Spectacular Scottish Women

Celebrating Inspiring Lives from Scotland

Louise Baillie; Illustrated by Eilidh Muldoon

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  • A collection of fascinating and inspiring biographies of spectacular Scottish women both past and present
  • Scottish author and former journalist Louise Baillie gathers a diverse collection of incredible and important women, presenting their empowering stories in a way that will capture the imagination of today's young readers
  • Features thirty amazing women, including actor Karen Gillan, doctor and suffragist Elsie Inglis, activist Roza Salih, para-athlete Kayleigh Haggo and poet Jackie Kay
  • Bestselling illustrator Eilidh Muldoon brings each featured woman to life with striking, vibrant portraits in her distinctive style
  • The perfect gift for the spectacular Scots of the future

An inspiring introduction for young people to some of Scotland's most amazing women -- from authors to athletes, scientists to singers, queens to campaigners. Discover their empowering life stories alongside vibrant illustrations.

234 x 210 mm
Floris Books
Picture Kelpies
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 7 to 11 years
144 pages
Publication date:
17 Aug 2023


Meet some of Scotland's most spectacular women in this inspiring collection of biographies written for young people. From authors to athletes, scientists to singers, queens to campaigners, this diverse collection of women have influenced the world in incredible ways.

Read the eye-opening life stories of many amazing Scottish women you know, and many you won't believe you hadn't heard of:

-- Feel the rhythm with ground-breaking deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie
-- Rock the runway with model Eunice Olumide
-- Command the country with iconic monarch Mary, Queen of Scots
-- Pen a literary gem with poet and author Jackie Kay
-- Campaign for change with schoolgirl activist Roza Salih
-- Step on set with actor Karen Gillan
-- Race to the finish line with para-athlete Kayleigh Haggo
-- Discover a new planet with scientist Mary Somerville

Scottish author and former journalist Louise Baillie presents empowering stories of persistence, achievement, ingenuity and innovation while bestselling Scottish illustrator Eilidh Muldoon captures the essence of each extraordinary woman with her vibrant and dynamic illustrations.

This fascinating and uplifting celebration of iconic women from Scotland's past and present is essential reading for children aged seven and up and a perfect gift for the spectacular Scots of the future.

Table of Contents

Annie Lennox
Victoria Drummond
Rose Reilly
Jackie Kay
Mary, Queen of Scots
Evelyn Glennie
Corinne Hutton
Sophia Jex-Blake
Emili Sandé
Karen Gillan
Mary Somerville
Lorraine Kelly
Jeannie Robertson
Liz McColgan
Joan Eardley
Roza Salih
Elsie Inglis
Catherine Heymans
Mary Barbour
Anne Lorne Gillies
Flora MacDonald
Ali Smith
Eunice Olumide
Jennie Lee
Kayleigh Haggo
Jane Haining
Iona Fyfe
Nosheena Mokarik
Jessie Valentine
Laura Young


Louise Baillie has a degree in history from Glasgow University. She was a journalist for almost 20 years and currently works in communications at a children's rights organisation. The idea for Spectacular Scottish Women, Louise's first book, came from wanting to write something her daughters would relate to and be inspired by. Louise loves running, playing tennis (badly), and the Scotland football team. She lives in Glasgow with her husband, two daughters, and their black lab.

Eilidh Muldoon studied Art History and has an MFA in Illustration from Edinburgh College of Art, where she now teaches. Eilidh is the illustrator of picture books, children's books, and colouring and activity books in her distinctive, lively and decorative style. She grew up in North Berwick and currently lives outside Edinburgh, Scotland with her family.

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