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Poetry in Gaelic and English

Gràs / Grace by Maoilios Caimbeul

Iolair, Brù-dhearg, Giuthas / Eagle, Robin, Pine by Fearghas MacFhionnlaigh

The Iolaire / An Iolaire by Jock Stein (introduction by Professor Alan Riach)

These booklets are now on Sale



Poems of loss and new life

Henry Marsh

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Fiona and Andrew Gardner

The story of a veteran

JOCK’S JOURNEY:  Memoir and poems by the Editor, illustrated by Margaret Stein

LAST DOCTOR OUT OF BIAFRA: war zone journal of Dr Ann Jackson

GUILT AND FORGIVENESS in thought and personality of Paul Ricoeur

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What’s New…/handsel-press-store

Memoir of the Editor of the Press. “A study of faith and destiny” – John Miller.  Full of poems as well. Illustrated by Margaret Stein. Also commended by Irene Howat, James Robertson and Catherine Simpson. at £10.

SWIFT, our latest Poetry Booklet, by Jock Stein. The author is a poet, piper and preacher from East Lothian, and currently convener of Tyne and Esk Writers. In contrast to his first book of poems, which touched on politics and economics, these poems are about gardens, mountains and travel. Russell Jones enthuses:

“Jock Stein’s poems gleefully build their own music, whispering melodies as you explore woodlands and mountains, trains and traffic jams . . .”

Available from at £5, or

LAST DOCTOR OUT OF BIAFRA, edited by Joanna and Will Storrar. It contains the journal notes of Dr Ann Jackson, who was the last doctor to fly out of Biafra after serving there throughout the terrible Nigerian Civil War. It is a very moving documentary of tragedy, and testimony of service from a retired missionary now 80 years old – a story that has never been told before, since all the reporters waiting for her at Heathrow Airport on her return in 1970 did not recognise the demure woman in a summer dress who slipped through and off to Glasgow.

£15 from

GUILT AND FORGIVENESS: A Study in the Thought and Personality of Paul Ricoeur, by Robert Gillies, former Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney, Available at £14.95 from

RAISING ADAM: Why Jesus Descended into Hell – a new book by Gerrit Dawson, available at £7 + postage from

FINDING MY WAY by Tomas Bisek is the story of a Czech dissident and minister. Available on Amazon or from

edited by Todd Speidell and Adam Nigh
Collected Studies on T F Torrance, volume 2, available from – ask him for price, £10-15

Many older Handsel Books are now available on line through at a reduced price!
by Frank Bardgett £10 by post

Copies available from the author,

by John Coutts £10

Copies available from the author at

Marvellously Made

      The Bible and the Human Body, by Jim Parratt FRCPath, FRSE.

Professor Parratt is a physiologist who has spent his working life in heart research in Nigeria, Scotland and Hungary. This is a fascinating little book about the human body and how the Bible talks about our different parts.

“A brilliant and unique little book . . .” John Spence, former vice-principal of the University of Strathclyde.

£7.50 from the author at 10 St Germains, Bearsden, Glasgow G61 2RS, or>

I’ll Sing On

The Story of Catriona Maclean Mackinnon, by Gilbert McKinnon

Catriona Maclean graduated in voice, harp and piano from what is now the Scottish Conservatoire. This is the story of her passion for music and her search for truth that would carry her through her struggles with life-threatening illness and with how she saw the cultural implications of her faith. The book is available from and by email