Looking for the perfect gift for the book-lover in your life this Christmas? The following Sandstone Press titles come highly recommended...
Miss Emily, Nuala O'Connor
'What would I like to receive? Miss Emily by Nuala O'Connor - a re-imagining of the private life of Emily Dickinson,through her own voice and through the eyes of her Irish maid.'
Josephine Tey: A Life, Jennifer Morag Henderson
'The life of one of the great golden age crime writers is granted a forensic examination in Josephine Tey(Sandstone, £19.99) by Jennifer Morag Henderson, who has an unusual take on Tey's much-disputed sexuality.'
'Beth Mackintosh, born 1896, was a young Scottish woman who might have understood, and even investigated, the emotion in Hughes’s life. Having lost her sweetheart in the early days of the first world war, she turned to literature. First as Josephine Tey, and then as the playwright Gordon Daviot, she established one of the strangest and most unexplored literary careers of the 20th century. Josephine Tey by Jennifer Morag Henderson is doubly important. It strips away a lot of the myth surrounding Mackintosh; and it also tells the moving story of a major leading Scots writer for whom the detective novel became “a medium as disciplined as any sonnet”.'
The Caveman, Jorn Lier Horst
For lovers of top quality Scandinavian police procedurals. The fourth in the Norwegian ‘William Wisting’ series begins with the discovery of a four-month-old corpse in an armchair just down the road from the policeman’s own home. While Wisting investigates, his journalist daughter Line uses the case to ask some serious questions about society. Neither, however, are remotely prepared for where the case will eventually lead them. Elegantly written and completely gripping, this is Scandi crime at its best (and in my view it doesn’t matter where readers dive into the series).
Ronnie Browne, That Guy Fae the Corries
'Ronnie Browne’s down-to-earth autobiography That Guy Fae The Corries would be ideal present for someone who haunts the folk pubs of Edinburgh or enjoys belting out Flower Of Scotland at national event.'