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We’ve compiled a list of some of the best and brightest Birlinn fiction, from backlist gems to titles that you might have missed over the past year. Immerse yourself and find something new this April!


  • Paperback | Pub: 07 May 2020
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    In June 1940, the Channel Islands becomes the only part of Great Britain to be occupied by Hitler’s forces. Hedy Bercu, a young Jewish girl from Vienna who fled to Jersey two years earlier to escape the Anschluss, finds herself once more entrapped…

  • Hardback | Pub: 01 Oct 2020
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    It’s December 1967, and the town of Kinloch is cut off by heavy snow. With all roads closed, the only way to feed and water the townsfolk is for the fishing fleet to sail to Girvan for much needed supplies. But the skipper of the Girl Maggie,…

  • Paperback | Pub: 29 Jan 2015
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    When the body of a young woman is washed up on an idyllic beach on the west coast of Scotland, D.C.I. Jim Daley is despatched from Glasgow to lead the investigation. Far from home, and his troubled marriage, it seems that Daley’s biggest obstacle…

  • Paperback | Pub: 10 Mar 2016
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    On an island like no other, populated by writers, the annual Brilliant & Forever Festival is a much anticipated event; its participants a story away from either glory or infamy. This year, three best friends – two human, one alpaca –…

  • Paperback | Pub: 18 Feb 2013
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    Winner of the 2013 Indies Choice Honor Award A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present. When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a…

  • Paperback | Pub: 25 Jun 2015
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    Paul Leibovitz was once an ambitious advisor, dedicated father, and loving husband. But after living for nearly thirty years in Hong Kong, personal tragedy strikes and Paul’s marriage unravels in the fallout. When he makes a fleeting…

  • Paperback | Pub: 05 Jul 2018
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    Charlie Gavin was abducted as a baby. He didn’t know who he was or where he came from. His mission was to find himself. And when he did, he decided to spend his life finding other lost souls by opening the Be Kindly Missing Persons Bureau. Martha…

  • Paperback | Pub: 11 Jun 2020
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    Paul Stewart has returned to Scotland to continue his successful career. His agent and girlfriend, Gloria, has arranged for him to write The Philosophy of Food in Six Easy Chapters, a project he relishes but that will have to be delivered in six…

  • Hardback | Pub: 13 Aug 2020
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    Stories do not have to be long. In the space of a couple of sentences – or even a page or two – we may see the human heart exposed in a way that is more powerful than occurs in many much longer narratives. In Tiny Tales Alexander McCall Smith…

  • Paperback | Pub: 06 Jun 2019
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    In 1920s Scotland a foreign dignitary on a secret visit has been abducted by men who plan to murder him. Veteran adventurer Richard Hannay must recruit three of his oldest friends to prevent a catastrophe that could plunge Europe into another war….

  • Paperback | Pub: 07 Jan 2021
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    1947. In a damp, run-down farmhouse on the island of Jura, George Orwell is embarking on his greatest work: Nineteen Eighty-Four. Forty-four years old and suffering from the tuberculosis that will eventually take his life, this book is his legacy…

  • Paperback | Pub: 20 Sep 2016
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    Young Donald Peter Gillies, a Lovat scout soldier lies in hospital in Gallipoli in 1916, blinded by the Turks. There he falls in love with his Queen Alexandra Corps nurse, Louise, and she with him. The story moves back and forth from their time at…

  • Paperback | Pub: 04 Oct 2018
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    SHORTLISED FOR THE MCILVANNEY SCOTTISH CRIME DEBUT PRIZE 2019 All over Britain, POW camps are filling up with defeated German soldiers. Every day, thousands more pour in on ships from France. But only the most dangerous are sent to Camp 21 –…

  • Paperback | Pub: 13 Aug 2020
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    Sarah Sutherland wanted to be an archaeologist but now she is struggling to cope with the demands of work and caring for her elderly father, who has his own secret troubles. Her fascination with the past still remains, and she feels a special…

  • Paperback | Pub: 29 May 2008
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    Sammar is a young Sudanese widow, working as an Arabic translator at a British university. Following the sudden death of her husband, and estranged from her young son, she drifts, grieving and isolated. Life takes a positive turn when she finds…

  • Paperback | Pub: 06 Jun 2019
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    From the winner of the 2018 Writers’ Guild Award Vanish to a different land with Sissy Olikara. Sissy is twelve years old, living with her parents and baby brother on a school campus outside Lusaka. It is 1978, and the political situation in…

  • Paperback | Pub: 27 Jun 2019
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    First published in 1973 by the Hogarth Press, Magnus is George Mackay Brown’s tour de force – his most poetic and innovative book. He links the twelfth-century story of the saintly Earl Magnus of Orkney’s brutal murder at the hands of his…

  • Paperback | Pub: 03 Sep 2020
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    This complete collection of Agnes Owens’ five novellas opens with ‘Like Birds in the Wilderness’, a portrait of brickie Mac. He’s a straightforward guy with a talent for laying bricks and a liking for the drink who decides to head to…

  • Paperback | Pub: 22 Apr 2010
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    1579, St. Andrews. A thirteen-year old boy meets his death on the streets of the university city of St. Andrews and suspicion falls upon one of the regents at the university, Nicholas Colp. Hew Cullan, a young lawyer recently returned home from…

  • Paperback | Pub: 11 May 2017
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    ‘There is not a dull page from start to finish’ – Alexander McCall Smith ‘this is a really accomplished debut: atmospheric, detailed, and hitting every requirement for a satisfying crime novel’ – Waterstones ‘The…