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Edinburgh: A History of the City

by Michael Fry

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Published 2nd July 2010, 432 pages
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The late poet laureate, Sir John Betjeman, said that Edinburgh was the most beautiful city in Europe. Like some other great cities it is set on seven hills. But only one of these, Rome, rivals Edinburgh in matching the beauty of its setting with the stateliness of its buildings. Edinbrugh, too, provides the backdrop to much of the dark drama of the Scottish past, from Mary Queen of Scots to Bonnie Prince Charlie and beyond. Michael Fry, who has lived and worked there for nearly forty years, provides a compellingly readable account of this great city, from the earliest times to the present, balancing Edinburgh’s cultural, political and social history, and painting a vivid portrait of a city - that like Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll - is both dark and light, both dark and light, both ‘Auld Reekie’ and ‘Athens of the North’.

‘Impressive … in the style of Peter Ackroyd’s history of London’ Magnus Linklator, Spectator

No one interested in the history of Edinburgh, and indeed Scotland, should be without it’ Allan Massie, Scotsman


Edinburgh: A History of the City
by Michael Fry


Pan Macmillan


Publication date
July 2, 2010

19.7cm x 12.9cm x 2.9cm

Page count
432 pages