Dundee at a GlanceAuthor: Malcolm Archibald
The compelling new book from the winner of the Dundee International book prize. Packed with historical fact, anecdotes, legend and myth. Complemented by 200 specially commissioned photographs, personally selected by the author. The fascinating stories behind the street names, buildings and people of Dundee. What is the connection between Couttie's Wynd and a king of Scotland? Which eminent Dundee citizen was born in the Punjab and is commemorated in a street name? What does Tullideph Road have to do with the West Indies slave trade? Who was the wild youth from Hilltown who found God and saved many people from drowning in the Tay? Who was Monsieur Clovis Duveau and how has he been remembered by Dundonians? Did the heir to the British throne die in a house in West Ferry? Which Second World War flying ace, who ended up in Colditz, has a city square named after him?
The author, Malcolm Archibald, is one of Scotland's most prolific authors and uniquely qualified to write Dundee at a Glance. He has a deep knowledge of both the city and its people. His first degree, in history, was awarded by the University of Dundee, as was his master's, which is also in history, and he was also the winner of the D. M. McDonald prize. There is in addition a strong family connection with the city's fine university: his wife took her first degree, and her master's, there. and his daughter too is a graduate. After leaving full-time education, Malcolm Archibald worked for Dundee central post office as a postman, for the McManus museum as a researcher and taught history at Dundee College, where indeed he still, on occasion, works. This is his fifth book about the city, one of which, Whales for the Wizard, a novel, won the prestigious Dundee International book prize, in 2005. His love for, and admiration of, Dundee and its good citizens, is deep-rooted and genuine. As Archibald writes, 'I have found Dundonians to be the most tolerant people in Scotland: warm-hearted, open-handed, hardworking and always keen to talk about their home city.'