If you're interested in reading more about the East Neuk of Fife and St Andrews, Scotland, I would recommend these books, all of which we have copies of in Rose Cottage:
Take a photo tour of the East Neuk and St Andrews from the comfort of your living room with "Portrait of the East Neuk" 2nd edition (2008, Alvie Publications, hardback £25 - profits donated to Save the Children) and "St Andrews - Portrait of aCity" 4th edition (2008, Alvie Publications, hardback £27) both by Lorn Macintyre and Peter Adamson.
St Andrews - Portrait of a City
Portrait of the East Neuk
Discover the wildlife of the magical Isle of May (which you can see from the East Neuk and visit on boat trips from Anstruther) in beautiful paintings from a leading wildlife artist: "Return to One Man's Island - Paintings and Sketches from the Isle of May" by Keith Brockie (2012, Birlinn Limited, hardback £25). The original paintings are also available for sale via Keith's website (www.keithbrockie.co.uk).
Return to One Man's Island - Keith Brockie on The Isle of May
Plan your walks with two practical books: (1) a book about walking the Fife Coastal Path, including lots of historical insights: "Along the Fife Coastal Path", 2nd edition by Hamish Brown (2008, Mercat Press, £12.99); (2) a handy pocket-sized book containing 14 walks in North Fife and the East Neuk (including the Sands of St Andrews, Tentsmuir, Cambo, Largo Law and the Elie Chain Walk) as well as a chapter of Fife Coastal Path highlights: "Kingdom of Fife - 40 Coast and Country Walks" by Dan Bailey (2009, pocket mountains ltd, £6.99).
Along the Fife Coastal Path
Walks in Fife
If you're a bit of a foodie you'll love the recipes from some of the finest local chefs and restaurants in "Relish Scotland - Second Helping". The photography is gorgeous and it includes an intro from famous Edinburgh chef Tom Kitchin. Featured local restaurants include The Seafood Restaurant in St Andrews and Craig Millar @ 16 West End in the East Neuk's St Monans.
Relish Scotland - Second Helping
NEW: The East Neuk of Fife may seem like an unusual place for a musical revolution. However, in amongst the sleepy fishing villages and rolling fields, a small community of gifted musicians has quitely crept up on the world...To find out more about the intertwining lives of The Beta Band, King Creosote, KT Tunstall, James Yorkston and the Fence Collective read "Songs in the Key of Fife" by national DJ Vic Galloway (2013, Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited, £14.99). Vic hails from Kingsbarns and launched the book at the Cambo Estate. It's a lively and personal account of the intertwining lives of these local musicians as they tried to achieve musical fame and fortune, with varying degrees of success. It's also a celebration of the East Neuk and St Andrews area. I didn't realise just how musical the area was until I came across these artists and this book!
Songs in The Key of Fife - a musical revolution in the East Neuk
For local fiction why not try one of the books written by acclaimed East Neuk author Christopher Rush: "Will" which is a novel about the life of William Shakespeare (2007, Beautiful Books, hardback £14.99) or a book he edited of A-Z life advice, taken from notes written by a Victorian lady, his great-great aunt: "Aunt Epp's Guide for Life" by Elspeth Marr (2008, Michael O'Mara Books, hardback £10). Topics like garlic, knicker elastic, old age and many more are covered in a very no-nonsence way - we were particularly entertained by her none-too-positive views on Golfers! Thanks to Chris to giving us copies!
Life advice from a Victorian East Neuk lady
For more local fiction you could also read "A Kettle of Fish" by Ali Bacon (2012) - the story of a teenage girl called Ailsa and her rollercoaster family dramas, which moves from the East Coast of Fife to Edinburgh's art galleries.
A Kettle of Fish by Ali Bacon
And finally, just for fun, meet the coolest cat in town - Hamish McHamish - in this new book about a famous cat who roams free on the streets of St Andrews, living life exactly as he chooses and who even has his own Facebook page (and soon his own statue): "Hamish McHamish of St Andrews - Cool Cat About Town" by Susan McMullan (2012, Black and White Publishing, hardback £8.99). Have you met Hamish on the streets of St Andrews yet?