The story of Scotland is all around us, all of the time - told in everything that we have built. 'Listing' is about protecting and preserving our most important stories, the literal building blocks that create - and reflect - our national character. In this landmark new book, Rosemary Goring explores the people, ideas, passions and opinions behind some of Scotland's most meaningful and at times controversial listed buildings. The A-List is both a celebration and interrogation of 50 key Scottish structures - why they were listed, why they matter, and what role they have played in shaping our culture and our identity. From country houses to carpet factories, tower blocks to turbine halls, castles to collieries, this is a powerful and emotive journey through our architectural past, present - and future.