It’s easy to forget what life was like before central heating and wall-to-wall carpets but a new book called Pass It On: Household Tips From The 1950s offers a trip down memory lane combined with more than 1,000 practical household tips, many of which could still come in handy today.
One hundred years ago, a brilliant thinker called D’Arcy Thompson at the University of Dundee published his book, On Growth and Form. Giving up nature’s secrets, it looks inside things and examines their structures and cells.
Sometimes the best ideas are born over a glass (or two) of wine – or, in Matthew Fitt and James Robertson’s case, a plate of mince and tatties. Back in 2002, as the two local writers tucked into the traditional dish, they found themselves agreeing that there were too few good books in Scots for children and that they should do something about it.
If you were shocked by recent newspaper headlines like “Never Mind Brexit – Who Won Legs-It” and “Your Money or Your Lives”, then imagine how prim and proper Victorian readers must have reacted to seeing prominent public figures openly lampooned and satirised in Blackwood’s Magazine.
The Making of Mickey Bell
Light on Dumyat, published by Rowan Tree Publishing, priced £7.99
When local poet and artist Rebecca Sharp discovered she had been selected to represent Scotland at the International Poetry Festival of Granada, she could hardly believe it.
Ahead of the release of his latest book Daniel Defoe’s Railway Journey: A Surreal Odyssey Through Modern Britain, author Stuart Campbell talks about his peculiar travel log, his thoughts on literature and his work as a mental health trainer.
What is the connection between Couttie’s Wynd and a king of Scotland? Which eminent Dundee citizen was born in the Punjab and is commemorated in a street name? And which Second World War flying ace, who ended up in Colditz, has a city square named after him?
It’s not many people who can say they’ve swapped the parade ground for penning novels but that’s exactly what Wendy Jones did.