Professor Sue Black, All That Remains: A Life in Death, (Transworld Publishers)
As Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology, Black encounters mortal remains in her lab, at burial sites, at murder scenes and when investigating mass fatalities due to war or natural disaster. Here she reveals the many faces of death she has experienced and uses key cases to explore how forensic science has developed.
Alan Taylor, Appointment in Arezzo, (Polygon). Published to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Muriel Spark’s birth, this memoir reveals her as she really was. With sources such as notebooks kept by Taylor from his encounters with Muriel and the hundreds of letters they exchanged over the years, this is an invaluable portrait of one of Edinburgh’s premiere novelists.

Angus Roxburgh, Moscow Calling, (Birlinn Ltd).  In this book Roxburgh presents his Russia, a quirky, exasperating, beautiful, tumultuous world that in four decades has changed completely, and yet in some ways not at all. From his time as a correspondent covering the Soviet Union's collapse to his work as a media consultant to Putin's Kremlin, his memoir offers a unique insight.
Joseph Farrell, Robert Louis Stevenson in Samoa, (MacLehose Press). Few know that Robert Louis Stevenson lived out his last years on Upolu, an island in Samoa. He was given a Samoan name and became a fierce critic of the interference by Germany, Britain and the U.S.A. in Samoan affairs. Farrell's study stands apart from previous biographies by giving as much weight to Samoa as to the life and work of Stevenson himself.
Mark Cousins, The Story of Looking, (Canongate Books). This book takes its readers on a tour in words and images through how our looking selves develop over the course of a lifetime and the ways that looking has changed through the centuries. From great works of art to tourist photographs, cityscapes to cinema, propaganda and refusals to look, it illuminates how we construct as well as receive the things we see.

Richard Holloway, Waiting for the Last Bus, (Canongate Books). Former Bishop of Edinburgh Richard Holloway has spent a lifetime at the bedsides of the dying, guiding countless men and women towards peaceful deaths. In Waiting for the Last Bus, he presents a positive, meditative and profound exploration of the many important lessons we can learn from death.