Recent Scottish interest items received at the National Library of Scotland included My friends the Miss Boyds by Scottish author Jane Duncan (1910-1976). Jane was born in Renton, Dunbartonshire but spent much of her childhood in the Highlands on her grandparents’ croft on the Black Isle. She studied English at the University of Glasgow and lived in Jamaica for ten years before returning to the Black Isle after her husband’s death. My friends the Miss Boyds, Jane’s first novel, was originally published in 1959 and has been re-published this year by Millrace Books to mark the centenary of Jane’s birth.
The men of the north : the Britons of southern Scotland by Tim Clarkson considers the history of the North Britons, perhaps the least researched inhabitants of dark age and early medieval Scotland. The author examines the culture and history of the North Britons, paying particular attention to the fortunes of the Kingdom of Strathclyde, the last kingdom of the North Britons, from the 5th century through to the 11th century. The men of the north is published by John Donald.
The history of Orkney literature by Simon W. Hall, published by John Donald presents a full survey of writing from and influenced by Orkney. Edwin Muir, Eric Linklater, George Mackay Brown and Walter Traill Dennison are amongst the authors examined in this work.
The woman I was born to be is the autobiography of Scottish superstar Susan Boyle. In this book Susan tells the story of her remarkable journey to fame and how she coped with all the challenges this brought with a combination of faith, courage and humour. The woman I was born to be is published by Bantam Press.