The late poet laureate, Sir Jogn Betjeman, said that Edinburgh was the most beautiful city in Europe. Like some other great cities it is set on seven hills. But only one of these, Rome, rivals Edinburgh in matching the beauty of its setting with the stateliness of its buildings. Edinburgh too provides the backdrop to much of the dark drama of the Scottish past, from Mary Queen of Scots to Bonnie Prince Charlie and beyond.
Liz Hanson provides a compellingly readable account of this great city, from the earliest times to the present, balancing Edinburgh's cultural, political and social history, and painting a vivid portrait of the city - that like Stevenson's Dr Jekyll - is both dark and light, both 'Auld Reekie' and 'Athens of the North'. Through contrasting images, old and new, she shows us this city in a new light.