The Making Of A Masterpiece by Susan Mansfield and Alistair Moffat (Birlinn, £9.99)
As Mansfield says, the Great Tapestry is "the story of Scotland: kings and commoners, rebellions and inventions, heroes and disasters" and in this excellent account of how it came into being, inspired by the famous Bayeux tapestry, we see an inclusive and necessarily eclectic history, sometimes missing from history classes, ranging from Victorian Dundee to Ravenscraig.
The Curious Habits Of Doctor Adams by Jane Robins (James Murray, £9.99)
Underneath the Agatha Christie-like glamour of wealthy seaside towns and a doctor who treated widows who owned Rolls-Royces is a truly disturbing tale, well told here by Robins, of the way post-war British society viewed women, especially when they developed mental health conditions, leaving them open to the murderous machinations of a man like Doctor Adams.
Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women And Alcohol by Ann Dowsett Johnston (Fourth Estate, £14.99)
Johnston's personal account of her alcoholism is hugely compelling, equally so those of the people she meets during the writing of this book. From the young woman raped as a teenager to the harassed mother, she explores their relationship with alcohol and if she reaches few conclusions, it's still an important read.
Hard Twisted by C Joseph Greaves (Bloomsbury, £7.99)
This is a satisfyingly complex tale based on a true crime story, and set against the Great Depression, which owes something in its detailed depiction to Steinbeck, while also carrying the pace of a thriller. Thirteen-year-old Lucille is corrupted by handsome older Clint Palmer but 'hoboing' with her alcoholic father gives her little option.