New titles received at the National Library of Scotland this week included The man who cycled the Americas by Scottish cyclist Mark Beaumont. This book tells the story of Mark’s solo cycle from Alaska to the southernmost tip of South America, a 13,000 mile journey taking in the Rocky and Andes mountain ranges. The man who cycled the Americas is published by Bantam Press.
Fife based poet and novelist John Burnside’s new novel A summer of drowning is the story of a young woman looking back at her isolated life on a remote island in the Arctic Circle as she attempts to solve the mystery of the drowning of two young boys. A summer of drowning is published by Jonathan Cape.
Mary Slessor : everybody’s mother by Jeanette Hardage and published by Lutterworth examines the public and private life of the Scottish missionary. Born in Aberdeen in 1848, Mary worked as a weaver in the Dundee textile mills as a child. Active in the local Presbyterian church, Mary completed her missionary training in Edinburgh in 1876. From then until her death in 1915, Mary lived in West Africa where she was particularly active in upholding women’s rights in her role as magistrate of the native court. This volume draws upon Mary’s own writings and other contemporary sources to examine the life and legacy of this remarkable Scot. You can find further references to items about Mary Slessor on Scottish Bibliographies Online.
The ballad repertoire of Anna Gordon, Mrs Brown of Falkland edited by Sigrid Rieuwerts looks at the ballads of Anna Gordon or Mrs Brown, 1747-1810. A renowned Scottish balladeer, Anna Gordon’s ballads were passed down to her entirely through oral tradition, from her grandmother, mother and aunts. This volume contains the text and musical notations from all Anna Gordon’s manuscripts and is number 8 in the 5th series of publications by the Scottish Text Society, available from Boydell & Brewer. You can find further references to items about Scottish ballads on Scottish Bibliographies Online.