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lose yourself in scotland

Whatever your your preferred reading genre, John will certainly have a book which will entertain and educate you and give you some great insights into life here in Scotland.

of dogs to men

“In his new book, Of Dogs And Men, the former shepherd explores the relationship between dogs and people dating back thousands of years. John told Robert Wight The Honest Truth about man’s best pal.”. Robert Wight, The Sunday Post, 19th May 2013.

“Barrrington’s memoir of his years as a farmer owning a succession of sheepdogs is a hymn to our relationship with dogs and the rural landscape. I’ts an appealing read, detailed and authorative, with recollections of dogs he has had, and dogs we know only on screen or through history (Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, etc), more fond than sentimental.”. Lesley McDowell, The Sunday Herald.

Of Dogs and Men is the title of John’s new book. Commissioned by Luath Press Limited to celebrate their 30th anniversary, ‘Of Dogs and Men’ was launched on Tuesday, 30th April 2013 at Blackwell’s bookstore in Edinburgh.

Published in the UK by Luath Press Limited, 2012 – Incidentally, did you know that Luath Press is named after the favourite collie of Robert Burns?

ISBN: 978-1906817909.

Availability
Of Dogs and Men Amazon (UK) books. RRP £8.90 (GBP).
Of Dogs and Men Amazon Kindle. RRP £5.99 (GBP)

out of the mists

This delightful collection with tales of roaming giants, marauding monks and weird witches will leave you awestruck. Enter into this mystical world of wonder and whimsy and be enthralled by all the magic, madness and mayhem in store!

Shepherds are renowned as storytellers and this is a selection from Barrington’s vast repertoire, collected from colleagues and other people over many, many years. The stories themselves span a period from Noah’s Ark to a witch of the 20th century.

With wit and humour, award-winning author John Barrington intersperses history and legend, tradition and fable to create a compelling and entertaining collection of stories which will answer all your questions about Scottish folklore.

Published in the UK by Luath Press Limited, 2008.

ISBN: 1-905222-33-5.

Availability:
Amazon (UK) booksRRP £7.99 (GBP).

Amazon (USA) books. List price $16.95 (USD).

loch lomond & the trossachs

Read in detail all about the history, wildlife, folk lore and legend of the entire area in which John Barrington has lived and tended his sheep for more than thirty years.

This guide book has 218 entries and uses all 27 letters of the Scottish Alphabet. Yes, there is one more than English. Learn how the Devil created the Whangie rock formation; where the word “blackmail” comes from; which church minister was taken away by the fairies and what are the Heavenly Dancers.

Concise location maps for each letter will help both visitors and residents to get the most out of Scotland’s first National Park.

“John Barrington knows more about the history of this area than any other man alive.” (Tom Weir)

 

“A man with a passion for the natural and cultural heritage of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.” (William Dalrymple, Chief Executive of the National Park Authority)

Published in the UK by Luath Press Limited, 2008.

ISBN: 1-905222-33-5.

Availability:
Amazon (UK) booksRRP £7.99 (GBP).

Amazon (USA) books. List price $16.95 (USD).

red sky at night

This fascinating insight into a shepherd’s life took ‘Red Sky at Night’ to the top of the UK bestsellers charts on first publication. Now with this new Luath edition a new generation of readers can discover the rhythms of the seasons, spend the night on the hill and learn the mysteries of how shepherds communicate with their dogs. From the reviews the book has received, it might be that the old chant, red sky at night, shepherd’s delight, could be reworked: Red Sky at Night, reader’s delight!

“This working shepherd writes beautifully about his animals, about the wildlife, trees and flowers which surround him at all times, and he paints an unforgettable picture of his glorious corner of western Scotland.” (James Herriot)

“An excellent and informative book….not only an account of a shepherd’s year but also a diary of a naturalist.” (Times Literary Supplement)

“Powerful and evocative…a book which brings vividly to life the landscape and wildlife. ” (Scottish Field)

Published in the UK by Luath Press Limited, 2008.

ISBN: 1-905222-33-5.

Availability:
Amazon (UK) booksRRP £8.99 (GBP).

Amazon (USA) books. List price $16.95 (USD).