And Alexander needed such a friend in those turbulent times, with the
ever-present threat of King John of England lurking; not to mention the
warlike Norsemen under King Hakon; the Lords of the Isles in revolt, and
the Isle of Man and Ireland also causing trouble.
This steadfast royal friendship was to withstand both treachery and
danger, rivalry and heartache during a highly significant period in
A story of drama and enduring friendship by Nigel Tranter, master of
Scottish historical fiction.
Before long, John, Lord of Douglas, a born leader and a man of
conscience and vision, found himself wishing that James' wise and
strong-minded sister Princess Mary had succeeded in her brother's place.
A fact compounded by the feeble king's habit of ignoring high-born
nobles, and succumbing instead to the influence of the astrologer and
alchemist William Sheves, Archdeacon of St Andrews, one of the cleverest
and most unscrupulous individuals in Scotland's history.
Continuing the story of Princess Mary Stewart that began in Price of a
Princess, Lord in Waiting is a gripping tale of 15th century Scotland by
Nigel Tranter, master of Scottish historical fiction.
Eventually, however, she learned to love him, and when he was sent to
the Danish court to negotiate with King Christian, she discovered a
unique talent for diplomacy. In exchange for Princess Margaret of
Denmark marrying her brother, Princess Mary at length persuaded the
Danes to hand over the islands of Orkney and Shetland to Scottish
But when the fortunes of the all-powerful Boyd family took a turn for
the worse, Mary was to find herself in an extremely awkward and
A riveting tale of romance, treachery and heartbreak, set in 15th
century Scotland: the story of Mary Stewart, eldest sister of James III
of Scotland and her part in making Orkney and Shetland part of Scotland.
Sir James Douglas of Aberdour, married as he was to the King's
illegitimate sister, had to tread a hazardous path through the warring
factions. But having a conscience made life harder still. For in those
days - and in that company - a conscience could cost a man dear...
The second volume of Nigel Tranter's epic House of Stewart trilogy tells
of the last days of King Robert III of Scotland and the struggle for his
An astute, courageous man, an accomplished fighter, fond of women, it
was inevitable that Cardinal David Beaton would make many enemies. And
that one day one of those embittered men would wreak a terrible revenge.
The compelling 16th century story of the rise and fall of David Beaton -
the Cardinal who was no saint. Set against the background of war and
Reformation, this is a thrilling story from Nigel Tranter, master of
This beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity.
“The Tattooist of Auschwitz is an extraordinary document, a story about the extremes of human behavior existing side by side: calculated brutality alongside impulsive and selfless acts of love. I find it hard to imagine anyone who would not be drawn in, confronted and moved. I would recommend it unreservedly to anyone, whether they’d read a hundred Holocaust stories or none.”—Graeme Simsion, internationally-bestselling author of The Rosie Project
In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.
Imprisoned for over two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.
One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.
A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov's experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions.
Mary's infant son was crowned James VI, with her illegitimate half-brother, the earl of Moray, as Regent. The population remained bitterly divided as Moray and the Protestant Lords began to wreak their terrible vengeance on supporters of the losing side.
Having fought for the Queen at the battle, the Carmichaels of Lanarkshire were in a precarious position to say the least. Poor nineteen-year-old John Carmichael, Younger of that Ilk, whose sole ambitions were land-improvement, organising fishing and raising a family, was to become deeply entangled in the murky world of Scots regency government, eventually finding himself in great danger.
'Through his imaginative dialogue, he provides a voice for Scotland's heroes' Scotland on Sunday