New items received by the National Library of Scotland this week included Poster to poster : railway journeys in art. Vol. 1 Scotland by Richard Furness. This volume contains over 300 Scottish railway posters from the National Railway Museum at York and covers all regions of Scotland.
The Breckness Estate : a history of its lairds, tenants and farms, and Skaill House by James M. Irvine gives a fascinating insight into the history of the Breckness Estate on the Orkney Mainland. Founded in the 1620s, the estate hosts Skara Brae, as well as a RSPB reserve and many other heritage sites. The author traces the history of the estate over a 400 year period, primarily through reference to the estate archives of over 18,000 documents.
Unwritten secrets is the new novel by Scottish writer Ronald Frame. Unwritten secrets is set in Vienna, following the story of a famous American soprano who unexpectedly returns to the city after an absence of 25 years. Ronald’s last novel, The lantern bearers won the 2000 Saltire Book of the Year Award and was long listed for the Booker Prize. Ronald is also well known for his series of short stories set in the fictional Scottish town of Carnbeg. Some of Ronald Frame’s papers are held in the Manuscripts Collections at the National Library of Scotland.