Ian R Mitchell recognises his hometown is an often underloved place, but in Aberdeen: Beyond the Granite he sets out an overwhelming case as to why this sentiment is thoroughly undeserved. An Aberdonian born and bred, Mitchell has lived in Glasgow for almost four decades. Returning to his roots, he delves into Aberdeen's rich and often unseen history and culture from an exile's perspective, revealing a proudly unique city, home to the world's oldest surviving company, the UK's oldest newspaper, and perhaps Britain's oldest Italian restaurant!
|Title||Aberdeen Beyond the Granite|
|Author||Ian R Mitchell|
|Author Bio||Ian R Mitchell is a historian who gave up teaching to devote himself to writing full time. The author of various journal articles and a textbook on Bismarck, after graduating from university in his native Aberdeen in 1973 Ian taught for over 20 years at Clydebank College, mainly on German history. A lifelong hillwalker, Ian has produced several other books, including Scotland's Mountains before the Mountaineers, a pre-history of explorations and ascents in the Scottish mountains. He also writes frequently on outdoor matters for climbing journals and the general media. In addition, he gives talks and slide shows on his books.|
|Back Cover Text||Now known as the oil capital of Europe, this description does scant justice to a rich history of adventurers, writers and revolutionaries. Historian and Aberdonian-in-exile Ian R Mitchell gives us his Aberdeen, from the easily forgotten days prior to the discovery of North Sea oil to the present day. 'Aberdeen is a hugely intriging place with a unique character, as unique as the granite from which it has been built.' - IAN R MITCHELL From the textiles, shipbuilding and fishing industries of the 19th and 20th centuries to the big questions surrounding the city's post-oil future, Mitchell looks at Aberdeen through the eyes of a one-time loon fae Torry, come home to a city transformed. In his affectionate, though critical, scrutiny of the town he used to know, Mitchell shows us a city to explore, with suggested walks, local history and stories of some of the neglected heroes of Aberdeen. Whether you're newly arrived or have lived here all your life, this book offers glimpses of an Aberdeen rarely seen - a city described by that great North-East writer Lewis Grassic Gibbon as 'exasperatingly loveable'.|
|BIC Subject||British & Irish history|
|BISAC Subject||HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain|