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Dispatches from Unreported Scotland

Peter Ross

Daunderlust by Peter Ross

Peter Ross’s brilliant articles have been enjoyed by readers of Scotland On Sunday for years, and now the best are collected here, for the first time. Each a gem of insight and wit, they provide a piece-by-piece portrait of a changing nation.

Daunderlust is an exotic mix, Scotland as she really is – not without problems and pain, but made great by the people who live, love, laugh and graft here. From anatomists who find dissection beautiful to chip-shop owners who sing arias while serving fish suppers, the Scots in these pages are eccentric, humorous, moving and extraordinary

RRP: £8.99
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781908737762
Publication Date: 17/04/2014
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Peter Ross
Peter Ross is a eight time winner at the Scottish Press Awards and was a shortlisted nominee for the Orwell Prize in 2015. He has written for titles including The...


‘His stories are always a joy.’

Ian Rankin

‘ The impression left by Daunderlust is of a nation teeming with vibrancy, character and individuality. And a man with endless curiosity and a great eye for a story.’

Alastair Mabbott, The Herald

‘Daunderlust has given us a beautiful time capsule of the Scotland of the last few years. In future when people want to understand what we were really like at this historic point, they won't have to read a diet of political books about what happens to the Barnett formula and the national debt. They should read this.’

Gerry Hassan, Scottish Review

‘Daunderlust is full of heart, delving into the farthest reaches of society and eking out what it means to be human in the process.’

Doug Johnstone, Big Issue

‘Ross’s journalism is big-hearted but not big-headed...the best pieces have a range beyond anything in current Scottish journalism, from a piece about accompanying extreme cleaners into a flat where someone has died and where the sink is mysteriously full of blood to a lovely piece about Arthur's Seat from dawn to dusk on a hot day, when it became the perfect expression of that rare phenomenon - Scottish happiness.’

David Robinson, The Scotsman

‘There are many great Scottish writers, but few better writers of Scotland.’

Etihad Airways in-flight magazine

‘Read it and weep tears of sadness, joy and laughter.’

Scottish Field

‘Peter Ross has a fabulous knack of getting people to tell their tales ... If Jon Ronson lived and worked in Scotland, this is the sort of book he would write, and Ross shares Ronson's incisive eye, lightness of touch and a turn of phrase to die for.’

Scots Whay Hae!

‘A book of extraordinary depth and consistent quality ... a gently inspiring testament to the truth.’

Hugh MacDonald, Scottish Review of Books

‘This is a book for the Scottish diaspora, as a refresher course, and a delirious wallow in nostalgia for the bits you do recognise.’

Vulpes Libris

‘Read Daunderlust by @PeterAlanRoss if you are at all interested in Scotland - the people and the place. Journalism at its best.’

Val McDermid on twitter

‘A delightful romp around the hinterlands of Scotland's society, at once deeply insightful and empathetic...’

Doug Johnstone, The Big Issue

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Peter Ross shortlisted for the Orwell Prize

We are delighted to announce that Peter Ross, author of Daunderlust: Dispatches from unreported Scotland, has been shortlisted for The Orwell Prize in journalism. The Orwell Prize is Britain's most...