Another good selection of Scottish material was received by the National Library of Scotland this week including Avenging the dead, a historical crime novel by Scottish author Guy Fraser. Set in 19th century Glasgow, Avenging the dead follows Superintendent Henry Jarrett as he investigates a forgery scandal and several murders.
Also new this week was Ties that bind: boys’ schools of Edinburgh by Alasdair Roberts. This volume traces the history of Edinburgh boys’ schools from the medieval period up to the present day, with particular space devoted to the 19th and 20th centuries. The discussion covers the development of school uniforms, teaching methods, sports and the impact of the two world wars. Amply illustrated with photographs and drawings, this book is a companion to the previously published Crème de la Crème: girls’ schools of Edinburgh.
Staying with the history of the capital, the paperback version of Michael Fry’s Edinburgh: a history of the city was also received this week. In this work, the author traces the history of the development of the city, both physically and intellectually, and explores the effect of broader historical events upon the capital.
Also received this week was The life and works of John Maclaughlan Milne, the catalogue for an exhibition being held at the Portland Gallery, London from 17 June until 9 July 2010. John Maclaughlan Milne, a Scottish Colourist, was born in Buckhaven, Fife in 1885. Throughout his life he lived and worked in various locations, both in Scotland and abroad, and was particularly influenced by his years in France. He died in Arran in 1957. This is the first major exhibition on the artist, featuring over eighty of his paintings.