Talk of the Town | the place for bookish people to be (November 24th)

Welcome to Talk of the Town.  Good to see you back again this week – so pop the kettle on and share with us your lovely bookish news!

If you’ve not shared with the Talk of the Town linky before, I co-host with Shaz from Jera’s Jamboree  and you can check out all the details of the linky here. If you have any questions, please ask.

This will, however, be our final post for a while as we take a break. Thanks for all your support, shares and comments to date! x

 

We’re continuing to share Gin Galore by Sean Murphy – a Journey to the source of Scotland’s Gin!

The blurb

Scottish gin has never been more on trend. It’s currently undergoing a massive revival, fuelled in part by the boom in small craft distilleries which have reinvigorated and transformed the gin market. Gin can be relatively simply produced – which enables craft gin distilleries across Scotland to create a refreshing range of boutique products, many of which are making some seriously big waves both in this corner of the world and beyond. Did you know, for example, that a Scottish gin has recently been crowned the ‘World’s Strongest Gin’ – taking the title from a Swedish distillery?

World Gin Day and the Scottish Juniper Festival – plus the huge boom in spending on gin in the UK – mean there’s no better time to be a gin fan, to get to know Scottish gin and the intriguing stories behind it. This guide will make the perfect companion for gin lovers across Scotland and the UK, as well as gin-loving tourist visitors to Scotland…

 

 

FEATURES

  • 50 independent or bespoke Scottish gins
  • Cocktail recipes or perfect serve suggestions for each gin
  • Space for your own tasting notes and ratings, making your book a passport to the world of Scottish gins
  • An expert section on the distillation process
  • A rundown of the botanicals that give each gin its unique flavours
  • A lesson on garnishes, helping you to change things up when you serve

Print Length: 224 pages
Publisher: Black & White Publishing
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1785302152
ISBN-10: 1785302159

About the author

Driven by a passion for all things gin and whisky-related, Sean Murphy writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his gin and whisky knowledge built up over six years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drinks..

Connect via Website | Twitter

 

*Link your bookish posts here*

  We’re looking forward to another busy linkup this week and hearing all about your bookish news.

If you would like us to RT your post on Twitter, tag Shaz (@shazgoodwin) or myself (@bookboodle) and we’ll share your tweet. If you’re sharing this post and can add @bwpublishing that would be fab.

Giveaway! everyone who links up on either Shaz’s or my linky post each month will be entered for a monthly book giveaway.  The winner will be randomly selected and the book will be sent directly from Black & White Publishing.

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We’re delighted that Black & White Publishing are continuing to sponsor Talk of the Town – thank you.

About Black & White Publishing

Black & White Publishing was founded in 1999. Since then, they’ve grown into one of Scotland’s leading independent publishers with over 300 books in print across a variety of genres. Committed to publishing the best books from the most talented writers in the UK and beyond they produce an extensive range of titles, including general non-fiction, biography, sport and humour, as well as selected fiction, young adult and children’s books.

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Talk of the Town | the place for bookish people to be (November 10th)

Welcome to Talk of the Town.  Good to see you back again this week – so pop the kettle on and share with us your lovely bookish news!

If you’ve not shared with the Talk of the Town linky before, I co-host with Shaz from Jera’s Jamboree  and you can check out all the details of the linky here. If you have any questions, please ask.

 

 

 

We have a new book to share with you for November which is Gin Galore by Sean Murphy – a Journey to the source of Scotland’s gin (don’t mind if I do 😉 ).

The blurb

Scottish gin has never been more on trend. It’s currently undergoing a massive revival, fuelled in part by the boom in small craft distilleries which have reinvigorated and transformed the gin market. Gin can be relatively simply produced – which enables craft gin distilleries across Scotland to create a refreshing range of boutique products, many of which are making some seriously big waves both in this corner of the world and beyond. Did you know, for example, that a Scottish gin has recently been crowned the ‘World’s Strongest Gin’ – taking the title from a Swedish distillery?

World Gin Day and the Scottish Juniper Festival – plus the huge boom in spending on gin in the UK – mean there’s no better time to be a gin fan, to get to know Scottish gin and the intriguing stories behind it. This guide will make the perfect companion for gin lovers across Scotland and the UK, as well as gin-loving tourist visitors to Scotland…

 

 

FEATURES

  • 50 independent or bespoke Scottish gins
  • Cocktail recipes or perfect serve suggestions for each gin
  • Space for your own tasting notes and ratings, making your book a passport to the world of Scottish gins
  • An expert section on the distillation process
  • A rundown of the botanicals that give each gin its unique flavours
  • A lesson on garnishes, helping you to change things up when you serve

Print Length: 224 pages
Publisher: Black & White Publishing
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1785302152
ISBN-10: 1785302159

About the author

Driven by a passion for all things gin and whisky-related, Sean Murphy writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his gin and whisky knowledge built up over six years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drinks..

Connect via Website | Twitter

 

*Link your bookish posts here*

  We’re looking forward to another busy linkup this week and hearing all about your bookish news.

If you would like us to RT your post on Twitter, tag Shaz (@shazgoodwin) or myself (@bookboodle) and we’ll share your tweet. If you’re sharing this post and can add @bwpublishing that would be fab.

Giveaway! everyone who links up on either Shaz’s or my linky post each month will be entered for a monthly book giveaway.  The winner will be randomly selected and the book will be sent directly from Black & White Publishing.

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We’re delighted that Black & White Publishing are continuing to sponsor Talk of the Town – thank you.

About Black & White Publishing

Black & White Publishing was founded in 1999. Since then, they’ve grown into one of Scotland’s leading independent publishers with over 300 books in print across a variety of genres. Committed to publishing the best books from the most talented writers in the UK and beyond they produce an extensive range of titles, including general non-fiction, biography, sport and humour, as well as selected fiction, young adult and children’s books.

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Talk of the Town | the place for bookish people to be (October 27th)

Welcome to Talk of the Town.  Good to see you back again this week – so pop the kettle on and share with us your lovely bookish news!

If you’ve not shared with the Talk of the Town linky before, I co-host with Shaz from Jera’s Jamboree  and you can check out all the details of the linky here. If you have any questions, please ask.

 

 

 

We’re continuing to share with you Effie’s War by Philip Paris so do read on…hopefully you’ll enjoy this historical fiction.

Praise for Effie’s War

“An engaging tale that reveals the depths to which human beings are driven to by passion, loyalty and resentment. Effie’s War is an intriguing, twisting and turning journey and an outstanding page-turner that you won’t be able to put down.”

MILLIE GRAY, author of Silver Linings

The blurb

 

Based on true, but largely unknown, events of a Scottish Highlands ‘clearing’ during WW2.  In November 1943, around 900 people in the Tarbat peninsula were, without warning, given one month to leave their homes, crofts and farms.  This put a huge strain on the locals who had only one month to move, sell or relocate their livestock and desperately harvest what they could.  Italian Prisoners of War were brought in to help with the labour during these four weeks of enormous pressure.  June 6th 2018 marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings.

November 1943. In the Scottish Highlands, Effie Ross’s father has received a notice from the authorities to quit Kirk Farm. They have just one month to leave, to sell or move their livestock and harvest anything they can. And every other farm and household in the area has had the same instruction.

For Effie, it’s a chance to get to know Toni, an Italian POW sent to help out on the farm – and the attraction is undeniable.

 

Based on real events when an entire Highland neighbourhood was cleared to allow preparations for one of the greatest secrets of the Second World War, Philip Paris’s new novel evokes a time when Britain could have been invaded at any moment but stood strong in her darkest hour.

Print Length: 256 pages
Publisher: Black & White Publishing
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1785301957
ISBN-10: 1785301950

About the author

Author, playwright and journalist Philip Paris lives in the Highlands of Scotland and is best known for the historical fiction and non-fiction books he wrote about the Italian chapel, built during WW2 by Italian POWs in Orkney. His contemporary novel, Men Cry Alone, broke new ground in raising the profile of domestic abuse against men. His stage play, Casting Off, played to sell-out audiences in the autumn of 2015. The hilarious storyline is taken to new heights in his latest novel by the same name, published in 2016.  Effie’s War sees him return to WW2, again with a story that has a backdrop of real-life events.

Visit Philip’s website

 

*Link your bookish posts here*

  We’re looking forward to another busy linkup this week and hearing all about your bookish news.

If you would like us to RT your post on Twitter, tag Shaz (@shazgoodwin) or myself (@bookboodle) and we’ll share your tweet. If you’re sharing this post and can add @bwpublishing that would be fab.

Giveaway! everyone who links up on either Shaz’s or my linky post each month will be entered for a monthly book giveaway.  The winner will be randomly selected and the book will be sent directly from Black & White Publishing.

https://static.inlinkz.com/cs2.js

We’re delighted that Black & White Publishing are continuing to sponsor Talk of the Town – thank you.

About Black & White Publishing

Black & White Publishing was founded in 1999. Since then, they’ve grown into one of Scotland’s leading independent publishers with over 300 books in print across a variety of genres. Committed to publishing the best books from the most talented writers in the UK and beyond they produce an extensive range of titles, including general non-fiction, biography, sport and humour, as well as selected fiction, young adult and children’s books.

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Talk of the Town | the place for bookish people to be (October 13th)

Welcome to Talk of the Town.  Great to see you this week – so pop the kettle on and share with us your lovely bookish news!

If you’ve not shared with the Talk of the Town linky before, I co-host with Shaz from Jera’s Jamboree  and you can check out all the details of the linky here. If you have any questions, please ask.

 

 

 

We have a new book to share with you this month which is Effie’s War by Philip Paris so do read on for more info.

Praise for Effie’s War

“An engaging tale that reveals the depths to which human beings are driven to by passion, loyalty and resentment. Effie’s War is an intriguing, twisting and turning journey and an outstanding page-turner that you won’t be able to put down.”

MILLIE GRAY, author of Silver Linings

The blurb

 

Based on true, but largely unknown, events of a Scottish Highlands ‘clearing’ during WW2.  In November 1943, around 900 people in the Tarbat peninsula were, without warning, given one month to leave their homes, crofts and farms.  This put a huge strain on the locals who had only one month to move, sell or relocate their livestock and desperately harvest what they could.  Italian Prisoners of War were brought in to help with the labour during these four weeks of enormous pressure.  June 6th 2018 marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings.

November 1943. In the Scottish Highlands, Effie Ross’s father has received a notice from the authorities to quit Kirk Farm. They have just one month to leave, to sell or move their livestock and harvest anything they can. And every other farm and household in the area has had the same instruction.

For Effie, it’s a chance to get to know Toni, an Italian POW sent to help out on the farm – and the attraction is undeniable.

 

Based on real events when an entire Highland neighbourhood was cleared to allow preparations for one of the greatest secrets of the Second World War, Philip Paris’s new novel evokes a time when Britain could have been invaded at any moment but stood strong in her darkest hour.

Print Length: 256 pages
Publisher: Black & White Publishing
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1785301957
ISBN-10: 1785301950

About the author

Author, playwright and journalist Philip Paris lives in the Highlands of Scotland and is best known for the historical fiction and non-fiction books he wrote about the Italian chapel, built during WW2 by Italian POWs in Orkney. His contemporary novel, Men Cry Alone, broke new ground in raising the profile of domestic abuse against men. His stage play, Casting Off, played to sell-out audiences in the autumn of 2015. The hilarious storyline is taken to new heights in his latest novel by the same name, published in 2016.  Effie’s War sees him return to WW2, again with a story that has a backdrop of real-life events.

Visit Philip’s website

 

*Link your bookish posts here*

  We’re looking forward to another busy linkup this week and hearing all about your bookish news.

If you would like us to RT your post on Twitter, tag Shaz (@shazgoodwin) or myself (@bookboodle) and we’ll share your tweet. If you’re sharing this post and can add @bwpublishing that would be fab.

Giveaway! everyone who links up on either Shaz’s or my linky post each month will be entered for a monthly book giveaway.  The winner will be randomly selected and the book will be sent directly from Black & White Publishing.  Congrats to Susan who won September’s showcase giveaway.

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We’re delighted that Black & White Publishing are continuing to sponsor Talk of the Town – thank you.

About Black & White Publishing

Black & White Publishing was founded in 1999. Since then, they’ve grown into one of Scotland’s leading independent publishers with over 300 books in print across a variety of genres. Committed to publishing the best books from the most talented writers in the UK and beyond they produce an extensive range of titles, including general non-fiction, biography, sport and humour, as well as selected fiction, young adult and children’s books.

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Talk of the Town | the place for bookish people to be (September 29th)

Welcome to Talk of the Town.  Great to see you this week – so pop the kettle on and share with us your lovely bookish news!

If you’ve not shared with the Talk of the Town linky before, I co-host with Shaz from Jera’s Jamboree  and you can check out all the details of the linky here. If you have any questions, please ask.

 

 

 

This is our last week of showcasing The Art of Coorie: How to Live Happy the Scottish Way by Gabriella Bennett so do make the most of this week’s post if Coorie is your thing!

Praise for The Art of Coorie

“There is nothing better than coorie-ing down to a good book, cosy in cashmere with a stiff, salty gin in hand (Harris, of course!). Gabriella Bennett plugs you straight into the most stylish of Scottish lifestyle trends. Everyone in Alba knows how to do a cracking coorie, and for the rest of the world this guide will have you native in no time.”

Lynne Coleman, author of The Fashion Annual

“Gabriella Bennett’s book on the cult of ‘coorie’ – a hug of a word – is a celebration of all that’s best and beautiful about Scotland, from food to textiles, pubs to gardens. It made this Scottish émigré miss my homeland, its wildness and drama and warmth, with a physical pang. But I will never embrace the midge.”

Marina O’Loughlin, journalist, author and restaurant critic

The blurb

Coorie – or còsagach in Gaelic – is the scottish version of hygge.

In The Art Of Coorie, Times journalist Gabriella Bennett explores what coorie is and how it has helped nurture the astonishing creativity that Scotland is famed for.

Now used to describe how we want to feel and be, coorie covers all aspects of the way Scots live. In The Art of Coorie, Gabriella offers spirited, contemporary insight into Scottish lifestyle, homes and interiors, traditions and food, and how to enjoy life despite challenging elements and an often unforgiving climate.

The Art Of Coorie examines the art of slowing down, appreciating our present and how to use the best of what’s around us to enhance life and its pleasures.

 

With sections on:

– the thrills and chills of open-water swimming in loch, river and sea.
– fantastic hideouts, bothys, retreats and remote campsites, the cooriest pubs, the best places to eat, how to Munro ‘bag’ in style, and where to go stargazing.
– the exquisite heritage of Scottish craftsmanship from Fair Isle knitting to bothy building.
– festive crafts, decorations and gift wrapping.
– thrifty ways to incorporate ‘coorie’ into your life: fern and flower pressing, making your own face masks, creating a garden grotto, extracting pine needle essence and much more.

Print Length: 288 pages
Publisher: Black & White Publishing
Language: English
ISBN-13: 9781785301810
ISBN-10: 1785301810

About the author

Gabriella Bennett is a journalist and editor based in Glasgow. She writes for The Times about Scottish interiors, property and shopping habits. Her short stories have been featured in Gutter, The Cadaverine and The Island Review. She likes wild places, growing things, and eating.

Gabriella is available for interviews and feature writing.

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*Link your bookish posts here*

  We’re looking forward to another busy linkup this week and hearing all about your bookish news.

If you would like us to RT your post on Twitter, tag Shaz (@shazgoodwin) or myself (@bookboodle) and we’ll share your tweet. If you’re sharing this post and can add @bwpublishing that would be fab.

Giveaway! everyone who links up on either Shaz’s or my linky post each month will be entered for a monthly book giveaway.  The winner will be randomly selected and the book will be sent directly from Black & White Publishing.

I’m persevering with my beginner’s crochet class this morning so I’ll catch up with your bookish posts later! 🙂

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We’re delighted that Black & White Publishing are continuing to sponsor Talk of the Town – thank you.

About Black & White Publishing

Black & White Publishing was founded in 1999. Since then, they’ve grown into one of Scotland’s leading independent publishers with over 300 books in print across a variety of genres. Committed to publishing the best books from the most talented writers in the UK and beyond they produce an extensive range of titles, including general non-fiction, biography, sport and humour, as well as selected fiction, young adult and children’s books.

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