Top discounts for our loyal readers this weekend – don’t miss out!

  28 Nov '19   |  Posted by: Birlinn

This weekend, and only on our new website, readers can enjoy 20% off across the full range of books published under the Birlinn, Polygon, John Donald, BC Books and Arena imprints.  Explore the site to find the perfect Christmas gift. (Note: Discounted prices are shown on book pages.)

Or take the perfect shortcut  – 

For travellers and adventurers:

For cooks – and armchair cooks:

  • A Taste of Scottish Islands – ‘if you have foodies on your gift list, this book will be a surprise to be remembered. And treasured’ – Cooking by the Book
  • The Scottish Vegan Cookbook – ‘packed with nutritional side notes and lovely food photography’ – Scottish Field
  • Dear Alfonso – ‘simply delightful!’ – Alexander McCall Smith

For young cooks:

Stocking fillers: 

For the host:

For the music lover:

  • Detroit 67  – ‘A book, and a trilogy, that evokes an extraordinarily creative and culturally progressive time that now feels far distant’ – Observer
  • Memphis 68 – Music Book of the Year, Rough Trade
  • Harlem 69 – ‘An impressively granular month-by-month deep dive into Harlem’s fertile musical response to a time of social and political upheaval’ – Financial Times

For the poetry lover:

Crime and Mystery fans:

  • The Unmaking of Ellie RookIreland’s denouement is both exciting and unexpected‘ – David Robinson
  • The Case of Constant Suicides – ‘the acknowledged master of the genre’ – David Robinson
  • A Breath on Dying Embers – ‘What a way to end this book!!! I sure hope there is another one coming. There must be!!!!‘ – Good Reads
  • Thunder Bay – ‘Exquisite language, credible characters, and unrelenting suspense—this crime novel has it all’ Publishers Weekly starred review!
  • The End of the Line – ‘A well-crafted ‘whodunnit’ with an intriguing storyline’ – Wee Review

For History buffs:

  • Scotland: Her Story – ‘a really fine book, and an important one’ – BBC Radio Scotland
  • Facing the Bear: Scotland and the Cold War – ‘an interesting look back at the Cold War era in Scotland’ – Washington Times
  • Insurrection – ‘fascinating reading, both painful and uplifting‘ – The Scotsman
  • The King Over the Water – ‘Seward’s style is approachable and eminently readable, leading you through the many twists and turns. Deserves to be widely read‘ – Undiscovered Scotland
  • Britain’s DNA Journey Now the subject of a major ITV programme

Alexander McCall Smith fans

For walkers and adventurers

Reflecting on financial woes:

For those seeking memoir and biography:

For the youngest readers Clever Dog Kip

When the stress of Christmas gets too much – lose yourself in a fine novel:

  • Black Camp 21 – ‘Excellent – a story I never heard before, told with pace and power, and no pulled punches.  Highly recommended’ – Lee Child
  • Muriel Spark’s The Driver Seat – ‘Spark may be best known for Jean Brodie, but this is her greatest work, and one of the finest novels of the 20th century’ – The Herald’s 25 Scottish Books You Must read

or try a little colouring in

These are just a tiny selection of titles to give and receive this Christmas. Browse the site for more gems.

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