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Birlinn Books – Notes from the Basement, 15 December, 2020

  15 Dec '20   |  Posted by: Birlinn

First of all, tomorrow (16th December) is the last day orders from our website can be processed for Christmas delivery. So if you’ve been putting off Christmas shopping, and to be honest some of us have, NOW IS THE TIME.

If you’re in search of inspiration, here is Part II of our Staff Gift Picks, featuring shiny new 2020 books as well as the evergreen favourites of our mighty backlist.

Have you ever wondered about Christmas in Japan? Iain Maloney, who moved there in 2005, writes about getting over Christmas. It involves KFC, some bad advertising and a language advisory.

This just in from the Irish Times: a list of books banned in Ireland down the years, which includes Muriel Spark’s extremely funny novel, The Bachelors.

Fancy some winter sunshine? Allow Stuart Cosgrove to transport you to Miami. Since it’s Stuart, it’s also 1963 and the city is on edge: Kennedy is in town, and so is a talented young boxer. Plunge into the setting of Cassius X: A Legend in the Making.

The light is low as we approach the winter solstice. It’s got its own beauty, though. Alexander McCall Smith’s poem ‘Winter’ starts with that light and becomes a meditation on Scotland’s northerliness.

Tim Clarkson should be congratulated on producing aa book which marries together painstaking and detailed research with common-sense and open-minded analysis … The book that emerges succeeds in cutting through centuries of confusion and complexity in a way that is deeply impressive

Undiscovered Scotland

The Dark Ages? Not so dark, when you have Tim Clarkson as a guide. Birlinn MD Hugh Andrew reflects on publishing a body of work on how the Kingdom of Scotland came to be.

Bringing the fizz this year, Davy Zyw author of 101 Champagnes and Sparkling Wines, has top recommendations for your household celebrations.

That’s all folks! Be the sparkle you want to see in the world.

Team Birlinn

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