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Explore all kinds of landscapes – the internal and the external – with these evocative reads selected by other site users. To suggest your own landscape read, click here.

Unreasonable Behaviour by Don McCullen

Unreasonable Behaviour

By Don McCullen

We've all seen the moving, sometimes horrific images sent back from war zones. If you've ever paused to wonder about the people behind the cameras, this book is a must. McCullen's photographs have been published in many books and newspapers, now here's the extraordinary story of this courageous man.

Clara by Janice Galloway

Clara

By Janice Galloway

A highly regarded fictional account of the tragic childhood and love story of Clara Schumann. Bullied by her father into becoming an accomplished ninteenth century musician she escaped into marriage to the German composer Robert Schumann. She bore him eight children and nursed him through a series of mental breakdowns. Galloway keeps this painstakingly researched novel on a factual level and eschewes flights into romantic and emotional speculation. While reading like the work of an objective historian Galloway still manages to bring the characters to life. This is a rich and compelling work and an example of an impressive Scottish author growing in ambition and mastery of her art.

Scanty Particulars by Rachel  Holmes

Scanty Particulars

By Rachel Holmes

The Enigma that was Victorian Surgeon James Barry, who first appears at Edinburgh University medical school and goes on to rise up through the colonial service to become medical inspector. Just as well it wan't the diplomatic core as the reclusive Barry was more interested in promoting reform than upholding protocol; pioneering hospitals and practices that benefited the poor and women. Barry performed the first successful British cesarean delivery. Never a stranger to to scandal and controversy, the greatest being reserved for his death, when a rumour took off that Barry was actually a woman. A biography that stands with the best mystery writing, even if the author will annoy many Scottish readers with her use of England and Britain as synonyms.

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