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  • Paperback | Pub: 04 Feb 2021

    In a career spanning forty years, Angus Roxburgh lived and worked in Russia as a literary translator, as Moscow correspondent of the Sunday Times and the BBC, and as a media consultant to the Kremlin. He witnessed Russian history unfolding at first…

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Angus Roxburgh

‘If you want a good, enthralling memoir of the great, raging days of turmoil in Russia and the USSR, as witnessed and recorded by an honest man, this is the one to read’
– Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday

‘Nobody has a better ear for Russia than Angus Roxburgh – a joy to read, often very funny, often profoundly sad, and in both respects a good reflection of the Russian experience’
– Justin Webb, Today programme (BBC)

‘A gripping story, scintillatingly told’
The Scotsman

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We're thrilled to share that @ghilliebasan's culinary journey through the Highlands of Scotland, A Taste of the Highlands, has been shortlisted for a prestigious #guildoffoodwriters award! 🎉 @thegfw

Are you beginning to plan a summer escape to the sun? ☀️ The perfect holiday accompaniment is the latest novel by @alexandermccallsmith, now out in paperback, The Pavilion in the Clouds. Find out more and order yours on our website. 📚

We are very proud of our list of poetry books being published this year, with three brilliant collections already out in the world. As well as a 50th anniversary edition of Liz Lochhead's debut collection Memo for Spring, and the fantastic new collection from Hannah Lavery Blood Salt Spring, today we published Other Worlds: An Anthology of Scottish Island Poems.

Edited by Stewart Conn, this is a beautiful anthology in which rich depictions of island flora and fauna sit alongside sightings of croft dwellers and ferry-lowpers. In Other Worlds editor Stewart Conn has sought poems to set readers' hearts racing through a sharpening of memory or in opening new vistas and evoking new worlds and states of mind from Orkney and Shetland to the Hebrides, to Mull and Iona, Arran and Ailsa Craig; from St Kilda and Luing to Inchcape, the Torren rocks and the Isle of May. 🌊 🪨 ☀️ 🏔

Other Worlds is available now from your local bookshop or on the Birlinn website.

We are thrilled to reveal the cover for @jenni_fagan’s upcoming poetry collection, The Bone Library, which we are publishing in September.

The Bone Library examines and interprets all of human life. The poems here respond to broader themes of identity, of place, of love and the unloved. Written in the old Dick Vet Bone Library during the author’s time as writer in residence there, this is a vivid exploration that cuts to the very core of what it is to be alive. It is also a collection that is honest and carries with it, always, an undertow of elegy.

Cover design by our brilliant designer @abi.salvesen.