Staying in: BOOK GROUP.
HIGHLANDERS: A HISTORY OF THE HIGHLAND CLANS
FITZROY MACLEAN Published by Adelphi Gift ideas for the curious this week with three unusual books that cover the past, present and future.
We start by putting the wind up our kilts with a step back in time to the days of Highland clans.
Robert the Bruce, Bannockburn, Culloden, Mary Queen Of Scots, James VI, the Covenanters, the Jacobites, the MacGregors, the Stuarts, the MacLeods - all names that feature in Fitzroy MacLean's visually stunning, wonderfully evocative chronicle of our ancestry. Buy this for anyone who lives up to Robert Louis Stevenson's belief that the mark of a Scot is he "remembers and cherishes the memory of his forebears, good or bad".
THE ELEMENT ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF BIRTHDAYS
THERESA CHEUNG Published by Harper Element According to Theresa Cheung, this reviewer (born May 19) can list persuasive, fair and energetic as her best points.
Oh, and not only should I make my living as a writer, but my life focus changed from career to family at the age of 32 - coincidentally the age my first child was born. Spooky or what?
Even spookier was the discovery (when checking the charts of everyone I knew became a scarily addictive obsession) that Ms Cheung's analysis is astonishingly accurate.Even though one of my dark traits is allegedly dishonesty, I can honestly say it's a great pressie.
HAND ME DOWN HISTORIES
JUDY ROSE Published by Orion In a world where photos are stored on discs, documents are filed on hard-drives and memories need a password to be unlocked, this beautiful, old-fashioned album is a joyous return to the days when family histories were passed from generation to generation.
Designed to be completed in conjunction with an older member of the family, it contains individual sections for photographs, papers, interviews and recollections.
A treasured keep-sake that will allow the stories and experiences of bygone days to be preserved and enjoyed both now and in the years to come.
The book - pounds 20. Sentimental value - priceless.