The Real Livingston – A Kaleidoscope
by Ian Colquhoun

is a book about the people of Livingston, written and compiled by Livingston’s author, Ian Colquhoun. The first ever social-history book about the town, it features hundreds of stories about real-life in Livingston and the surrounding area over the years, in a unique and refreshing way. From the tragic to the hilarious, from the notorious to the inspiring. With additional written contributions from local celebrities and politicians, as well as from ordinary Livingstonians, the book gives a fascinating insight into real life in the West Lothian town, then and now. Real people, real stories and real events, written by Livingstonians, for Livingstonians.

   


Livingston Lives
by Emma Peattie

Livingston Lives captures the town through the eyes of its residents in a meaningful and revealing way. It is in many ways a town collaboration – Emma Peattie, an archivist and records manager at Livingston Council, weaves her own intimate knowledge of the town's history alongside the recollections of other Livingston lovals. The town may have been created by bureaucrats, she says, but it was its people who made the town what it is today.
Livingston Lives is a personal and inspiring story of the community's strength, history and innovation.



 


                                         Livingston (Images of Scotland)
by William Fyfe Hendrie

This book is part of the Images of Scotland series, which uses old photographs and archived images to show the history of various local areas in Scotland, through their streets, shops, pubs, and people.

 



 


New town: Social involvement in Livingston
by Leslie Higgs

New town: Social involvement in Livingston : an account of the formative years.

 


 

 


Livingston - The making of a Scottish New Town
by Elspeth Wills


A short account of the making of Livingston new town describing some of the achievements and challenges since 1962 in creating a sub-regional centre of 45,000 people from a greenfield site to the west of Edinburgh. This work examines the history of the rural area designated Scotland's fourth new town in 1962 and Livingston's place in the context of the UK new-town movement and the Scottish economy. It describes how Livingston was developed from the master plan to the reality of industry, schools, housing and parks, and the challenge of building the town centre. The book answers such questions as: where did the people and businesses of Livingston come from and why?; what were their hopes and expectations and how did they come to think of Livingston as home?; and in what ways did they help to change the future of their town through the ecumenical experiment, forum, festivals and farms?

                                         


The History of Livingston
by William Fyfe Hendrie

Livingston is one of Scotland's new towns. The book gives the history of the area until the development was designated in 1962. There are articles on Sir Henry Raeburn, artist; Viscount William Whitelaw, former British Home Secretary: The Church in Livingston - an area of ecumenical experiment; Mining Memories etc.