A good selection of Scottish material was received by the National Library of Scotland this week, including Cairngorm John: a life in mountain rescue, the autobiography of John Allen, a member of the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team since 1971. Cairngorm John is a first-hand account of the challenges faced by rescue teams operating in hostile environments and covers everything from dealing with hypothermia to rescues involving search dogs and helicopters.
Also received this week, Atomic City by George Gunn is a spoken opera based on the impact of the Dounreay nuclear plant on the town of Thurso in Caithness. Born in Dunnet, near Thurso, in 1956, George Gunn is a well known poet, playwright and founder of the Grey Coast Theatre Company.
Another new addition, A snowball in summer is a collection of poetry by Lorn Macintyre. This latest publication by Lorn is influenced by his childhood at Dunstaffnage House, Connel, Argyll.
Also new in this week was Prisoner of the Inquisition, the latest novel by Scottish author Theresa Breslin. A former librarian, Theresa is the award-winning author of over 30 novels. Her latest work follows the story of a young man seeking vengeance for the wrongful arrest of his father by the Spanish Inquisition.