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Orkney Land and People


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Covering the period from the viking age to the 20th century, Orkney Land and People focuses on the day-to-day life of ordinary Orcadian folk.

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By W P L Thomson


When the first edition of William Thomson's History of Orkney was published in 1987, The Orcadian commented: "so far as Orkney history is concerned, Mr William Thomson has written the book of the century".

The Shetland Times described the book as "scholarly and well written, hugely informative but lightened by flashes of humour and always illuminated by robust good sense".

The New History of Orkney, which appeared in 2001, was a revised and enlarged edition. The Shetland Times described it as "containing new and sparkling material" and commented that "no community in Scotland has a History as complex and thoughtful as this".

Orkney: Land and People has the same chronological spread - it covers the period from the Viking Age to the twentieth century - but the focus is different. Here, the reader will find much less about kings, earls, sagas and violent deeds, and much more about the day-to-day life of the ordinary folk of Orkney.


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