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.

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.


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. 


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Finding Our Way - A History of Scottish Maps

Posted: Fri 31st Aug

This weekend is the last chance to see our very popular Maps and Mapping Exhibition in Aberfeldy. It ends on Sunday 2nd September but don't worry you haven't missed it completely! You will be able to see the collection of fascinating old maps in our sister shop, The Highland Bookshop in Fort William from Saturday 8th September.

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Posted: Tue 22nd Aug

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