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    Established in 1992, Birlinn Limited publishes books under a number of imprints: Birlinn; Polygon; BC Books; Arena Sport; and John Donald.

    The Birlinn imprint publishes Scottish and general UK interest books, from biography to history, military to politics, and Scottish Gaelic. The name comes from the old Norse word ‘birlinn’, meaning a long boat or small galley used especially in the Hebrides and West Highlands of Scotland in the Middle Ages.

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    A Sketchbook of Edinburgh

    In this evocative book Iain and Anne Fraser take the reader, both visitor and resident, on a personal journey through the centre of one of the world's most unforgettable cities.

    A Taste of Scotland's Islands

    The Scottish islands are full of innovative cooks and restaurants and this book will introduce readers to an exciting and unfamiliar regional cuisine

    A Taste of the Highlands

    A brand-new cookery-cum-travel book featuring over 100 recipes, from the traditional to the contemporary, showcasing the very best produce from the Scottish Highlands.

    A Time of Tyrants: Scotland and the Second World War

    Trevor Royle examines Scotland's role in the Second World War from a wide range of perspectives. The country's geographical position gave it great strategic importance for importing war materiel and reinforcements, for conducting naval and aerial operations against the enemy and for training regular and specialist SOE and commando forces.

    A Wee Bird Was Watching

    Karine Polwart & kate Leiper

    A Wee Bird Was Watching

    An exquisite retelling of the tale of how the robin got its red breast by one of the country's most popular singer-songwriters.

    Acid Attack: A Journalist's War with Organised Crime

    A fascinating and unique perspective on the Scottish crime scene by an acclaimed investigative journalist

    Ardkinglas: The Biography of a Highland Estate

    The story of an ancient Scottish estate.

    Ardnish Was Home: A Novel

    A moving love story and engaging account of early twentieth-century Highland life.

    Ardnish: A Novel

    Ardnish, the Highlands of Scotland, 1944. On his deathbed, Donald John Gillies sends for a priest to hear his last confession. During his 85 years he has witnessed much - world wars, the loss of family through death and emigration, and the daily struggles which face the small remote community.