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  1. One for the Scots among us - I believe there are a few. This is another addition to the strangely successful series which started with the Maw Broon's Cookbook. It looks like a bit of a novelty buy, but its actually a surprisingly comprehensive wee guidebook aimed at "staycationers" rather than visitors as most guidebooks are. Rather than taking a geographical approach, as most guidebooks do, it is arranged in a more thematic way, with sections on art galleries, camping, "When it's wet" (I wonder why??) etc, as well as sections on particular areas such as Glencoe or Arran. It sells for £7.99, which compares really well to other guidebooks, and I think it's more user-friendly. It comes with a tourist map of Scotland in the back and a couple of offers for National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland, which would make the book pay for itself. Of course, you need to be able to cope with the idiosyncratric Broons style. It's done as if inspired by Horace's school project, and it's laid out as a scrapbook, mostly in the voices of the various Broons themselves. (I haven't discovered if Bairn gets a word in!) (For any Sassenachs who have read this far - Jings, Crivvens, I mean you, David! - The Broons are a comic strip family who appear weekly in the Sunday Post. They're a bit of an institution up here. More on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Broons)
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