Old favourite still topping the Shetland books bestseller list

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.


Add Your Comment
  • Ron Stronach

    • February 2nd, 2012 12:11

    If you haven’t read it, you should, its a great book full of interesting things that these crews endured. I wish I had read it while at school as just after leaving school I went to sea and was on the same ship as one of the crew from one of the boats from the Shetland Bus and I’m sure I would have been a lot more enquiring after reading it.Brave people!

  • Colin Hunter

    • February 2nd, 2012 14:05

    Aye! Some story! It’s one of those stories, that is you didn’t know it was actually true, you’d think it was far fetched. Amazing people!


Add Your Comment

Please note, it is the policy of The Shetland Times to publish comments and letters from named individuals only. Both forename and surname are required.

Comments are moderated. Contributors must observe normal standards of decency and tolerance for the opinions of others.

The views expressed are those of contributors and not of The Shetland Times.

The Shetland Times reserves the right to decline or remove any contribution without notice or stating reason.

Comments are limited to 200 words but please email longer articles or letters to editorial@shetlandtimes.co.uk for consideration and include a daytime telephone number and your address. If emailing information in confidence please put "Not for publication" in both the subject line and at the top of the main message.

200 words left

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Get Latest News in Your Inbox

Join the The Shetland Times mailing list to get one daily email update at midday on what's happening in Shetland.