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Greyfriars Graveyard

Charlotte Golledge

Published by Amberley Books

96 pages fully illustrated

Publication Date 15th October

Greyfriars Graveyard by Charlotte Golledge takes the reader on a tour through the world-famous Edinburgh burial ground from its earliest beginnings to the present day.  This well-researched and extensively illustrated book looks at the symbolism on many of the historic gravestones, and tells the story of some of the people buried there.

Greyfriars has many spectacular seventeenth century monuments and the author looks in detail at the monuments themselves and the inscriptions and symbols on them.  Along the way, she dispels incorrect myths such as the one that a skull and crossbones denoted the grave of a pirate or plague victim; it is simply a Memento Mori – a reminder that death comes to us all.

No story of Greyfriars could be complete with mentioning Greyfriars Bobby, the loyal little dog who allegedly stayed by the grave of his late master for fourteen years, until his own death.  The statue of Greyfriars Bobby just outside the graveyard is a very popular tourist attraction, and I’m glad to see a timely reminder in the book NOT to rub Bobby’s nose!

As someone with a great love of Edinburgh’s historic graveyards, I found this book interesting and very well-written, and it’s a worthy addition to the bookshelves of anyone interested in Edinburgh history.

Greyfriars Graveyard is published by Amberley Publishing on 15 October 2018.

 

Review by Lisa Sibbald

 

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A-Z of Leith

Lisa Sibbald

Published by Amberley Books

96 pages fully illustrated

Publication date 15th November 2018

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Remembering the Fifties

“Remembering the Fifties” is the newly published book from Citadel Arts Group, a Leith-based group who preserve living memories from older people, and is part of their “Leith and Edinburgh in the 1950s” project.

For this book, Liz Hare and Laure Paterson worked closely with ten tenants from Gordon Street Sheltered Housing, along with contributions from others who remembered life in Scotland in the 1950s.

The book gives many lively and entertaining insights into life in Leith during this period, with stories of childhood, going out, working lives, and much more.  For many, this was a time of hardship, yet there are a multitude of fond memories and recollections from the contributors, particularly of the great sense of community they felt.

It’s great to see these memories being collected and put down in writing, as they tell stories of a time not so very long ago, but which is very different from the experiences of people growing up today.

It was also lovely to see at the launch of the book that local schoolchildren had taken a great interest in some of these stories, and produced drawings and acted out their interpretations of some of the events they had read about.

Copies of Remembering the Fifties are available from Citadel Arts Group – contact

lizhare@blueyonder.co.uk

 

Review by Lisa Sibbald

Leith History Tour

by Jack Gillon & Fraser Parkinson

Leith History Tour by Jack Gillon and Fraser Parkinson is a handy pocket-sized guide to Edinburgh’s historic port of Leith.

Following a circular route, the tour takes in forty-six places from Leith’s past and present, giving a brief insight into their history.  Fully illustrated throughout with historic and contemporary photographs, this is an ideal introduction to Leith which will hopefully leave the reader wanting to find out more and explore more of this interesting area.

Leith History Tour (softback)  is published by Amberley Publishing at £6.99

 

Review by Lisa Sibbald

Edinburgh at Work

by Malcolm Fife

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MISS BLAINE'S PREFECT AND THE GOLDEN SAMOVAR

by Olga Wojtas

The paperback edition is published by Contraband and priced £8.99.  The book cover design is by Ken Leeder.

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A-Z of Edinburgh

Lisa Sibbald

Published by Amberley Books

96 pages fully illustrated

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A-Z Leith by Lisa Sibbald available later in 2018

Edinburgh in 50 Buildings

by Jack Gillon

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Edinburgh's Leith Docks 1970-1980 The Transition Years

by Malcolm Fife

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Faces of Edinburgh

by Manel Quiros

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The Royal Mile A Comprehensive Guide

by Jan Andrew Henderson

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Edinburgh South Side Through Time

by Jack Gillon and Fraser Parkinson

published by Amberley Publishing

released on 15th May.

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Edinburgh’s Festival and King’s Theatres Through Time

by Jack Gillon

published by Amberley Publishing.

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