in tube)The Malt Whisky Map of Scotland (rolled in tube)Our price: £9.99ViewPrepared by publisher and whisky writer Neil Wilson and James McEwan. James is a former master distiller of Bruichladdich, and helped to developArdnahoe whisky on Islay. This map is fully updated for2019 and features every distillery in production alongwith those that have closed since 1960. This edition of the map is rolled and folded in the tube.The map size is 974 x 674mm. Tube length: 360 mmThere have been whisky maps before, but this new map is the bestavailable. With over 120 active distilleries in Scotland, Scotland is the world's largest producer of whisky, followed by the USA, and Japan. For those who love statistics, in 2008 Scotland produced 534 million litres of whisky - that's a lot of whisky. This map is in full colour, and with a wealth of distillery information on the reverse, the map gives a full view of the whisky-producing regions of Scotland.The regional boundaries of these have been redrawn in an attempt to simplify this aspect of the industry. James McEwan’s unique (and funny) notes are incorporated on the reverse, along with a distillery directory, websiteaddresses, cooperage notes, cask information, Landranger OS map references and some interesting distillery terms.The map shows distilleries that have visitor facilities, with their details on the rear of the map. So if your interest is purely academic, or that of an enthusiast andwhisky lover, this new map is ideal. We invite you to come to Scotland and put our map to the test! The Story of Iona and St Columba (The Corbies series)The Story of Iona and St Columba (The Corbies series)Our price: £1.99ViewThis colour illustrated book tells the story how St Columba sailed with the monks to the Scottish island Iona and built an abbey, which became Iona Abbey. The Corbies is a series of twelve bestselling and treasured classics aimed at children 7+. The books are illustrated in colour throughout and are simple, charming and colourful, helping children understand history in a very accessible way. Popular with teachers, the books provide an invaluable teaching aid.Trimmed Page Size: 167 x 114mm; Hardback; 32pp; spine: 10mm; Weight: 111g.The Story of Mary Queen of Scots (The Corbies series)The Story of Mary Queen of Scots (The Corbies series)Our price: £2.99ViewThis illustrated colour children’s book explains the story of story of Scotland’s youngest Queen, Mary Queen of Scots and how she was imprisoned because she was seen as a threat to Queen Elizabeth I. The Corbies is a series of twelve bestselling and treasured classics aimed at children 7+. The books are illustrated in colour throughout and are simple, charming and colourful, helping children understand history in a very accessible way. Popular with teachers, the books provide an invaluable teaching aid.Trimmed Page Size: 167 x 114mm; Hardback; 32pp; spine: 10mm; Weight: 111g.The Story of Rob Roy (The Corbies series)The Story of Rob Roy (The Corbies series)Our price: £2.99ViewThis colour illustrated book tells the story of the popular Scottish folk hero, Rob Roy. Rob Roy was the nickname for Scottish hero Robert Roy MacGregor, who has been described as a Scottish Robin Hood. The Story of Robert the Bruce (The Corbies series)The Story of Robert the Bruce (The Corbies series)Our price: £2.99ViewThis story of Robert the Bruce explains how this fair and strong man became Scotland’s warrior king and secured Scotland’s independence from England.The Story of Scotland's Flag (The Corbies series)The Story of Scotland's Flag (The Corbies series)Our price: £2.99ViewThis illustrated colour children’s book explains the story of how Saint Andrew’s Cross, or The Saltire, became Scotland’s flag.
The Story of William Wallace (The Corbies series)The Story of William Wallace (The Corbies series)Our price: £2.99ViewThis illustrated colour children’s book tells the thrilling story of how Sir William Wallace, the Scottish patriot and national hero, led his army against the English at the Battle of Stirling Bridge.This is Birmingham: A glimpse of the city’s secret treasuresThis is Birmingham: A glimpse of the city’s secret treasuresOur price: £9.99ViewAuthor: Jan BowmanTraditional 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.Writing on the Road: Campervan Love and the Joy of SolitudeWriting on the Road: Campervan Love and the Joy of SolitudeOur price: £8.99ViewAuthor: Sue Reid Sexton
Young Robert BurnsYoung Robert BurnsRRP: £3.99Our price: £2.99You save: £1.00 (25%)ViewIdeal for children aged 6 - 12, this colour illustrated book explains the early life of Robert Burns and how he grew up to be Scotland's best known poet and lyricist. One of the Corbies series, this book is a tried and tested and trusted classic, and has been selling since 1992. Suitable for schools and homework projects, this book explains Burns' early life in Alloway. Today, Burns is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. Known best for poems such as Auld Lang Syne and My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose, Burns is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, and he is seen as a leader of the Romantic movement. After his death he was a source of inspiration to the founders of liberalism and socialism and today he is a cultural icon not just in Scotland. His work is taught in many countries such as Russia and Canada. He is regarded as one of the greatest Scots.
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