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    A Selection of Scottish Authors & Books for Christmas 2021

    How am I to sing your praise, Happy chimney-corner days, Sitting safe in nursery nooks, Reading picture story-books?

    (Robert Louis Stevenson – From A Child’s Garden of Verses)

    I could not have found more charming lines to introduce my new selection of books for Christmas than the above verses written by Robert […]

    Notes about “The Antiquary” by Sir Walter Scott…

    Dear readers,

    Autumn is back with its gorgeous colours and shorter days. A good time for fireside reading and for me to go on with my promise to Sir Walter Scott to read all his books. A promise that seems to be well on its way though I still feel like the climber at the […]

    Forgotten treasures and new gems in my Scottish Library!

    “The only pleasure in redecorating or moving house

    comes from stumbling across books that I’d almost forgotten I owned.”

    John Burnside

    As we are going to move soon from our house in the South of Bordeaux to a new home situated in a lovely corner of […]

    Great Scottish Books to Help Pass the Time in Lockdown…

    Dear readers,

    Ages seem to have passed since my last post on Scotiana and our wonderful trip to Scotland in winter. In the meantime, there has been the outbreak of that infamous covid 19 pandemy and I sincerely hope that you, your friends and family are doing well in such hard times.

    Country […]

    22 May 1859 : Birth of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in Edinburgh

    22 May 2019

    Today is the 160th birth anniversary of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle but not everybody knows that the father of Sherlock Holmes was born in Edinburgh. A beautiful bronze statue of the detective stands in Picardy Place at the top of Edinburgh’s Leith Walk just opposite the birthplace (demolished c. 1970) of Sir […]