New title by Book Week author is published

A new book has been published, written by Laurence Bristow-Smith, who will be appearing at Kirkcudbright Book Week.

Published in November 2022, Tribes into Nations takes a fresh look at the ethnic and cultural evolution of the British Isles and challenges the long tradition of Anglocentric history which saw the past through the prism of Empire. It views the British Archipelago as inescapably caught up in the movements of peoples and cultures that have swept across the European Continent over the millennia. The book shows the importance of Scotland, Wales, and Ireland, and of lost polities such as the Kingdom of the Isles and the Kingdom of Strathclyde, in shaping the political and cultural identity of the British Isles.

Tribes into Nations is available online through Amazon and the Book Depository; it can be ordered from any bookshop; or it can be ordered directly from Letterworth Press.

You can hear a talk by Laurence with musical illustrations by Gordon Mursell and David Preston during Kirkcudbright Book Week on Saturday March 4  at Broughton House, 12 High St  7pm £6.

The event is sponsored by Stewartry Literary Society, which says: “It is with great pleasure The Stewartry Literary Society (TSLS) is partnering with Kirkcudbright Book Week by sponsoring “An Evening with Laurence Bristow Smith” celebrating books and music. Working collaboratively, we believe we can offer a high quality,diverse and entertaining literary offer through the winter months and for communities within and without the town.”

Laurence’s other books include his two-volume History of Music in the British Isles,  Landscapes for the Turning Earth, a study of the life and work of the artist Alan Rankle, and Half-an-Eye on History, a biography of the diplomat, writer and politician Harold Nicolson.

You can check all the details for Book Week events, including the one featuring Laurence, and acquire your tickets, here at

Published by johndean1

I am a UK-based journalist and author

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