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    Peter Ross(Author)
Peter Ross's weekly articles from around Scotland have been a sterling attraction for the readers of Scotland on Sunday for years. A selection of the best are collected here, for the first time. Each a gem of insight and wit, they provide a piece-by-piece portrait of a nation as it changes. Always with his eye on the individual, Peter Ross presents some of the less well known aspects of the country, including the latex-clad patrons of a fetish club, as well as a new look at some of the more familiar, such as the painters of the Forth Rail Bridge. It is a look from the inside, one you are likely to recognise although one you will not have read about before, not in quite this way. Daunderlust is an exotic mix indeed, Scotland as she really is, a hopeful country not without problems and pain, but a nation made great by the people who live, love, laugh and graft there. From anatomists who find dissection beautiful to chip-shop owners who sing arias while serving fish suppers, the Scots in these pages come over as eccentric, humorous, moving and extraordinary.

'His stories are always a joy.' --Ian Rankin'We urgently need to rediscover each other. What we care about. What matters to us. One of the most fascinating events of the Ullapool book festival was the journalist Peter Ross talking about his book Daunderlust. It's a journey round Scotland led by conversations with people one might call characters. But more importantly, it explains us to ourselves. What we need right now is for copies of Daunderlust to be parachuted in all over England, a bit like the Berlin airlift. And for someone to do the same for us Scots.' --Val McDermid in the Guardian'There can't be that many journalists who can number Ian Rankin among their fans, but Peter Ross's articles in Scotland On Sunday have been essential weekend reading for all sorts of people over the past few years. The best of them have been collected here in a book that delves into every corner of Scottish life, never to come up with anything less than an interesting story. Diversity is the watchword here. Every section of society, from monks to rubber fetishists, from crime-scene santitisers to operatic chip-shop owners, is ripe for a visit from Ross and his notebook. No local tradition is too parochial, no institution too grand. "There's a lot more goes on out there than people would believe," says one of his subjects, and she speaks the truth. The impression left by Daunderlust is of a nation teeming with vibrancy, character and individuality. And a man with endless curiosity and a great eye for a story.' -Alastair Mabbott, The Herald'Daunderlust has given us a beautiful time capsule of the Scotland of the last few years. In future when people want to understand what we were really like at this historic point, they won t have to read a diet of political books about what happens to the Barnett formula and the national debt. They should read this.' -Gerry Hassan, Scottish Review'Daunderlust is full of heart, delving into the farthest reaches of society and eking out what it means to be human in the process.' -Doug Johnstone, Big Issue'The best pieces have a range beyond anything in current Scottish journalism, from a piece about accompanying extreme cleaners into a flat where someone has died and where the sink is mysteriously full of blood (the stink clogs and clots at the back of the throat) to a lovely piece about Arthur s Seat from dawn to dusk on a hot day, when it became the perfect expression of that rare phenomenon - Scottish happiness.' -David Robinson, The Scotsman'There are many great Scottish writers, but few better writers of Scotland.' -Etihad Airways in-flight magazine'From the gay bars and fetish clubs of Scotland s big cities to rural life and some of the countries most famous beauty spots, there's a tale to be told. Ross has lived these stories. In his work as a journalist he has met these people and seen the way they live and he has clearly enjoyed what he has seen. His telling of their stories is honest, moving, entertaining and humorous. And that sums up the lives of many of the subjects of this charming book. Read it and weep tears of sadness, joy and laughter.' -Scottish Field'Peter Ross has a fabulous knack of getting people to tell their tales ... If Jon Ronson lived and worked in Scotland, this is the sort of book he would write, and Ross shares Ronson's incisive eye, lightness of touch and a turn of phrase to die for.' -Scots Whay Hae!'This is a book for the Scottish diaspora, as a refresher course, and a delirious wallow in nostalgia for the bits you do recognise.' -Vulpes Libris'A book of extraordinary depth and consistent quality ... a gently inspiring testament to the truth.' --Hugh MacDonald, Scottish Review of Books

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  • PDF | 224 pages
  • Peter Ross(Author)
  • Sandstone Press Ltd (17 April 2014)
  • English
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  • By christopher michael donohue on 10 November 2014

    Peter Ross has captured present day and perhaps a disappearing Scotland. No need to leave your seat - let him take you on a modern day 'Arnold Kempish' traverse across interesting and little known facets of our landscapes. Whether it's the mass gathering of Starlings (Murmarations), the 'cleaners' who tidy up after CSI gore or the last of the Lorry Transport hubs were simple food and little PC care is what the customers want. Lose yourself, I've bought the book twice. Kindle and conventional print. That should say it all. Recommend!

  • By High Land, Hard Rain on 19 April 2014

    David Robinson, books editor of The Scotsman, has reviewed Daunderlust for his newspaper. Some highlights: "This kind of journalism is rare enough at the best of times, and these are far from the best of times ... Ross's journalism is big-hearted but not big-headed ... the best pieces have a range beyond anything in current Scottish journalism, from a piece about accompanying extreme cleaners into a flat where someone has died and where the sink is mysteriously full of blood to a lovely piece about Arthur's Seat from dawn to dusk on a hot day, when it became 'the perfect expression of that rare phenomenon - Scottish happiness'. That piece ends the book, but I was with him from its very first sentence: 'There are more things in Irvine and Perth than are dreamt of in our philosophy'. Damn right there are."

  • By david ramsay on 28 May 2015

    A book that will help English people understand modern Scots a bit more. A million miles away from the cliches of tartan and shortbread that most English form their image from. It is particularly relevant to the political times we are in where there is a clear need for the two countries to understand each other better. A witty, touching look at the Scottish psyche warts and all,

  • By Drew Long on 11 May 2014

    I bought this book for my partner thinking it'd be a good bed-time read, more often than not she ended up reading me a chapter aloud and we'd both have a good giggle. Eloquent and funny, Ross tells the stories of the people and places in Scotland that we don't often hear.

  • By Patricio on 6 May 2014

    The diversity of the subjects covered in this book is amazing, and the format makes the book ideal for, but not limited to bedtime reading. It is in turns funny, heartwarming, interesting, thought provoking and simply an entertaining read. Peter Ross is a fine writer.

  • By MR W. on 15 June 2014

    A brilliant read from start to finish. Peter's writing is so evocative and engaging it's easy to become immersed in the sights, smells and silliness of the big-hearted and gloriously strange characters who populate Scotland's colourful underbelly.

  • By Dave Scott on 29 June 2014

    One man's love letter to Scotland and it's people. Peter Ross takes the time to look and listen to the world around him and his words display great empathy with the subject he is writing about. A gorgeous book which will encourage you to look at the world around you with kinder eyes.

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