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Scottish Tales of Adventure

Children's, Children's, History, History
Publication Date
06 March 2014
Paperback (also available as an eBook)
Available for Sale
Birlinn Limited
Age Range
9 - 12

Scottish Tales of Adventure

World War I
by Allan Burnett - Find out more about the author


eBook also available from the iBookstore

'A literary highlight of 2014 for ages 11-13' – Daily Record

'Allan Burnett may have simplified complex situations but he does not patronise his readers or trivialise events ... he brings alive the stubborn determination of Elsie Inglis and the Scottish Women’s Hospitals, the emerging Royal Flying Corps and the much-debated Battle of Jutland as well as examples of fighting on the Western Front. These engaging stories of individuals are an excellent way in to understanding the First World War.'  – Scotsman

Acclaimed children’s author Allan Burnett turns his attention to the First World War in a book of explosively exciting and emotionally charged tales of bravery and adventure. Featuring the true exploits of soldiers, spies, pilots, sailors and many others, these stories, all based on interviews with these heroes themselves or their descendants, offer a unique, personal insight into the First World War that no conventional history book can ever hope to match.

Allan Burnett, one of Scotland's best-selling authors for young readers, was born and brought up in the Western Isles. At the age of twelve he spent several weeks touring the continent, travelling from South Uist to Sarajevo and back via seventeen different countries, during a time of great upheaval in Eastern Europe. This triggered a lifelong interest in history and culture, and a long answer whenever anyone asked him about his childhood holidays.

When Allan left school he studied at the University of Edinburgh. Working at night telling ghost stories in hidden underground vaults, he was awarded a distinction for his postgraduate degree in literature and history. He later worked as a journalist in foreign news and features for The Herald Group newspapers.

Allan has written more than a dozen books for children and adults. Described by the Scotsman literary editor as 'bold but thoughtful .. studded with (usually macabre) jokes' and by the Sunday Express as 'history more exciting than fiction', Allan's work has been commended by the Royal Mail Children's Book Awards. He currently lives in Scotland and Sweden with his family.