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  • John Aberdein
    John Aberdein

    John Aberdein born in Aberdeen, has worked as fisherman, teacher and political campaigner in North-East Scotland, London, Fife, Hampshire, the West Coast and Orkney. John Aberdein's early stories were edited by Duncan McLean in Ahead of Its Time (Jonathan Cape, 1987) John Aberdein's story

  • Leila Aboulela
    Leila Aboulela

    Born: 1964 in Khartoum, Sudan First Book: The Translator (Polygon, 1999) Awards: Long-listed for the Orange Prize and IMPAC Prize for The Translator ; won the Caine Prize for African Writing for The Museum ; short-listed for the Orange Prize for Minaret . Leila Aboulela was born

  • James Adair
    James Adair

    James Adair read Modern History at the University of St Andrews. He worked for two years as the editor of the Alderney Journal, perhaps the world’s smallest paid-for newspaper, wrote a column in the Guernsey Press and wrote freelance articles for The Times’ Books and News

  • Aeneas MacDonald & Ian Buxton
    Aeneas MacDonald & Ian Buxton

    Aeneas MacDonald was the pseudonym under which noted author and journalist George Malcolm Thomson OBE wrote his one legendary book on the subject of whisky. He was also one of the founders of Porpoise Press. He died in 1996. Ian Buxton has been working in and around the whisky industry

  • Peter Aitchison
    Peter Aitchison

    Peter Aitchison A native of Eyemouth, Peter was a senior news editor with the BBC for twenty years and now works for the University of Glasgow.

  • Peter Aitchison and Andrew Cassell
    Peter Aitchison and Andrew Cassell

    Peter Aitchison worked as a news journalist with the BBC for twenty years. He is currently Media Relations Officer at Glasgow University. He has written a number of books, including Black Friday : The Eyemouth Fishing Disaster of 1881 and The Noblest Work of God . Before setting up CD Media,

  • Alan Taylor
    Alan Taylor

    Alan Taylor has been a journalist for over 30 years. He was deputy and managing editor at the Scotsman , and for the last 15 years has been Writer-at-Large for the Sunday Herald . He has contributed to numerous publications, including The TLS , The New Yorker and The Melbourne Age , and

  • Carlos Alba
    Carlos Alba

    Following a 20 year career in journalism Carlos Alba now runs a public relations consultancy, providing communications advice and training to companies and organisations. He spent 10 years at the Sunday Times, including four as Scotland Editor, and has been political editor at the Daily Record and

  • Alexander Fleming and Roger Mason
  • Derek Alexander
    Derek Alexander

    Derek Alexander was brought up in Neilston, East Renfrewshire. He qualified from University of Edinburgh with an MA Honours degree in Archaeology and then an MPhil study on the 'Later prehistoric and proto-historic settlement of west central Scotland' . He went on to work for the Centre for Field

  • Charlie Allan
    Charlie Allan

    Charlie Allan was born in Stirling and was brought up on the farms of Aberdeenshire before going to Aberdeen University, where he graduated with a first in economics. He taught economics in Glasgow, Strathclyde and St Andrews Universities until 1974 when he gave up academic life to return to his

  • John R. Allan
    John R. Allan

    John R. Allan was born in Udny, Aberdeenshire in 1906 and educated at the University of Aberdeen. He worked as a journalist in Glasgow but later returned to his native Aberdeenshire to farm at Methlick. He was the author of several books, most of them on agricultural subjects.

  • David Alston
    David Alston

    David Alston was born and brought up in the Highlands and has lived in Cromarty for the past twenty years. He has studied at the universities of Aberdeen, Oxford, Leicester and Dundee, and has worked as a youth leader, school teacher, adult education organiser and museum curator. He is now an

  • Amby Burfoot
    Amby Burfoot

    Amby Burfoot was the editor-in-chief of Runner’s World for over 20 years and a former winner of the Boston Marathon. He is the author of the Complete Guide to Running. He lives in the USA.

  • Marjorie  O. Anderson
    Marjorie O. Anderson

    Marjorie Ogilvie Anderson (1909-2002) was raised in St Andrews, and educated there at St Leonard's School, and later at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University. After her marriage to the historian Alan Anderson, she acted as his palaeographer and assistant due to his failing eyesight. After his

  • Peter Anderson
    Peter Anderson

    Peter Anderson spent his early childhood in Orkney. He graduated in Medieval History from the University of St Andrews and gained a PhD in Scottish Historical Studies from the University of Edinburgh. Formerly deputy keeper at the National Archives of Scotland, he is now retired and lives in

  • Robert G. W. Anderson
    Robert G. W. Anderson

    Robert G. W. Anderson FRSE FSA graduated from St John’s College, University of Oxford, and has held posts at the Royal Scottish Museum, the Science Museum, London, and the National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh. He later became Director of the British Museum, London. He has held

  • Scoular Anderson
    Scoular Anderson

    Born: 1946 in Sunderland First Book: My First Joke Book (Corgi, 1986) Awards: Short-listed for the 2005 Scottish Arts Council Children’s Book of the Year for Space Pirates and the Treasure of Salmagundy (Frances Lincoln 2004) Scoular Anderson was born in Sunderland and

  • Andrew J. McCulloch
    Andrew J. McCulloch

    A native of south-west Scotland, and member of a long-established local family, Andrew McCulloch graduated in law at Edinburgh University. His lifelong interest in history, combined with legal practice, farming, managing his own business, and his residence in Dumfriesshire, has qualified him

  • Patricia R. Andrew
    Patricia R. Andrew

    Dr Patricia R. Andrew  FSA, FSAScot, AMA, FRSA, whose career has been mainly in museums and galleries in Scotland and England, is now a freelance consultant, researcher and lecturer. She has written many exhibition catalogues and has published widely on varied art-historical topics from

  • Andy Bollen
    Andy Bollen

    Andy Bollen is a cultural commentator, drummer, gag writer and now football historian. The author of the criticallyacclaimed Nirvana: A Tour Diary , the political spoof, Sandy Trout: The Memoir , and Labelled With Love . He has written for Chewin’ The Fat , Pulp Video , Naked Radio

  • Angus MacDonald
    Angus MacDonald

    Angus MacDonald has lived all his life in the highlands and is steeped in their tales. He served in his local regiment, the Queen’s Own Highlanders. A serial entrepreneur he was awarded the Spear’s UK entrepreneur of the year award for 2017, building businesses in publishing,

  • Angus McAllister
    Angus McAllister

    Angus McAllister worked as a solicitor and university professor, and is now retired. For many years he wrote academic books and articles, as well as fiction. He is the author of the bestselling Close Quarters , and he lives in Glasgow.

  • Angus Roxburgh
    Angus Roxburgh

    Angus Roxburgh studied Russian and German at Aberdeen University. A distinguished journalist and broadcaster, he was Sunday Times Moscow correspondent (1987-89), BBC Moscow correspondent (1991-97) and BBC Europe correspondent (1998-2005). From 2006- 2009 he was media consultant to the Kremlin,

  • Anne Cholawo
    Anne Cholawo

    Anne Cholawo was born and brought up in Luton. She studied Art and Design at college and later became a graphic artist and studio manager at a number of advertising agencies in London, including Saatchi and Saatchi. She moved to Soay to live in 1990. While on the island she met the man who is

  • Anonymous

    Everyone wanted to know who the artist was and why she had made the sculptures. Still wishing to keep her anonymity, she agreed to cooperate in the making of this book, revealing her inspiration as her love of literature, especially the work of Ian Rankin and his portrayal of Edinburgh, and her

  • John Ashton
    John Ashton

    John Ashton is a writer, researcher and TV producer. He has studied the Lockerbie case for 18 years and from 2006 to 2009 was a researcher with Megrahi’s legal team. His other books include What Everyone in Britain Should Know about Crime and Punishment (with David Wilson) and What