This week’s intake contained a good variety of Scottish items including the latest in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith. The double comfort safari club sees Mma Ramotswe investigating a series of strange events in a safari club in the north of Botswana. The National Library of Scotland has also received an audio book copy of this title.
Also received this week was The guidman’s daughter, a collection of poetry by Henry Marsh. Henry was born in Broughty Ferry and currently lives in Midlothian. This volume of his work contains a sequence of poems based on the life of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Another new addition to the collections was Empty, the first play by Scottish novelist Cathy Forde. Empty was first performed by the National Theatre of Scotland at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow in March 2010. You can view Cathy’s blog about Empty here. Cathy was also the 2009/2010 virtual writer in residence for the Scottish Book Trust.
Other recent arrivals were two volumes in the History of everyday life in Scotland series published by Edinburgh University Press. A history of everyday life in twentieth-century Scotland edited by Lynn Abrams and Callum G. Brown examines the reinvention of Scottish culture and society over the course of the 1900s, looking at everyday life, identity, possessions and culture. A history of everyday life in Scotland, 1600-1800 edited by Christopher A. Whatley and Elizabeth Foyster looks at the culture and society of Scotland during the 17th and 18th centuries, which witnessed the significant impact of agricultural mechanisation and the emerging industrial revolution on everyday life. Future books in the series will examine the period from 1800-1900 and medieval Scotland.