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Our Books


All our contemporary fiction will be published under the imprint Thirsty Books – for a complete list on the argyll bookstore site click here. Capercaillie will continue to publish historical fiction.

Non Fiction

The Inspirations Series provides short biographies of some amazing lives and complements the two autobiographies of Theatre Directors. Postcards from Scotland Series edited by the Centre for Confidence and Well-being are designed to stimulate and communicate new thinking and ways of living. Many Scottish and local interest titles are available at www.argyllbookstore.co.uk


We plan to provide ebook versions of all our paperback titles for download to Kindles, iPads or other e-readers together with eBook versions of existing titles. They can be purchased from £1.49 from this site or form iBookstore for use with iPads, iPhones etc. They are also available on Amazon for Kindle users.


We plan to add a few new titles to the list of Scottish plays currently some sixty titles from the 1970s to date by over twenty-five authors and covers a diverse range of themes and styles. Many of the publications include introductions by the authors, sometimes very personal and always deepening the understanding of the play and its origins.


Author Feature Peter Burnett

Edinburgh based author, Peter Burnett (winner of the Arts Council First Book Award with Machine Doctor) has finished his novel Scotland or No a sequel to #freetopiary: An Occupy Romance, to be published in September under the Thirsty Books imprint. Scotland or No sucks its young hero to the criminal depths of the blogosphere, where the lines between the fake and the real have been smashed forever. There will be a launch at Waterstones, George Street on 4 September.

Peter has his own web site www.peterburnett.info with many more articles and books to browse.

On Stage at the Edinburgh Fringe

Two plays Linwood No More by Paul Coulter and a Gaelic adaptation of Macbeth both produced by White Stag Theatre Company will be performed at the Edinburgh Fringe this August.

Linwood No More starring Vincent Friell of Restless Natives fame will be performed throughout August at the Space, Jury’s Inn at 17.05pm. It tells of one man’s journey against the backdrop of the economic changes in the 1970s and 80s. Around 9,000 people were employed at the Linwood car factory near Paisley. The factory closed in 1981 bringing mass unemployment and devastating the local economy. On New Year’s Day 2000, one of the jobless, now a homeless alcoholic, reflects on the events that changed his life forever triggered by redundancy from the factory. He tells his story with warmth and humour despite his harrowing situation.

Macbheatha a vision of a dystopian, superstitious, tribal Scotland will be performed at Summerhall at 2pm from 11 to 24 August. The Macbeth couple rise to power by brutal bloody means leading to their inevitable downfall holed up in their bunker. Suitable for non-Gaelic speakers. ‘A powerful new one-hour adaptation, translated into richly atmospheric Gaelic. A two-person format throws fierce emphasis onto the blighted and deteriorating relationship between Macbheatha and his wife. Superb, passionate and driven performances, sexually charged and blazing with ambition.’ **** (Scotsman). www.madeinscotlandshowcase.com

New imprints

Capercaillie Books is now working with Argyll Publishing and Thirsty Books to deliver challenging and exciting titles; Capercaillie concentrating on plays and theatre books, Argyll on current affairs and Scottish culture and history, while Thirsty Books will provide an array of contemporary fiction. The related website is www.argyllbookstore.co.uk but this website will also feature some titles under the Argyll and Thirsty Books imprints.

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