Some good reads recommended by Kevin

Recently I've been making way through Alan Furst's spy thrillers, including Spies of Warsaw, Spies of the Balkans, Dark Voyage and Mission to Paris. They have a great sense of 'place' and give more insight to the beliefs that lead people to underground resistance activity and spying than more traditional spy thrillers that focus on the details of 'tradecraft'.

Also there's John Baxter’s Most Beautiful Walk in the World, £8.99. The author, a guide of Literary Walking Tours, brings to life the back streets and back stories of Paris.  Thinking Fast & Slow by Daniel Kahneman £9.99 is a brilliant, well written study of the psychology of decision making, or, as it turned out with Wall Street, what passed for decision making.

Finally, Land Mountain and Flood – an absolute classic introduction to the forces that made Scotland’s landscape - is now out of print but we’ve bought the last of the publisher’s stock - £20.

Map Addict by Mike Parker

A tale of Obsession, Fudge and the Ordnance Survey


An Eye on the Street - photographs by David Peat

Published by Rennaissance Press. 108 pages, 54 photographs by David Peat, with an  introduction and commentaries by Alan Spence (writer and poet), Robin Gillanders (photographer) and David Bruce (photographic historian) as well as some words by David Peat himself. Sadly David died of cancer before the publication, which will be on 9 June. Reserve your copy now to remember this remarkable photographer and filmmaker's work.


Fauna Scotica by Polly Pullar

Published October 2012. This beautifully illustrated book is the most complete companion to Scottish animals and birds. Themed around habitats (mountain; bog and moor; woods; lochs; farm; sea and urban). As well as detailed descriptions and biological information, the text is interspersed with much detail - historical, folklore, anecdotal and even culinary - which offers fascinating insights into the role of animals in our cultural life.


Return to One Man's Island

Keith Brockie's 'One Man's Island: Paintings and Sketches from the Isle of May'  (1984), immediately became one of the bestselling Scottish natural history books of all time. The combination of breathtaking wildlife images with notes and background information, captured unforgettably the beauty of nature, and in particular that of the Isle of May. From April through to October of 2010 he stayed on the island, working intensively to produce an entirely new set of drawings and paintings, resulting in 'Return to One Man's Island'.


Hundred Year Old Man by Jonas Jonasson

It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. He is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The mayor is going to be there. But, Allan is not...Slowly but surely Allan climbs out of his bedroom window, and makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, we learn something of Allan's earlier life in which he helped to make the atom bomb, became friends with American presidents, Russian tyrants, and Chinese leaders, and was a participant behind the scenes in many key events of the twentieth century. A fun, feel-good book for all ages. 


Spies of Warsaw by Allan Furst

On a cool October evening in 1937, German engineer and secret agent Herr Edvard Uhl arrives in Warsaw. He suppresses a chill of fear. Tonight, he will be with his mistress; tomorrow, he will be at a bar, where he will meet with a French military attache. Information will be exchanged for money. War is coming to Europe. And although bombs and bullets have yet to fly, French and German operatives are already caught in a deadly espionage battle. In a war of intelligence and subterfuge, no spy can help being drawn into the murky world of abduction, betrayal and intrigue. 


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