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Polygon Books

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Polygon publishes a wide range of fiction, poetry and biography and even the occasional cookbook. Best known as publishers of Alexander McCall Smith.
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    “A book about war that, like The Naked and the Dead or Catch-22, manages to be about very much more” (Brian Morton, author of Starting Out in the Evening).Odysseus is returning to Ithaca after nearly twenty years—half of it spent as a soldier and the other half as a soldier of fortune. During his absence, his wife, Penelope, has remained faithful, despite Odysseus being missing and presumed dead. But when her husband suddenly reappears, he confronts those who have been trying to seduce his wife and kills them all.Based on Homer’s ancient epics, this is a novel about war and peace—and about how returning soldiers can find peace more horrible than war and home more hellish than the battlefield.“The narrative of the novel drives along fast, and Odysseus’s adventures on his long journey home are vividly presented. Readers already familiar with them are unlikely to be disappointed; many who come to them fresh will be enthralled.” —The Scotsman“Startlingly original.” —The Times
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    In Glasgow, a single mom with a secret life gets caught up in murder: “A gripping whodunit [with] a good measure of comedy” (Scottish Field).   Annette Somerville, a young single mother, earns her living giving men massages—along with a few extra services—at a high-class Glasgow sauna, scrupulously keeping her respectable home life separate from her professional activities. Then, during a series of seemingly unconnected murders in the city, Annette realizes that all the victims have been regular customers.   No one else seems interested, and her boss makes it clear that going to the police will cost Annette her job. But Annette’s new boyfriend, a former customer of the sauna, could be the murderer’s next victim . . .   This is a unique and witty crime thriller from the author of Close Quarters, praised as “excellent reading” by Scots Magazine.
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    The central character is not Spartacus himself, but Kleon, a fictional Greek educated slave and eunuch who joins the revolt. In the first chapter we are told how he was sold into slavery as a child and sexually abused by an owner.Another important character is Elpinice, a female slave who helps Spartacus and his fellow gladiators escape from Capua, and who becomes Spartacus's lover. She gives birth to a son, but while Spartacus is fighting elsewhere she is raped and murdered by soldiers, and the child is also killed. The novel touches on Gibbon's views on human history, with Spartacus seen as a survivor of the Golden Age.
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    A verse novella by Glasgow Laureate Jim Carruth, Killochries tracks the relationship of two very different men working a remote farm over the course of twelve months. A young man is sent to work at Killochries, a farm belonging to a relative, after burning out in the city. He is appalled by the absence of his previous life’s essentials, by the remote strangeness of this new world.The old shepherd has never left the hills; has farmed them all his life. He doesn’t care for the troubles of the modern world, trusting only in God, and greets the incomer with taciturn indifference. Through weeks shaped by conflict, hardship and loss a new understanding grows.
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    After selling his business, rich middle-aged merchant Dickson McCunn decides to set out on a walking holiday in the Scottish Borders. There he meets a young English poet, and both soon become embroiled in the plot of an international gang to capture a Russian princess. With the help of the Gorbals Die-hards, an indomitable gang of urchins from Glasgow, they frustrate and finally defeat the gang. And in the process Dickson happens to discover a new meaning to life …
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    Prester John is a splendid story, not merely compact with thrilling scenes, but distinguished by a fine literary flavour, due partly to the authors style and partly to his ability to describe men who are not mere automatons. Davie Crawfurd, Laputa, Wardlaw, an Aberdeen schoolmaster; Henriques, a dirty Portuguese scoundrel, and others are men of flesh and blood as living and real as the people one meets every day in the street, and a great deal more interesting.--Scotsman.
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    The first adventure of Scots lawyer and MP Sir Edward Leithen whose daily routine of flat, chambers, flat, club is enlivened by the sudden disappearance of an Oxford contemporary. As the investigation into the disappearance develops Leithen finds himself pitted against a terrifying international anarchist network called The Power-House.
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    Tells the story of young clerk Peter Pentecost, who has a claim to the throne, and a tale of intrigue against King Henry VIII, where 'under the blanket of the dark all men are alike and all are nameless'.
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    When Anthony Lammas, minister of the Kirk and Professor of Logic at St Andrews University, leaves his home town for London on business, he little imagines that within two days he will be deeply entangled in a web of mystery and intrigue.
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    “A Lost Lady of Old Years” by John Buchan. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.
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    A long-forgotten promise made by Richard Hannay finds him honour-bound to resolve a violent vendetta in which the lives of a young father and his daughter are in danger from desperate men. Hannay sets out on a high-octane chase from the rural tranquillity of his English manor to the Scottish Borders and, ultimately, to Scandinavia.
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    A classic espionage and adventure novel set during The Great War, featuring the reckless Richard Hannay. Tasked with unraveling a mysterious message, Hannay travels through Germany and the Middle East, searching for the elusive religious leader ''Greenmantle''. Sequel to The Thirty-Nine Steps and precursor to Mr. Standfast.
  • Birlinn Limitedadded a book to the bookshelfPolygon Books16 days ago
    Scottish detective Alice Rice stalks a serial killer in this thriller steeped in “chilling realism” from the author of Blood in the Water (Edinburgh Evening News).As Heather Brodie kisses her lover goodnight, her disabled husband lies dead, his throat cut from ear to ear. Who wanted Gavin Brodie dead? Many people, including Gavin Brodie. Crushed by an incurable illness, he pleaded to be allowed to die.When DS Alice Rice is brought in to investigate, another terminally ill man is found murdered. It could be a coincidence—or it could be something much more sinister: a serial killer preying on the sick and infirm. And Alice has more worries when she suspects her partner, Ian Melville, is lying to her. This atmospheric thriller builds on the success of the first three Alice Rice mysteries and is a passionate tale of deception, betrayal, and the value of life and love.“Highly readable.” —Alexander McCall Smith, New York Times–bestselling author of Dream Angus“An author to watch.” —Publishing News“She’s onto a winner with her chosen location of Edinburgh. Its brooding architecture and narrow alleyways suit dark tales . . . All-in-all, a satisfying detective novel with all loose ends nicely tied up.” —The Bookbag“[Galbraith] offers a much-needed female perspective on the city and the genre.” —Scottish Field
  • Birlinn Limitedadded a book to the bookshelfPolygon Books5 years ago
    Tells the story of two young noblemen — John Burnet, heir to the ancient house of Barns the last in a long line of Border reivers, and his cousin, Captain Gilbert Burnet, a dashing, ruthless soldier. Their lifelong rivalry results in treachery, betrayal and a desperate struggle for survival.
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    From the author of the bestselling Hue & Cry. “Fans of C. J. Sansom and Shona MacLean will find much to admire in this gripping mystery” (Historical Novel Society).St Andrews, 1583. The young king, James VI, is confined at Falkland Palace, plotting his escape. Dissension rages between Kirk and Crown, the king and his “lord enterprisers,” and between the separate factions of the church. In St Andrews Castle, a bishop in decline plays out his darkest fantasies while lawyer Hew Cullan and his friend, Giles, investigate the true source of his sickness, uncovering corruption at its heart. The death of a young soldier implicates Hew’s sister and Giles’s wife, Meg, and leads Hew to an astonishing discovery and towards his blackest hour, his fortunes inextricable from those of James himself. Real historical figures woven into this fantastical tale are James VI, the bastard son of James V, spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham, and Alison Pearson who was executed for witchcraft in 1588.Praise for the Hew Cullan Mysteries“Charms the reader.” —Scotland on Sunday“The authentic Scottish dialogue and gripping narrative make this a must for fans of Scottish history or mystery.” —Scottish Field“Wonderful stuff.” —Good Book Guide“Informative, suspense filled, downright entertaining.” —The Bookbag
  • Birlinn Limitedadded a book to the bookshelfPolygon Books5 years ago
  • Birlinn Limitedadded a book to the bookshelfPolygon Books5 years ago
  • Birlinn Limitedadded a book to the bookshelfPolygon Books5 years ago
  • Birlinn Limitedadded a book to the bookshelfPolygon Books5 years ago
  • Birlinn Limitedadded a book to the bookshelfPolygon Books5 years ago
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