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A Dictionary of Scottish Phrase and Fable (Hardback)
  • A Dictionary of Scottish Phrase and Fable (Hardback)

A Dictionary of Scottish Phrase and Fable (Hardback)

Hardback 512 Pages / Published: 05/11/2012
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This authoritative, entertaining and eminently browsable reference book, arranged in easily accessible A-Z format, is an absorbing and imaginative feast of Scottish lore, language, history and culture, from the mythical origins of the Scots in Scythia to the contemporary Scotland of the Holyrood parliament and Trainspotting. Here Tartan Tories rub shoulders with Torry girls, the Misery from the Manse exchanges a nod with Stalin's Granny, Thomas the Rhymer and the Wizard of Reay walk hand in hand with Bible John, and the reader is taken for a rollercoaster ride round Caledonia, from Furry Boots City to the Costa Clyde, via the Cold Shoulder of Scotland, the West Lothian Alps and the Reykjavik of the South. The result is a breathtaking and quirky celebration of Scotland, packed with fact and anecdote.

Publisher: Birlinn General
ISBN: 9781841589770
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 1107 g
Dimensions: 246 x 168 x 46 mm


'It is nigh impossible to reach the item you first set out to read without being sidetracked by other beguiling morsels'

* Herald *

'This is the best compendium of Scottish life, lore, language and literature'

* The Times *

'This is such a linguistic and etymological treasure trove that once picked up it is virtually impossible to put down'

* Scottish Field *

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