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Burke Now and Then

Taking a unique twist to telling the tale of Edinburgh's most infamous serial killer, Janet Philp's Burke: Now and then narrates the story of Burke & Hare's crimes from the perspective of Burke's skeleton, imprisoned in its glass case in the city's medical school.

£9.99

Burke & Hare graphic novel

From writer Martin Conaghan and artist Will Pickering comes a dramatic and scholarly retelling of the lives and crimes of the 19th Century's most prolific and misunderstood serial killers - not to mention that of the unscrupulous Doctor in whose service they plied their murderous trade.

The narrative is drawn from a range of contemporary sources and accounts, all painstakingly detailed in the book's lengthy appendix.

Also includes a covers gallery with contributions from comics icons including Gary Erskine and Frank Quitely.

£12.99

Princess Pumpalot: The Farting Princess

On the occasion of her 13th birthday, Princess Pumpalot (The Farting Princess) is presented with the key to the cabinet. This is no ordinary key and this is no ordinary cabinet. The cabinet contains 32,141 tins of magic beans ... beans that make you fart.

Competing to take Princess Pumpalot to the Royal Birthday Ball are twin brothers Prince Niceavia and Prince Nastavia. Who will win this battle and what the heck is a low-flying gnome?

£6.99

Adam Lyal's Edinburgh DVD

This DVD combines Adam Lyal's first two haunting travelogues -- Adam Lyal's Royal Mile and Georgian Edinburgh -- in a feature-length adventure through the history of Scotland's Capital.

In the first part Adam delves into the Old Town's bloody beginnings, rough justice and brushes with the Plague and other disasters (and the odd ghost story). In the second part, we follow the exodus of Edinburgh's elite into the Georgian New Town, finding that not all of the unpleasantness was left behind...

£12.99

Edinburgh For Everyone

Edinburgh for Everyone is the Edinburgh history book that's both funny and amusing but also written in a way that is easy to understand for everyone.

Where else can you learn about all of Edinburgh's history but still find out fun facts such as: the King who made a boy learn to talk like a seagull; the social network of Bonnie Prince Charlie; and a break-dancing philosopher?

Which other history book can teach an Edinburgh local about the history of their city, yet also can allow a language learner to practise their grammar?

£6.50

The Edinburgh Graveyard Guide

Venturing into any of the Old Town's many historic cemeteries without a copy of this book would be ... a grave mistake!

Full of useful information such as famous (or infamous) "tenants", grisly anecdotes and interesting architectural features, The Edinburgh Graveyard Guide is an indispensable companion to anyone who enjoys a walk amongst the tombstones.

We're sure this invaluable guidebook will have to be pried from your cold, dead hand! Well, that's the last time you'd want to be without it...

£8.99

Grave Robbers

After years of sleeping peacefully, the deceased dignitaries of Old Edinburgh are about to get a nasty surprise...

Grave-digger and funeral enthusiast Cameron Carter lives a relatively quiet life. Until a misplaced shovel cracks open a coffin lid and reveals a hidden fortune, that is. Nearly one hundred and seventy years after the trial of Scotland's notorious body snatchers, William Burke and William Hare, the ancient trade of grave robbing returns to the town's cemeteries.

£7.99

Edinburgh's Historic Mile

An eminently readable guidebook, Edinburgh's Historic Mile is the perfect companion for exploring the rich and diverse wonders of Edinburgh's royal Mile. Informal and informative, witty and authoritative, here is an extravagant procession of all the tragedy and eccentricity in the history of Scotland's most famous street - from the sexy cannon of Edinburgh Castle, through the story of the Heart of Midlothian outside St Giles' Cathedral, all the way down to 17th century photocopying at Holyrood Palace.

£2.99

What Time Does Edinburgh's One O'clock Gun Fire?

What Time Does Edinburgh's One O'Clock Gun Fire? is a charming book mixing the rich history of the One O'Clock Gun with a bountiful selection of amusing Castle anecdotes. The firing of the One O'Clock Gun has been a recognised custom in Edinburgh since 1861, startling millions of visitors to Scotland's capital. The time gun is fired daily from the Mills Mount Battery of Edinburgh Castle at 1300 hours precisely, except on Sundays, Christmas Day and Good Friday.

£3.99

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