Sandstone Press

Christmas Recommendations

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


Nina Stibbe's Christmas Picks:

'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.'

Amazon Canada Editors' Best Books of 2015


Josephine Tey: A Life, Jennifer Morag Henderson


Christmas 2015: The Best Crime Books, The Independent:

'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.'

The Best Biographies of 2015: The Observer:

'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


Mrs Peabody's 2015 recommendations:

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


Books for Christmas, The Herald:

'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.'