Merchiston Publishing

Edinburgh Napier University's Press, run by our postgraduate Publishing programme

The New Road

Merchiston Publishing is the imprint of the Scottish Centre for the Book based at Edinburgh Napier University. The publications – print, ebook and online – are managed by staff and powered by students on MSc Publishing.

Our Books to Bairns series provides books (and in some cases Teachers’ Resources) to children in schools and hospitals across Scotland, in particular, Edinburgh.

These books are provided free of charge. Teachers can request a class set of one book, or a selection of our books, or even single copies for their school library.

Please get in touch to find out more.

The New Road – Neil Munro

3D image of The New RoadThe New Road follows Aeneas Macmaster as he unravels the truth behind the death of his Jacobite father. As General Wade’s road snakes through the Highlands, a symbol of civilisation and prosperity, the fate of Aeneas and the Highland people become intertwined in a journey of self-discovery, progress and disillutionment with the past.

Gripping until the very last page, Munro is masterful in creating a book that is at once a murder mystery and a biting critique of Highland treachery.

ISBN: tbc
Format: paperback (198mm x 129mm)
Extent: c.400 pages
Price: c.£7.99 (free to schools)

Key Features:

  • listed as one of the 100 Best Scottish Books of all Time by The List
  • a fresh look at Scottish literature
  • accompanying e-book is the first ever electronic edition of the book
  • cover illustration by young Scottish artist Claudia Massie
  • introduction by Ronald Renton, the chairman of Neil Munro Society
  • map designed by Edinburgh Napier graphic design student
  • glossary of Gaelic and Scots terms
  • historical novel wrapped in mystery and adventure, often compared to R L Stevenson’s Kidnapped
Neil Munro was born in the small town of Inveraray near the head of Loch Fyne in Argyll, Scotland. Read more…

Books to Bairns
Our work focuses on providing books to disadvantaged readers. Books to Bairns is one of our initiatives. We edit, design, create, publish and distribute (donate) books to schools, hospitals, prisons and other institutional libraries. Find out more about our book advocacy:

The production of many of these titles is supported by charitable trusts and other bodies. Such copies are therefore distributed freely, although a handling charge may apply. To find out more, please email

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