The Story of Scotland Inspired by the Great Tapestry of Scotland by Allan Burnett

The Story of Scotland Inspired by the Great Tapestry of Scotland

Written by Allan Burnett

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Stitching the history of Scotland is a wonderful project which shows scenes from the formation of Scotland when the mountainous land first took shape right up to the present day which is represented by the sporting hero – Andy Murray! Geology, history, politics, social events, religion, education and Scotland’s most romantic hero, Bonnie Prince Charlie are all brilliantly represented in the beautiful panels of this modern day Bayeaux Tapestry! A wonderful way of enjoying the history of a great country.

A Piece of Passion from Andrew Simmons, Editorial Manager, Birlinn The Great Tapestry of Scotland is an amazing work of art, telling not just the history of Scotland but also focusing on the achievements of Scots in all kinds of fields – scientific, artistic, literary, political, to name a few. Allan Burnett is one of the most accomplished writers for young people today, and his book is a fantastic companion to the tapestry, designed for readers aged 8 to 12. Illustrated with details from the tapestry’s 165 panels, it’s colourful, easy-to-read and packed with information and stories.


The Story of Scotland Inspired by the Great Tapestry of Scotland by Allan Burnett

The brainchild of bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith, historian Alistair Moffat and artist Andrew Crummy, the Great Tapestry of Scotland is an outstanding celebration of 420 million years of Scottish history and achievement. Involving a thousand stitchers who worked on 165 separate panels, the tapestry is one of the biggest community arts projects ever to have been conceived in Scotland. In this book, specifically designed for younger readers, bestselling children's author Allan Burnett tells the story of Scotland through the Tapestry itself - a thing of wonder, full of magic and adventures and mysteries. In addition to opening windows into key moments in history and introducing some of the most significant people who have shaped the nation, the book also celebrates the lives of ordinary Scotsmen and women over the ages. From saints, soldiers and Vikings to kings and queens, Arctic whalers and footballers, this is an amazing journey through the story of Scotland.


The most fantastic piece of folk art that I've seen - Liz Lochhead

An artwork about a people, made by a people ... Every country should stitch its national tapestry - Ben Macintyre, The Times

About the Author

Allan Burnett is one of Scotland's best-selling authors for young readers. He was born and brought up in the Western Isles and educated at the University of Edinburgh, while working after dark as a ghost tour guide. Allan has written many other books, including Mary, Queen of Scots and All That and Invented in Scotland - Scottish Ingenuity and Inventions through the Ages. He is also the author of World War II: Scottish Tales of Adventure.

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128 pages


Allan Burnett
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Birlinn Ltd an imprint of Birlinn General

Publication date

1st July 2014




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