A good selection of Scottish material continued to arrive at the National Library of Scotland over the festive period. Items of interest included Beatrix Potter’s Scotland : her Perthshire inspiration by Lynne McGeachie and published by Luath Press. Although usually associated with the Lake District, Beatrix Potter also spent a considerable amount of her childhood in Perthshire. Every summer for 11 years Beatrix and her family spent their holidays at Dalguise House near Dunkeld and some of her stories were inspired by the nature and characters she encountered during her rambles in the Perthshire countryside.
The leading role of the University of Edinburgh Medical School in the development of modern medicine is examined in Bodysnatchers to lifesavers : three centuries of medicine in Edinburgh by Tara Womersley and Dorothy H. Crawford. Burke and Hare, Charles Darwin, Joseph Lister, Sophia Jex-Blake and Dolly the Sheep are just some of the famous names discussed in this volume which examines the development of surgical techniques and medical knowledge as well as issues such as the entrance of women into the medical school and profession. Bodysnatchers to lifesavers is published by Luath Press.
Inside the Wicker Man : how not to make a cult classic by Allan Brown and published by Polygon looks at the production of the cult film and details the various set-backs that beset filming from the outset.
Shadow play is the latest crime novel by Scottish author Karen Campbell. Born in Paisley, Karen is a former police officer and has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. Shadow play, published by Hodder is her third novel.