Doric Books


Reviews of Doric books with where to buy them at the cheapest prices

A wide range of Doric books are available and below are our favourites with links to buy them at cheapest prices:


Doric Columns



Doric Columns from Aberdeen's much loved BBC Radio Scotland presenter Robbie Shepherd collects his weekly columns from the local Press and Journal newspaper along with his Doric poems quotes.

This Doric book includes some fun cartoons from Graham MacLennan. Here is an extract:

She cwid still the maist noisy crood bi the sheer delivery o her wirds, wi that stracht, prood back as she sang o her ain fowk an their wyes.







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Spikkin Doric


Spikkin Doric by Norman Harper, a columnist for the P&J for many years, is a comprehensive A to Z of the Aberdeen dialect and slang. Sadly, like many excellent Doric books, it is only for sale in second hand shops and commands a high price, but if you can get a copy you won’t be disappointed. It’s packed full of full sayings like “stue and sma steens” which translates to dust and small stones and means when someone makes a hasty exit, bystanders will observe wryly that ‘ye couldna see him for stue and sma steens’.

Another Aberdeen saying of old described in Spikkin Doric is “Tap line” which translates to pre-tax earnings and comes from the figure’s position on a payslip.

Like these two examples each word or expression is followed by a description and example making this an excellent resource for anyone wanting to speak like an Aberdonian.






A Dash o' Doric


A Dash O'Doric. The wit and Wisdom of the North East East brings together two experts of our unique dialect, Robbie Shepherd and Norman Harper. In this first of three volumes they collect real contributed funny stories from across Grampian.


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The Moss o Rora Book by Allan JR Thomson - Poems and Tales of North East Scotland

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The Drummer Boy


The Drummer Boy is my latest novel about the ghost of a Gordon Highlander Drummer Boy from the Battle of Waterloo who haunts a modern day army nurse.


Chapters take place in modern day Aberdeen, at the Noose & Monkey bar and restaurant as well as His Majesty’s Theatre and Garthdee. Other scenes take place at Tidworth and during the Napoleonic War.


I’ve put in many Doric words and phrases into the novel, my favourite being “Mmm oxters o an Aberdeen loon, cannae beat it!” As with all my novels and short stories (my author name is CG Buswell) it includes the Doric, scenes from Aberdeen and famous ghosts from our area.


Read the first three chapters for free on most devices.