Dundee: A Very Peculiar History by Fiona Macdonld
On my recent trip to Dundee I learned about the city and it's history 'on the job' as I travelled around the museums and galleries. Although this is a great way to pick up interesting nuggets and facts, it usually involves reading ALOT of information boards and leaflets and I must admit that I just don't have the attention span or time in my life to absorb all that data in a day!
Next weekend I am returning to Dundee and I really wanted to get more of an insight into the unique past of this often underrated Scottish destination before my next visit. Another admission I should really share is that I don't really have the time or attention span to read long, in-depth history manuals either, not because I don't have an interest in history, quite the opposite, it's just I would rather be out there seeing and experiencing history than reading about it.
I don't normally do book reviews on my blog, however when I received a copy of 'Dundee: A Very Peculiar History' by Fiona Macdonald, I was willing to make an exception as this is the kind of history book that is right up my street and I instantly loved it. This is the latest release in her series of Scottish titles from her 'Very Peculiar History' book range which all follow a similar format. As you may guess from the title they not only cover informative facts but also myths, humour, quirky tales and actually make history fun.
I really loved learning more about Scotland's fourth largest city before my next visit, including the story of Dundee's home-grown pirate, the Dundee dragon and I have even learned a few Dundonian words so I can speak the local lingo! Another section that really interested me was the recipe for Dundee cake as I will be helping to bake some on my next visit...
The book has lots of local ties as the author has close family connections to Dundee, the illustrations are by a graduate from Dundee and the publishing house was founded by a Dundonian.
Other books in the series include 'A Very Peculiar History' of Edinburgh, Great Scots, Robert Burns, Whisky, Tartan, Clans, Words and of course Scotland itself, which comes in 2 parts as there is far too much peculiar history to fit in just one book! I genuinely love these books and they are perfect for taking on your travels as they are small and light enough to carry around and the fact they come in hard back means they won't get bent and dog-eared like quite a few other books I have, The best news of all is that you could win a copy of all ten books in her Scottish series in my competition below!
COMPETITION - WIN ALL TEN SCOTTISH TITLES IN THE SERIES!
THE COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED
WELL DONE TO THE WINNER KIRSTEN GRIEW, ENJOY READING YOUR NEW BOOKS
MANY THANKS TO EVERYONE THAT ENTERED, I LOVED ALL THE COMMENTS AND EVEN LEARNED A FEW NEW SCOTTISH FACTS!
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