Saturday 13 October to 30 November 2019
“Scotland Her Story” Rosemary Goring
‘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.
Monday 18th November 6.30pm Currie Library