A good variety of new Scottish interest items was received by the National Library of Scotland last week, including A sickness in the family, a graphic novel by Scottish writer Denise Mina. Denise was born in Glasgow and wrote her first novel whilst studying for a PhD at Strathclyde University. As well as novels and graphic novels, Denise writes plays, short stories and scripts for television and radio. A sickness in the family is published by Vertigo Crime and features artwork by Antonio Fuso. You can find references to more items by Denise on Scottish Bibliographies Online.
Doocots are amongst the oldest agricultural buildings in Scotland, historically acting as shelters for doves farmed mainly for their flesh. The doocots of the East Lothian region are meticulously researched and recorded in Doocots of Scotland: East Lothian by Munro Dunn and David Elder. Published by The Scottish Vernacular Buildings Working Group, this volume describes the history, design and construction of the East Lothian doocots and is illustrated with photographs and line drawings. You can find more references to articles, books and chapters about doocots on Scottish Bibliographies Online.
Catherine Brown investigates the history of Scottish cooking in Broths to bannocks: cooking in Scotland 1690 to the present day, published by Waverley Books. This book contains over 650 traditional Scottish recipes from different regions of Scotland as well as an interesting discussion of the historical background and evolution of these recipes over the last 320 years. There are many books, articles and chapters about Scottish cookery referenced on Scottish Bibliographies Online.
Scottish shorts, edited by Philip Howard and published by Nick Hern Books contains a selection of nine short Scottish plays. Featured playwrights include Davey Anderson, Catherine Czerkawska, Stanley Eveling, David Grieg, David Harrower, Douglas Maxwell, Rona Munro, Morna Pearson and Louise Welsh. You can find out more about major Scottish plays at our 12 Key Scottish Plays web feature.