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A Shetland Bible
Charles Greig
Eighty one of the most popular Bible stories told in Shetland dialect. Illustrated by The Shetland Times cartoonist Smirk.
 
The Shetland tongue has, in many ways, been blessed by its isolation making it both unmistakable and unlike anything else you will hear on the British Isles. Rich in vocabulary and lyrical in tone, this is the language of sagas and storytellers: and what better stories to tell than those found in the Bible?
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Aald Papa, I'm Dine!
George P.S. Peterson
George P. S. Peterson has been a regular contributor to Shetland Life and The New Shetlander magazines for many years but this is the first time his writing has appeared in book format for over 16 years.

Auld Papa I’m Dine! is a diverse collection which brings together a wide range of George’s work – much of it written in Shetland dialect and previously unpublished. History, short stories, poetry, trowie tales and bedtime stories for children, all feature, and are complemented by the author’s own illustrations.

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Around Shetland a Picture Guide

A perfect little picture book with a wide range of images from different photographers covering a wide range of subjects from classic views of Shetland, events and the wildlife of our isles. Eighty four images in total, all in full colour.

The longevity of this publication is testimony to its popularity. First published in 1992 this new edition of one of our best sellers is a great little pocket picture book for ex-pats, locals and tourists alike.
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Between Weathers, Travels in 21st Century Shetland
Ron McMillan
Ron McMillan criss-crossed Shetland to explore glorious land and seascapes, treasures both natural and manmade, and the lives of present-day Shetlanders. Endlessly curious and wryly perceptive, this account of his travels brims with insights into the islands’ wildlife, archaeology and geology. Most of all, it casts a warm and engaging light on Shetlanders themselves.
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Born a Beachcomber
Steve Mathieson
Born in the last year of the Great War on a croft in the north of Unst, Shetland, Thomas Mathieson grew up in a way of life that hadn't altered significantly in several centuries. Like thousands of Shetland boys before him, Thomas dreamed of escaping the hard toil of the croft for the romance of life at sea and the chance to visit exotic and mysterious lands.
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Cats, Clouds and Flatpacks!
Magnie Shearer. Illustrated by Katherine Laidlay
We were born with the gift of laughter. It lifts our spirits and makes us feel happy. Laughter is a contagious emotion. It can bring people together. It can help us feel more alive. Laughter can help you feel better about yourself and the world around you. Laughter can be a natural diversion. When you laugh, no other thought comes to mind. After laughing for only a few minutes, you may feel better for hours.

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Cows, Cars and Rucksacks!
Magnie Shearer
Magnie Shearer’s first book Cats, Clouds and Flatpacks published in 2009 was generally acclaimed as one of the funniest books of the year. Now he brings his unique brand of humour to another collection of short stories depicting moments in his life that we can all relate to.
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Fond Hopes Destroyed
Mary Prior
Fond Hopes Destroyed draws on the rich records in the Shetland Archives to describe the broken relationships which landed couples in court in breach of promise cases. Sailors’ letters to their sweethearts written from all around the world were particularly incriminating, and often caused amusement when read there. Ribaldry and heartbreak making strange bedfellows.
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From The Far Haaf to The Sma' Half
John J Blanche
Life on the Shetland Isles in the 19th century was harsh and unforgiving. Crippling tenancy agreements, poor living conditions and ferocious weather forced many families to wave goodbye to their children who left in search of a better way of life on the mainland.
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Gardie: A Shetland house and its people
Wendy Scott
Built in 1724 on the shores of the great natural harbour of Bressay Sound, Gardie House holds an extensive family archive. From its contents comes the story of the house’s passage through turbulent times and the everyday life of the generations who lived in and around it. These have included a diverse set of individuals, ranging from Magnus Henderson, who built the house on the proceeds of his fish export business, to Norman Cameron, a veteran of the Somme. The house has also played host to prominent visitors to Shetland, from Sir Walter Scott, who dined at Gardie during his tour of the Scottish islands in 1814, to Sir John Betjeman. What emerges is a portrait of the complexity of island life, set against the social and economic changes of the house’s almost three centuries. Most of the documents in this book have never before been published; some have only recently been discovered.
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