Celebrating Edinburgh by Jack Gillon and Fraser Parkinson
Published Amberley Publishing 15th July 2021
Pages 96 Colour & B & W Illustrations
Celebrating Edinburgh is a new publication in the new “Celebrating” series from Amberley publishing and like other local history books from this publisher fits into their standard format of pages and general layout.
For some books in this “Celebrating” series, this might not be a problem, but for a city with the depth of history that Edinburgh has, this gives the authors only space to touch lightly upon many different aspects of the city and its history. To be fair, the book is never designed to be a “heavy history” of Edinburgh but, as the title suggests, a more general celebration and overall flavour of what Edinburgh has to offer both long-time residents and new visitors and the authors have done a good job in doing this within the limitation of the space available to them
Included in this melting pot of flavours are sections on architecture, The Enlightenment, celebrating Leith, Edinburgh’s villages, the birth of the British Fire Service, Literary Edinburgh and more. If you find a few of the subjects covered in this book to be ones that you want to explore further then the chances are that they will be covered in more depth in one of the many other books on Edinburgh that Jack Gillon and Fraser Parkinson have already written for Amberley.