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Casting Off

by P.I. Paris

When the residents of a Highland care home discover that the new owners are about to substantially increase the fees, they know dramatic action is needed. But what can a group of senior citizens possibly do against a big organization?

First, the residents barricade themselves into the lounge, but their act of rebellion fails. So worldly-wise Joan suggests a most unusual way to cover cost increase -- a very naughty chat line for men who want to talk to older women "in a particular way!" As their lives take a series of unexpected turns, things get increasingly out of control. Casting Off is a hilarious, poignant tale of friendship, loyalty and sacrifice in the far north of Scotland...and how itís never too late to try something new.

Raw Spirit: In Search of the Perfect Dram

by Iain Banks

As a native of Scotland, bestselling author Iain Banks has decided to undertake a tour of the distilleries of his homeland in a bid to uncover the unique spirit of the single malt. Visiting some of the world's most famous distilleries and also some of its smallest and most obscure ones, Banks embarks on a journey of discovery that educates him about the places, people and products surrounding the centuries-old tradition of whisky production. Using various modes of transport -- ferries to the islands, cars across the Highlands, even bicycles between bus stops -- Banks's tour of Scotland combines history, literature and landscape in an entertaining and informative account of an exploration in which the arrival is by no means the most important part of the journey.

The Outrun

by Amy Liptrot

After a decade of heavy partying and hard drinking in London, Amy Liptrot returns home to Orkney, a remote island off the north of Scotland. The Outrun maps Amy's inspiring recovery as she walks along windy coasts, swims in icy Atlantic waters, tracks Orkney's wildlife and reconnects with her parents, revisiting and rediscovering the place that shaped her.

An Eagle in a Hen-House

by Lachlan Munro

Compiled and edited by Lachlan Munro, this book comprises selected political speeches and writings of R. B. Cunninghame Graham -- aristocrat, cowboy, Member of Parliament, Marxist, Scottish and Irish nationalist, anti-imperialist, social commentator, women's rights campaigner, writer and wit. A friend of William Morris, Oscar Wilde, G. B. Shaw, G. K. Chesterton, Joseph Conrad, he was cofounder the first Labour Party with Keir Hardie and was the first President of the Scottish National Party.

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