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Scots We Ken

Natives know them. Visitors soon get to know them. Some, like the Golf Club Captain, the Last Publican and the Nippy Sweetie, are endangered species; others, like the Whisky Bore and the Munrobagger, are enduring figures on the Scottish landscape. Every generation produces its own variations on the Scottish character and it doesn't take long for the newcomers to become familiar social types like the MSP, the Yooni Yah, the Rural Commuter and the Celebrity Chieftain. Most Scots, if they're honest, will recognise a little bit of themselves in one or other of thes mischievous and frighteningly accurate portraits. Julie Davidson's wickedly observed profiles are complemented by Bob Dewar's witty drawings in this roguish gallery of "Scots We Ken".
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Julie Davidson has had a long, varied and award-winning career in Scottish and UK journalism. She was a staff writer and columnist on The Scotsman, a columnist and critic on The Herald, for whom she won five Scottish Press Awards. She has also contributed to leading London-based newspapers and magazines including The Times, TheObserver, The Daily Telegraph, Cosmopolitan and House and Garden, and was a presenter of What the Papers Say during the golden years of Granada Television.In the past 10 years she has concentrated mainly on travel writing (for which she has also won Scottish and UK awards) and was a major contributor to the Insight guides on Scotland, Edinburgh and Glasgow.


The Scots Julie Davidson kens is a triumph of canny Scots-watching. Here for the first time is the famous Davidson wry take on the foibles and pretensions of the sub-species Scotus Domesticus won from years of anthropological field work and now distilled into sharp witty draughts complemented by Bob Dewar's incisively drawn portraits. - MURRAY GRIGOR, Film-maker.

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