Between Britain

Walking the History of England and Scotland

Alistair Moffat author


Publisher:Canongate Books

Published:8th Feb '24


Available for immediate dispatch.

Between Britain cover

The border between Scotland and England is rich in history. It has been the site of battles, treaties, castles and crossroads. It is also a place where both countries display their nationalism: Saltires flying in the north, the Cross of St George to the south. But it can also be a lens through which to look at the changing history and identities of these two countries.

Alistair Moffat is a life-long borderer and the ideal guide on this one-hundred-mile journey. We begin just north of the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. Already the battlelines have been drawn - the town having been grabbed by the English from Berwickshire in 1482 and never given back. From here we will head west as our tour travels backwards and forwards through history. In all, we will walk through eight centuries before we reach our journey's end at the mouth of the River Sark.

Between Britain is a history book, a travelogue, a personal reminiscence and a gently prodding examination of national identity. But above all it is a celebration of a place and the people who live there.

A study in nationalism . . . A journey of 100 miles but one that time travel[s] through 800 years of complex history * * Sunday Post * *
Praise for Alistair Moffat: [To the Island of Tides] is often beautifully evocative of places, the past and the landscape . . . compelling and revealing * * The Times * *
Extraordinary . . . There is a powerful, natural beauty in Moffat's writing * * Herald * *
[Moffat] is a great teacher . . . Alert though he is to change and to the world we have lived into, he is forever in search of time that is lost and can be recovered. Enthralling . . . * * Scotsman * *
Joyous . . . [The Secret History of Here] is a delightful meditation on a place, and on the role that humans played in its evolution * * Foreword * *
Absorbing and thought-provoking * * Countryfile * *
Truly fascinating * * Sunday Mail * *

ISBN: 9781838854386

Dimensions: 240mm x 162mm x 31mm

Weight: 536g

320 pages