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'Of Dogs and Men'

Of Dogs and MenOf Dogs & Men. is the title of John's new book. Commissioned by Luath Press Limited to celebrate their 30th anniversary, 'Of Dogs and Men' was launched on Tuesday, 30th April 2013 at Blackwell's bookstore in Edinburgh.

Incidentally, did you know that Luath Press is named after the favourite collie of Robert Burns?

Published in the UK by Luath Press Limited, 2012.

ISBN: 978-1906817909.


Of Dogs and MenAmazon (UK) books. RRP £8.90 (GBP).

Of Dogs and MenAmazon Kindle. RRP £5.99 (GBP)

John signing copies of his new book, 'Of Dogs & Men', at Blackwell's Bookshop in Edinburgh.The picture on the left shows John signing copies of his new book at the launching ceremony. The photo, which was taken by Alison Green a former student of John's from the 'Sheepdog Handling & Management' course at Oatridge Agricultural College, also shows Bo her Bearded Collie. The course, ratified by the SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority), was also designed by John.

Reviews for 'Of Dogs and Men'

"Barrrington's memoir of his years as a farmer owning a succession of sheepdogs is a hymn to our relationship with dogs and the rural landscape. I'ts an appealing read, detailed and authorative, with recollections of dogs he has had, and dogs we know only on screen or through history (Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, etc), more fond than sentimental.". Lesley McDowell, The Sunday Herald.

"In his new book, Of Dogs And Men, the former shepherd explores the relationship between dogs and people dating back thousands of years. John told Robert Wight The Honest Truth about man's best pal.". Robert Wight, The Sunday Post, 19th May 2013.

'Out of the Mists'

Out of the Mists (Luath Storyteller)Out of the Mists.This delightful collection with tales of roaming giants, marauding monks and weird witches will leave you awestruck. Enter into this mystical world of wonder and whimsy and be enthralled by all the magic, madness and mayhem in store!

With wit and humour, award-winning author John Barrington intersperses history and legend, tradition and fable to create a compelling and entertaining collection of stories which will answer all your questions about Scottish folklore.

Published in the UK by Luath Press Limited, 2008.

ISBN: 1-905222-33-5.


Amazon (UK) books. RRP £7.99 (GBP).

Amazon (USA) books. List price $16.95 (USD).

Barnes & Noble (USA). List price $16.95 (USD).

'Loch Lomond and The Trossachs'

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs: An A-Z of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and Surrounding AreaLoch Lomond and the Trossachs - an A-Z.

The answers to all these questions can be found in 'Loch Lomond and The Trossachs', John Barrington's follow up to the bestselling 'Red Sky at Night'. Here, Barrington draws upon his wealth of knowledge and experience of life in Loch Lomond and surrounding Trossachs area to create a compelling historical, mythological and linguistic A to Z of the region.

This is an insider's recommendation of all you should see in this, Scotland's first national park, if you truly wish to uncover its beauty and find out all it has to offer. From the enchantments of the Aberfoyle landscape to the locality of the Zygaena moth, Barrington's love of his subject shines through as he explores the sites, characters and wildlife that make this area so attractive to tourists, historians and etymologists alike.

Published in the UK by Luath Press Limited, 2006.

ISBN: 1-905222-42-4.


Amazon (UK) books. RRP £8.99 (GBP).

Amazon (USA) books. List price $16.95 (USD).

Barnes & Noble (USA). List price $16.95 (USD).

Reviews for 'Loch Lomond and The Trossachs'

"John Barrington knows more about the history of this area than any other man alive." (Tom Weir)

"A man with a passion for the natural and cultural heritage of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs." (William Dalrymple, Chief Executive of the National Park Authority)

'Red Sky at Night'

Red Sky at NightRed Sky at Night. This fascinating insight into a shepherd's life took 'Red Sky at Night' to the top of the UK bestsellers charts on first publication. Now with this new Luath edition a new generation of readers can discover the rhythms of the seasons, spend the night on the hill and learn the mysteries of how shepherds communicate with their dogs. From the reviews the book has received, it might be that the old chant, red sky at night, shepherd's delight, could be reworked: Red Sky at Night, reader's delight!

Published in the UK by Luath Press Limited, 1999.

ISBN: 0-94-648760-X.


Amazon (UK) books. RRP £8.99.

Amazon (USA) books. List price $16.95 (USD).

Barnes & Noble USA). List price $16.95 (USD).

Reviews for 'Red Sky at Night'

"This working shepherd writes beautifully about his animals, about the wildlife, trees and flowers which surround him at all times, and he paints an unforgettable picture of his glorious corner of western Scotland." (James Herriot)

"An excellent and informative book....not only an account of a shepherd's year but also a diary of a naturalist." (Times Literary Supplement)

"Powerful and evocative...a book which brings vividly to life the landscape and wildlife. " (Scottish Field)


Newspapers & Magazines

John also writes a regular column for 'The Strathard News' and occasionally supplies features for other newspapers and magazines.

Early Beginnings

John wrote his first feature article for 'The Aberdeen Press and Journal' in 1971; won an award for an article published in 'The Sunday Times' (1978) and went on to publish his first book, which is still in print, in 1984.

John's new book, 'Of Dogs & Men', was officially launched on Tuesday, 30th April 2013 at Blackwell's Bookshop in Edinburgh.

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