Raising for Roz: buy a 200 limited edition signed copy

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To support Roz Paterson’s family, who have had to relocate to London for two months as she undergoes life and death pioneering cancer treatment, we have 200 limited edition copies of Restless Land signed by Roz and her co-author Alan McCombes.

For a donation of £25, including post and packing, you will receive a signed copy printed and bound in high-quality gloss paper designed to endure.

For any group wishing bulk orders, phone or text Alan at 0771 744 2805 and we will try to make a special delivery.


‘Riveting and expertly written work of popular history’

It covers a huge amount of ground with style, wit and limpid clarity that sets it apart from the dry tomes that put many people off history before they are out of school.

Restless Land is a riveting, expertly written work of popular history that deserves a very wide readership.

Alex Miller, Professor of Philosophy, History and Politics at the University of Otago, New Zealand

‘Incredibly readable book that will grab you from the start’

This is a history book like none that I’ve read before. It is an incredibly readable book which will grab you from the opening pages. Half-remembered stories and vague Scottish heroes leap to life, and the book resonates with excitement.

Reading Restless Land was like having lots of little lights come on in my head. Finally, a book which could tell me the meaning of many of the songs and poems I’ve heard, of the half-remembered stories, of the slogans and names which have drifted down through the generations.

Pam Currie  President of the EIS Further Education Lecturers Association

‘A substantive book that makes you want to find out more’

Restless Land is a substantive book by any description. It tells you things that you’ve never been told before in school, in the media, or anywhere else.

“We should thank Alan and Roz for writing a book that’s easy to read, that’s interesting page by page, and makes you want to find out more. It’s an important book that articulates a fascinating history – the history of those on whose shoulders we stand.”

Jeanne Freeman Scottish Government Minister

‘Restless Land: a radical history that needs to be in every school and college’ – review

The Scottish Socialist Voice has just carried Pam Currie’s review of Restless Land. Pam is a long-standing campaigner for independence and women’s rights, whose first political action was to join the Vigil for a Scottish Parliament at Calton Hill in 1992.

Well, I thought when I agreed to write this review that I’d be starting with an apology. I got my hands on a copy at the Glasgow launch in late July, but in full indyref campaign mode, and returning to work as a lecturer in a chaotic post-merger college, I was quite sure I would never read the whole book in time to write a review.

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Download free sample chapters

We’ve made available for download the contents, foreword and first two chapters of Restless Land. They begin with what little we know of the Picts, where recent excavations have shown ‘evidence of a highly sophisticated culture, capable of producing magnificent art and extraordinary architecture’ and end with the Declaration of Arbroath where ‘one passage stands out, not only for its defiant assertion of national sovereignty, but also, almost half a millennium before the French Revolution, its renunciation of the divine right of kings.’

Download the sample chapters now (PDF 3MB)

Why go to the pain of researching and writing a highly readable book about Scotland’s history…?

Alan McCombes reveals all in an interview we’ve just posted on this website where he explains why he and Roz wrote the book and why everyone should read it. “We’re living right now in the midst of one of the most momentous periods in Scotland’s history, a potential turning point as dramatic as 1314 or 1707, yet there has been a strange dearth of discussion over the past,” he says. “…All of us, individually, are products of all the accumulated experiences and influences we have been exposed to from the day of our birth onwards. Societies and nations are also shaped by the years, decades and centuries that have come before.” Read the full interview

Restless Land has now officially launched

At last! Restless Land: a radical journey through Scotland’s history was officially launched last Friday in Glasgow. Around 100 people attended the event hosted by Calton Books, Glasgow’s radical independent bookshop which has published the first edition of Restless Land. The owner of Calton Books Robert Rae was there, keen to emphasise the importance of the book in telling the stories of the ordinary men, women and children that make up Scotland’s fascinating history.

Robert Rae from Calton Books“It’s important to understand our history and know where we’ve come from’ he said. ‘This book isn’t all about the kings and queens; it’s about the working people who have contributed to Scotland’s history. In particular, the voice of women shines through.”

Political analyst and public affairs consultant, Jeane Freeman, focused on the themes of power and inequality that run through the book while praising the book for being easy to read, substantive, and a real page turner.

Jeane Freeman“It tells you things that you didn’t know. It tells you things you have never been told,” she said. “It’s a fascinating history that’s incredibly important for articulating the history of those on whose shoulders we stand.”

Following a burst of great musical entertainment from Rosie Kane and brothers Tam and Andy McGarvey, writer and broadcaster Pat Kane discussed the book with author Alan McCombes.

Thanks to all the speakers and everyone who came along, and everyone who bought the book. It was a great night!

Remember you can buy your copy directly from Calton Books or from any of the links on the left. It will be available soon as a PDF from this website shortly…

Alan McCombes and Pat Kane

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