Long-time favourite The Shetland Bus, fittingly in its diamond anniversary year, outstripped the opposition as the best-selling Shetland book during 2011.
The history of the daring wartime service between Norway and Shetland, written by the late David Howarth, the assistant officer in charge of the operation, was first published in 1951.
The top book was followed by four recent titles: Around Shetland: A Picture Guide in second place; Willie’s Tales & Travels by Willie Smith in third; Cows, Cars and Rucksacks by Magnie Shearer fourth; and Hoswick Man by Martin Smith fifth.
It was very close between the first five titles, only 30 copies separating the third and fifth place titles.
In sixth place was Shetland’s Heritage of Sail by Charlie Simpson, followed by: And Then Forever by Christine De Luca; Sea View by A Christie-Johnston; Oscar Charlie by Eve Eunson (Millgaet Media); Shetland Dictionary by John J Graham; Foula: The Time of My Life by Christopher Mylne (The Islands Book Trust); Cheer Up Grampa Gloomifjord by Jonathan Wills; Shetland Diaries by Simon King (Hodder Headline); Shetland: A Love Story by Kay Wheatcroft; and Shetland Words (paperback) by A Christie-Johnston.
All books were published by The Shetland Times Ltd except where otherwise specified.