Reviews and Blog Posts: Scotland

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Planning an Outlander party to swoon with other fans? ​

Guid gear comes in sma' bulk!

Good things come in small packages and your wee library card connects you to the World. Checkout the following resources to create a party worthy of the Scottish Highlands, even if you haven't read all eight books in the series!

Highland avenger

by Hannah Howell

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After the sudden end to an unhappy marriage, Arianna Murray is returning to her highlands home a widow scorned. However, her French brother-in-law is not satisfied and is determined to murder Arianna and the two children in her care in order to secure his inheritance. Brian McFingal isn’t about to...

The panopticon : a novel

by Jenni Fagan

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The Panopticon​ is an untraditional thriller about Anais Hendricks, a 15 year old juvenile delinquent. The novel takes place in what appears to be Scotland, given the heavy and realistically curse-word ridden accent that lends heavily to the atmosphere and mood of the book.

The duchess

by Jude Deveraux

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Claire Willoughby is an America heiress, who is must marry well in order to recive her inheritance. She meets and is quickly engaged to Harry the  eleventh Duke of MacArran. Harry brings Claire and her lazy and ignorant parents to Bramley house to live until the wedding. Claire is in...

England, Great Britain, United Kingdom: What's the Difference?

Map of the UK: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland.

Sometimes you find answers in unexpected places. I found the most succinct description I've ever seen of how England, Great Britain and the United Kingdom relate to each other in a library newsletter about travel guidebooks:

London is the capital of England.

England is a country.

Britain is an area that consists of England and the country of Wales.

  • Great Britain is the name of the island that is home to the countries of England, Wales, and Scotland.
  • The United Kingdom (UK) is a country that is a union of the countries on the island of Great Britain, along with the country of Northern Ireland (which shares the island of Ireland with the Republic of Ireland.)
  • [The Republic of Ireland is] a separate country that is not part of the UK.
  • London is also the capital of the UK.

Scotland Rocks!

When most people think of Scottish music, an image of a man in a plaid skirt comes to mind. But there's a lot more than bagpipes and fiddles going on north of Hadrian's Wall.

I'm the sort of person who really likes music, but who doesn't really care a lot about bands. My friends (who are in a very good band called My God Micah) must get exasperated with me because I never know who sings any song and am totally clueless about which bands play what shows where.

Slip of the knife : a novel

by Denise Mina

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Like the rest of the titles in her series, I really enjoyed this most recent mystery by the Scottish writer, Denise Mina. Her protagonist, Paddy Meehan, is a Scottish journalist/writer and in this book she unravels the mystery behind the murder of a friend and fellow journalist, Terry. Meehan is...

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