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The Seven Wonders of Scotland
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Publication Date
04 October 2012
Birlinn Limited

The Seven Wonders of Scotland

Featuring: Andrew Crumey, Michael Gardiner, Gavin Inglis, Billy Letford, Maggie Mellon, Caroline Schmalensee and Kirsti Wishart
by Gerry Hassan - Find out more about the author

‘A timely reminder that the nation’s future will be shaped as much by imagination as legislation’ - Herald 

Writers were invited to contribute creative stories in which Scotland is re-imagined through seven world-class wonders with the aim of encouraging people to think about their country in new ways. The Wonders include the transformation of Glasgow into the most agriculturally productive garden in the world, a radical approach to sectarianism, a futuristic look at education, the first underwater town in Loch Lomond, a playful imagining of ‘The Burrae’ which unites all of Scotland’s subterranean wonders from the Secret Bunker to Glasgow’s Underground, the reversal of global warming through a Salt Tower in Cape Wrath, and a look at the pleasure principle through a massive Disneyland-style resort in Rannoch Moor.

Gerry Hassan is a writer, commentator and thinker about Scotland, the UK, politics and ideas. Hailed by the Sunday Herald as ‘Scotland’s main public intellectual’, Gerry has written and edited a dozen books in the last decade on Scotland and the wider world: from the setting up of the Parliament, to its record, policy, in-depth studies of the Labour Party and SNP, and looking at how we imagine the future. Gerry’s activities include facilitating events and discussions to bring people together in Scotland and across the world.