The latest book by Jack Gillon looks at Edinburgh’s history through a selection of its greatest buildings, both ancient and modern. Selecting only 50 buildings from the city’s vast architectural heritage must have been, as Jack says in his introduction to the book, ‘immensely difficult’, but the selection here is an interesting and varied one, ranging from the obvious buildings that you just couldn’t miss out, such as Edinburgh Castle, to the more unexpected.
The history and architecture of the buildings is described in an accessible way, for the general reader, rather than being a detailed architectural book, and it’s well illustrated, using both modern photographs and historical images.
There are buildings here that I wouldn’t have thought of including in such a book, but when you put them all together, it gives an interesting and wide-ranging look at Edinburgh’s architectural heritage and how it has changed through the centuries.
Faces of Edinburgh is published by Amberley Publishing £14.99
Review by Lisa Sibbald