Restless Land - a radical journey through Scotland's history volume one (500AD-August 1914)

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Restless Land - a radical journey through Scotland's history by Alan Mccombes and Roz Paterson.

 From the back of the book: As Scotland stands poised to make a decision that will have ramifications for centuries to come, Restless Land unravels the tangled tale of the centuries gone before.

Unlike many history books, it looks beyond the kings and queens, the aristocrats and industrialists, the politicians and generals, to the extraordinary men and women from the sprawling masses.

Rigorously researched, this epic story of heroism and betrayal, courage and intrigue, sacrifice and avarice, is told with flair and clarity.


This is a Calton Books recommended book on Scottish history.


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  • 4
    Scottish History

    Posted by Unknown on 1st Jul 2019

    Had NO Scottish history at school. This is an easy read taking you through the early years of Scottish history up to 1914. I found it very informative and having read it on Kindle decided I wanted a "real" copy. I am now looking for volume 2. It puts some of the things I have heard into perspective and made me curious about the clearances of lowland Scotland. Definitely well worth a read.

  • 4
    A great book!

    Posted by Rory Winter on 5th Jun 2019

    A great book and looking forward to volume 2. Some technical criticisms: (1) I found several typos which occur constantly throughout the whole text. I wondered if you could do with another proof-reader's services? (2) The glossy paper was annoying. I would have found a matt surface easier to read to prevent glare.

  • 5
    Mostly accurate

    Posted by Robert Spence on 4th Jun 2019

    This book reveals the great injustices that the ordinary Scottish people were subjected to throughout their troubled history. It confirms that we as a people deserve a more equal and caring society than the one that was forced upon us in the past. We as Scots should now decide our own future, one that would benefit all that chose to live here.

  • 5
    Loved it

    Posted by Margaret Tuckerman on 18th Apr 2019

    An easy to read, concise history of the Scottish people. Liked it so much have bought extra copies for my adult children.