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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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    Darien: A Journey in Search of Empire

    The Company of Scotland and its attempts to establish the colony of Caledonia on the inhospitable isthmus of Panama in the late seventeenth century is one of the most tragic moments of Scottish history. This is the first book to set out the full history of a key moment in Scottish history.

    Dear Alfonso: An Italian Feast of Love and Laughter

    A heart-warming celebration of life and living, illustrated with archive family images and packed with anecdote, humour and history


    A delightful board book for very young children with clear, beautifully coloured illustrations from one of Britain's most popular picturebook authors

    Dreaming Frankenstein

    In this poem human relationships, especially as seen from a woman's point of view, are central.

    Edinburgh: Landscapes in Stone

    One of 4 books to launch a brand-new series on Scotland's geology and landscapes which explain how Scotland's scenery was made, why it looks the way it does today and how it has changed over millions of years

    Edinburgh: Mapping the City

    An accessible, enjoyable, attractive and browsable history of Edinburgh as seen through maps, that will appeal to all those with an interest in Edinburgh and Scottish history.

    Eilean: The Island Photography of Margaret Fay Shaw

    A unique selection of photographs from the world-famous archive at Canna House, many of which are published for the first time in book form.

    Enlightenment Edinburgh: A Guide

    A unique guide to the built heritage of Edinburgh from the time of the Scottish Enlightenment

    Eriskay Where I Was Born

    A unique and very funny account of the real story behind Whisky Galore.

    Every Breath You Take: China's New Tyranny

    Ian Williams examines the extraordinary rise of the Chinese surveillance state, how information is controlled and how it affects the population. The book also considers the wider implications for all of us, and how we are all tracked, monitored and followed with every click, view and search we make.