THE BIR­LINN COM­PAN­ION TO SCOT­TISH HIS­TORY Ian Don­nachie and Ge­orge He­witt Bir­linn, £9.99

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Not a stand­alone his­tory book, more of a short en­cy­clopae­dia for quick ref­er­ence or clar­i­fi­ca­tion. List­ing peo­ple, events and gen­eral top­ics as di­verse as in­dus­try, the En­light­en­ment or the his­tory of Char­tism, it fares less well when it comes to the arts and cul­ture. Nev­er­the­less, it’s the one to con­sult when you’re puz­zling over terms such as “Code of Canons” or “rough woo­ing”.

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