A good selection of new items was received by the National Library of Scotland last week, including The Italian Chapel by Philip Paris, a novel based on the true story of the Italian prisoners of war in Orkney during the Second World War.
Also newly received was Headshook : contemporary novelists and poets writing on Scotland’s future. Edited by Stuart Kelly of the Scotland on Sunday, this book is a collection of new writings on the subject of Scotland’s future by eminent Scottish authors including contributions from Alasdair Gray, Ali Smith, Liz Lochhead, James Kelman.
Another recent addition was Homecomings, the story of a woman who finds the diary of a 19th century crofter in her attic. Homecomings is the debut novel by Donald Paterson who was born in Motherwell, grew up in Tain and now lives in the Black Isle.
Also recently received was Land, sea and Skye, the catalogue for an exhibition of Scottish landscapes by artist Fiona Haldane. The exhibition is being held at Eduardo Alessandro Studios in Dundee during March 2010.