Now available two new books from Scots writer Maureen Bell


ISBN - 1904072003      Author - Maureen Bell      Publisher - Sleepytown Books

At long last a new viewpoint on Robert Burns - The womenfolk in his life. Forty short biographies of his female acquaintances and lovers. Their circumstances spanned the social divide from maidservant to ladies of the court of George III.

Previously, little information was available about many of Burns' women friends, but now, after seven years of research, Tae The Lasses puts this right by pulling their stories together in one book. Some of the lasses are well known like Jean Armour and Agnes McLehose, others like Jenny Clow and Polly Stewart are less familiar names.

The 436 page book contains not only biographies and where possible illustrations, but also the words and music for each of the 102 songs which Burns wrote for them and records his thoughts and comments on each song.

'So Special 

       - The definitive handbook for 'The Toast Tae The Lasses' or 'The Reply' 

The Scots Magazine -January 2002



ISBN - 1904072011      Author - Maureen Bell      Publisher - Sleepytown Books

Another innovative and entertaining approach to Robert Burns. In 1874, James McKie published in Kilmarnock a limited edition of 600 copies of ĎThe Burns Calendarí. The book recalled episodes in the Poetís history and included names, dates and locations associated with his life and writings. McKie was unable to provide information for each day of the year, but since then much more has become known of Burns, his life and his contemporaries.

This new Burns Calendar recounts one or more events for every day of the year and forms a fine record of the highlights in the life of Scotlandís Bard. There are 75 illustrations included in this 192 page book.

The reader will enjoy the references to many events, including The Drunken Roup at Ellisland, The Storming of the Rosamond, The Parting Songs to Clarinda, The Dumfries Theatre Riot, The Midnight Opening of Burnsí Grave etc. etc.

'Completely different - Absolutely crammed full of Burnsiana'

BBC Radio Scotland - November 2001


















TAE THE LASSES £20.00 + Post and Packing

P&P U.K. - £2.50        Airmail Europe - £ 4.50            Airmail Rest of World - £8.50


THE BURNS CALENDAR £11.99 + Post and Packing

P&P U.K. - £1.00        Airmail Europe - £ 2.00            Airmail Rest of World - £4.50



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