Scottish Graveyard Miscellany,A
The Folk Art of Scotland’s Graves
6" X 9" • 159 pages • full-color photos throughout
ISBN 9781841586762 • paperback • $21.95 •
"A highly entertaining and well-illustrated account... This book brings new understanding and, in a way, a sense of the delight you can find if you look in the right places."
'Wide-ranging and freshly researched…beautifully balanced in tone, capturing both the humour and the seriousness of the subject, *****.' - The Scotsman
In A Scottish Graveyard Miscellany, Hamish Brown explores in words and extraordinary pictures the folk art of Scottish graveyards from the eighteenth century (when gravestones began to be widely used) to the present day.
Each old kirkyard is a riotous celebration of folk art: there are skulls and skeletons, ships and lighthouses, angels galore, carved portraits of our forebears and even a gravestone decorated with a picture of Bart Simpson and his skateboard! More than mere memorials, the graves are a collection of pages in stone taken from the history of Scottish everyday life.
Scotland’s kirkyards are not gloomy places to be shunned, but places to find vivid stories from the lives of people, without distinction of class or creed. There is much humor in this book, and the photographs throughout taken by the author illustrate better than words why we should look after the unique treasuries in our midst.
Hamish Brown is a well-known outdoors writer, lecturer and photographer who has written several best-selling books, including Along the Fife Coastal Path and Exploring the Edinburgh to Glasgow Canals. He is also a regular contributor to the Mercat Press 25 Walks series. He divides his time between his home in Fife and Morocco, where he leads expeditions in the Atlas mountains.
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