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Book review: Scottish Urban Myths and Ancient Legends by Grace Banks and Sheena Blackhall

Book review: Scottish Urban Myths and Ancient Legends by Grace Banks and Sheena Blackhall

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Published by History Press

What do you get when two well-known storytellers, both known for the love of Scottish tales, music and traditions put their heads together? A super little book that brings together a host of tales and stories from around Scotland.

Every city, town and village has its own urban myth, while every family in Scotland tends to have its own favourite spooky or mythical tale that’s been told through the generations.

Urban myths are an almost universal cultural phenomenon, stories that gain popularity and notoriety is something that happened to ‘a friend of a friend’.

Similarly, much older legends which are spread from generation to generation are rooted into the traditions of every old city, county and country.

This book delves into the great well of stories and urban myths which are linked to different parts of the country.

There’s spooky stories of monsters, mad folk and vampires, along with tales of Nessie, giants, fairies and other mythical creatures.

Some I’d heard of before, others were new to me, while the majority of tales are pretty short which makes it an ideal book to dip in and out of.

Compiled by two master storytellers, who have clearly done their homework researching the book, it’s one of those books that will find a place on bookshelves for years to come.

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