‘A portrait of this country through the centuries, a really fine book, and an important one’ - BBC Radio Scotland‘Splendid…it’s a perfect book to keep by you, one that will offer both enlightenment and entertainment’ – Allan Massie, The Scotsman‘Perfectly timed. It reminds us of where we’ve been and where we might go’ - Roger Hutchinson, West Highland Free Press
Rosemary Goring was born in Dunbar and studied at St Andrews. After graduation, she worked at W&R Chambers as a reference editor before becoming literary editor of Scotland on Sunday. In 2018, the Centenary of Muriel Spark, Rosemary wrote the introduction for one of the world’s favourite Spark novels, The Girls of Slender Means, and abridged A Far Cry From Kensington for BBC Radio 4. She is currently literary editor and columnist for The Herald and Herald on Sunday.
Scotland’s history has been told many times, but never exclusively by its women. This book takes a unique perspective on dramatic national events as well as ordinary life, as experienced by women down the centuries. From the saintly but severe medieval Queen Margaret to today’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon, it encompasses women from all stations of class and fame and notoriety, offering a tantalising view of what happened to them, and how they felt. Drawing on court and kirk records, exchequer rolls and treasurer’s accounts, diaries and memoirs, chap books and newspapers, government reports and eye-witness statements, Scotland: Her Story brings to life the half of history that has for too long been hidden or ignored.Featured in the book fascinating accounts of The Maid of Norway, Princess Matilda, St Margaret, Margaret Tudor, Mary, Queen of Scots, Elsie Inglis, Catherine Dickens, Jane Carlyle, Lesely Riddoch, Nan Shepherd, Leila Aboulela, Mary Contini, Rona Cameron, Jessie Kesson, Winnie Ewing, Muriel Spark, Liz Lochhead, Lulu, Janice Galloway, Jackie Kay, Ali Smith, Judy Murray, Nicola Benedetti and of course Nicola Sturgeon.