This week saw another varied intake of new Scottish interest items, including Edinburgh based Sara Sheridan’s historical novel The secret mandarin. The novel is based on the life of Scottish botanist Robert Fortune, who travelled to China to collect plants for the British East India Company during the 1840s.
Also new in this week was the latest novel by Scottish author Carmen Reid. Celebrity shopper is the latest instalment in the Annie Valentine series about a personal shopper who presents her own TV fashion show. Carmen also writes the Secrets at St Jude’s children’s stories.
Another newly received item was Andrew Duncan senior : physician of the Enlightenment edited by John Chalmers. This book explores the life and achievements of Andrew Duncan who was a pioneering figure in the care and treatment of psychiatric patients and was instrumental in the foundation of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital in 1807. You can read more about Andrew Duncan and related items held by the National Library of Scotland in this blog by my colleagues in Rare Books.
Several items relating to The Great North of Scotland Railway were also received this week. These included Directors, dilemmas and debt, Carriage compendium and The Great North of Scotland Railway war memorial. All these titles are published by the Great North of Scotland Railway Association and chart various aspects of the history of the railway, which was originally set up in 1845 to build a line between Aberdeen and Inverness.