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In January these two women came to see me with an idea for a book about wild swimming. Today, less than 19 months later, it was published, and launched at The Portobello Bookshop. Congratulations Anna Deacon and Vicky Allen on this joyous book, a loud hurrah to Black & White Publishing for acting so swiftly and creating this handsome book. Working with Anna and Vicky has inspired me to plunge into the Atlantic in March, into a Cairngorm Loch in May, a slate quarry in July and to swim off Garlieston in September. Taking The a Plunge, as featured on front of The Times, in today’s Scotsman, and on television, is out now. #wildswimmingstories #portobellobookshop

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Wendy Reid 🏊‍♀️

A poem for Halloween- Lucky Bag by Kathleen Jamie, from her 1999 collection Jizzen, and also in Selected Poems (2018). #scottishpoetry #kathleenjamie #picador
These three remarkable books have been shortlisted for The Saltire Literary Awards! Clare Hunter’s Threads of Life for First Book of the Year; Polly Clark’s Tiger for Novel of the Year and Melanie Reid’s The World I Fell Out Of for Non Fiction Book of the Year. Loud hurrahs here! Awards announced 30 November.
“Throughout it all, the reader encounters passages of breathtaking beauty” - The Washington Post “Surfacing is rich in connections and observations that grant the reader new ways of seeing” - The Guardian — Some snippets of the glowing reviews which Kathleen Jamie’s ‘Surfacing’ is receiving from across the globe. The perfect fireside read as the nights start drawing in. #kathleenjamie #surfacing #sortofbooks

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Currently reading this myself. Very enjoyable and makes you think long after one her essays has finished.

Tiger by #pollyclark - this sweeping story of survival and redeeming love is the perfect novel to read by the fire in Scotland - or by the pool in Mexico on honeymoon. Thanks Davy & Yvie for sending! #quercusbooks
Such impressive statistics about Norwegian reading habits, especially Norwegians reading to their children - and number of bookshops for a population similar to Scotland. Norway Country of Honour #frankfurtbookfair #norway

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Alasdair Allan

Women of the Drams! Swell party to mark 45 years of Publishing Scotland and a welcome to Scottish Books International At #frankfurtbookfair Drams courtesy of #isleofarranwhisky. Our backdrop courtesy of #WomenoftheDunes by #sarahmaine #hodderandstoughton

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& photo courtesy of???! x

Loving the blue!

You have the best job! *jealous*


View from 27th floor of Parktower in Frankfurt captured at a Book Fair Reception hosted by the British Ambassador, the Hon Consul and British Council Germany. Wonderful collection of guests from Germany, Wales, Scotland, England & India. Robert Harris guest of honour. Crazy reflection down to inexperienced operative (me). #frankfurtbookfair #britishcouncil #publishingscotland

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That's a great photo x

Arty pic, enjoy the Book Fair

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Kathleen Jamie's 'Surfacing' is getting rave reviews from our friends across the pond! From The Wall Street Journal to Science Magazine, her latest offering will not disappoint... @WSJ @sciencemagazine @KathleenJamie @SortofBooks

The wonderful Esther Rutter made her debut on Woman's Hour yesterday to talk about her fabulous book 'This Golden Fleece'. Follow the link below to give it a listen! @BBCRadio4 @GrantaBooks #estherrutter #thisgoldenfleece

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