A Dictionary of Scottish Phrase and Fable

By Ian Crofton

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Birlinn Limited

Birlinn publishes mostly non-fiction books, ranging from biography to history, military history and Scottish interest. Their imprints, Polygon Books, Arena Sport Books and John Donald Books, publish a wide variety of genres including culture, literary fiction, poetry and sports.

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This authoritative, entertaining and eminently browsable reference book, arranged in easily accessible A-Z format, is an absorbing and imaginative feast of Scottish lore, language, history and culture, from the mythical origins of the Scots in Scythia to the contemporary Scotland of the Holyrood parliament and Trainspotting. Here Tartan Tories rub shoulders with Torry girls, the Misery from the Manse exchanges a nod with Stalin's Granny, Thomas the Rhymer and the Wizard of Reay walk hand in hand with Bible John, and the reader is taken for a rollercoaster ride round Caledonia, from Furry Boots City to the Costa Clyde, via the Cold Shoulder of Scotland, the West Lothian Alps and the Reykjavik of the South. The result is a breathtaking and quirky celebration of Scotland, packed with fact and anecdote.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 12 Oct 2016
SKU 9781780274287-grouped
Number of Pages 528

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'It is nigh impossible to reach the item you first set out to read without being sidetracked by other beguiling morsels'

'This is the best compendium of Scottish life, lore, language and literature'

 'This is such a linguistic and etymological treasure trove that once picked up it is virtually impossible to put down'

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