Doric Books

 

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A Dash O Doric

… was an idea which Robbie Shepherd had been toying with for some time when, in 1995, he approached Norman about writing the book together. The result was one of Canongate Publishing’s biggest sellers of the year. It sat in the Scottish Top 10 for more than three months. It also sparked torrents of response from Scots at home and abroad (and an irate letter from an American reader who thought it was cruel to laugh at Scots).

Illustrations were by graphics artist Graham Maclennan. The book is now out of print, but its contents are part of The Hale Lot (see below).

ISBN: 0 86241 561 6  •  144 pages, paperback  •  125mm x 196mm  •  Published by Canongate, October, 1995  •  £4.99

 

 

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Anither Dash O Doric

… was a speedy 1996 follow-up after the huge success of Dash o Doric.

Norman teamed up once again with Robbie Shepherd to expose the humour of the North-east at its finest, including the tales of grandson Nathan, the Peterhead broken arm, the building of Thainstone Mart, and Kirsty fae Buckie.

Once again, the cover was by top graphics artist Graham Maclennan. The book is now out of print, but its contents are incorporated in The Hale Lot (see below).

ISBN: 0 86241 637 X  •  116 pages, paperback  •  125mm x 196mm  •  Published by Canongate, October, 1996  •  £5.99

 

 

Spik o the Place book cover Doric Aberdeen Aberdeenshire dialectSpik O The Place

… was a 1998 commission by Canongate Publishing. The company wanted a companion volume to do for the Doric dialect of Scots what Canongate’s hugely successful Patter had done for the Glaswegian patois. The result was a best-seller in Scotland, but it also sold well to expat North-easters around the world.

Norman put together more than 1,000 words and expressions from Aberdeen and the North-east to illustrate the richness of his native tongue. Illustrations and cover are by Aberdeen artist Charlie Hynes. Robbie Shepherd wrote the foreword. The book was revised and expanded into 2009’s Spikkin Doric.

ISBN: 0 86241 834 8  •  182 pages, paperback  •  125mm x 196mm  •  Published by Canongate, October, 1998  •  £5.99

 

 

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Dash O Doric: The Hale Lot

… is an anthology of Dash o Doric and Anither Dash o Doric, the two best-selling books exploring the humour of North-east Scotland. These were published in 1995 and 1996, co-written by Norman with Robbie Shepherd. The Hale Lot came in 2003 with a new foreword, written by Norman. The cover illustration is by top graphics artist Graham Maclennan, a colleague of Norman’s from their days at The Press and Journal.

Hale Lot subsequently became an inaccurate title, because a third Dash volume of all-new tales followed a year later, meaning that this Hale Lot became not, in fact, the Hale Lot.

ISBN: 0 84158 250 6  •  200 pages, paperback  •  125mm x 196mm  •  Published by Birlinn, October, 2003  •  £6.99

 

 

Dash o Doric One for the Road book cover Aberdeen Aberdeenshire dialect humourDash O Doric: One For The Road

… is the third (fourth if you count Hale Lot as the anthology of Dash and Anither Dash) and final volume in the Dash series of funny stories from Aberdeen and North-east Scotland, again written by Norman, with Robbie Shepherd.

Graham Maclennan once again did the cover and the cartoons.

Among the all-new tales are the amateur ice-skating judge who favoured his relations; the football-club benefactor whose command of English let him down, and what happened when a homely old body tried to travel first class on the Culter subbie.

ISBN: 0 84158 324 3 •  134 pages, paperback  •  125mm x 196mm  •  Published by Birlinn, October, 2004  •  £5.99

 

 

Spikkin Doric book cover Aberdeen Aberdeenshire dialect humourSpikkin Doric

Birlinn had been asking Norman for some time to revisit his contemporary Doric dictionary of 1998, Spik o the Place (see above), and update it for the 21st century and for the many new aspiring and native speakers who had arrived in the North-east in the previous decade.

It revises the best of Spik o the Place and adds a couple of hundred new definitions to amuse and entertain.

Just the thing if you need to establish if you have been insulted by being told “ye canna blaa the stue aff a bap”.

ISBN: 0 84158 680 9 •  144 pages, paperback  •  110mm x 156mm  •  Published by Birlinn, May 2009  •  £4.99