For over fifteen years Robin Howie`s popular walking column appeared in The Scotsman. Very well known in Scottish hill-walking circles, his knowledge of the Scottish high tops is second to none.
His first book, 100 Scotsman Walks, published by Whittles Publishing Ltd and still in print, covered those first ten years.
Featuring many colour photographs, his second book, Another 100 Scotsman Walks, printed in 2016 with the help of Indie Authors World, relates to the past 5 years; a collection of mostly shorter walks covering much of Scotland that will appeal to a wider range of walkers, including children and those less active. Many of these are in the Borders.
Each walk, indicated by a location map, has a guide identifying Ordnance Survey map, distance, height, terrain, start point, time and the all-important refreshment spot.
Have you completed all or some of the Munros, Corbetts, Donalds, Grahams or Marilyns? Wanting something easier and new? “Doing the Howies” will be bags of fun.
Robin’s books are available on Amazon and in Waterstones.
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Border Brothers is the most recent work published by MKRY Publishing, who now have no fewer than three titles to their name. Not bad for a family of relatively new, septuagarian authors! We also have a brand new logo. I will post Robin’s latest book cover on another Shoutout. Our logo reflects his name and my passion for birdwatching. Our three titles are:- A Bit on the Side, Another 100 Scotsman Walks and Border Brothers. Three totally different books under the same logo you could never hope to find. I hope you enjoy them all! However, my reason for advertising on Borders.co.uk is that BORDER BROTHERS takes place in the Borders, namely at Soutra.
I am looking forward to talking about my book, Border Brothers, to Reading or Book Groups, full of people who are fascinated by local history. Please contact me if you wish me to speak to your group. My contact details are found on the link:- http://borders.co.uk/business-listing/mkry-publishing/
My webpage is:- margaretkcook.co.uk
Amazon Author page is:- amazon.com/author/margaretkcook
There are many lovely bookshops in the Borders, all with their own particular atmosphere, and it was a pleasure to explore them. Usually I am buying, but right now I have my own book to sell.
‘Border Brothers’ is my historical novel set on Soutra near Lauder. Maybe you have heard an account of the excavations there that have uncovered secrets of the Abbey-Hospital that once stood on the top of the moor – yes, in all the weather that is a feature up there above 1200 ft. A very advanced hospital for its time, it specialised in treating war wounds on the basis of experience gained during the Wars of Independence. It probably treated soldiers from opposing armies. Maybe that is why, in the three centuries of its existence, it was never subjected to assault as were the other Borders Abbeys.
But the big mystery is how Soutra came to such a comprehensive end in mid-fifteenth century. Now there are no romantic ruins; just grassland and wind farms. And yet, much is buried here.
My book deals with many aspects of the hospital, but the main thrust is – how amid the politics of the time, this terrible downfall came about.
My Author page on amazon is:- https://www.amazon.com/author/margaretkcook and the book is available there, on Wordery and from a number of shops; I hope to add Borders bookshops too, in time!
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Sunday 28th May
Society AGM and Talk – “William Collin and the ‘Christina Craig’ An Eyemouth Maritime Family Story from the Great War” – a talk by Will Collin
Venue: Corn Exchange & Ormiston Institute, Market Square, Melrose, TD6 9PN
Time : 2.30pm