Ian R Mitchell recognises his hometown is an often underloved place, but in Aberdeen: Beyond the Granite he sets out an overwhelming case as to why this sentiment is thoroughly undeserved. An Aberdonian born and bred, Mitchell has lived in Glasgow for almost four decades. Returning to his roots, he delves into Aberdeen's rich and often unseen history and culture from an exile's perspective, revealing a proudly unique city, home to the world's oldest surviving company, the UK's oldest newspaper, and perhaps Britain's oldest Italian restaurant!
Ian R Mitchell is a historian who gave up teaching to devote himself to writing full time. The author of various journal articles and a textbook on Bismarck, after graduating from university in his native Aberdeen in 1973 Ian taught for over 20 years at Clydebank College, mainly on German history. A lifelong hillwalker, Ian has produced several other books, including Scotland's Mountains before the Mountaineers, a pre-history of explorations and ascents in the Scottish mountains. He also writes frequently on outdoor matters for climbing journals and the general media. In addition, he gives talks and slide shows on his books.
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