The Marches: A Borderland Journey Between England and Scotland (Hardcover)
From the best-selling author of The Places in Between, "a flat-out masterpiece" (New York Times Book Review), an exploration of the Marches--the borderland between England and Scotland--and the people, history, and conflicts that have shaped it
In The Places in Between Rory Stewart walked through the most dangerous borderlandsin the world. Now he walks along the border he calls home--where political turmoil and vivid lives have played out for centuries across a magnificent natural landscape--to tell the story of the Marches.
In his thousand-mile journey, Stewart sleeps on mountain ridges and housing estates, in hostels and farmhouses. Following the lines of Neolithic standing stones, wading through floods and ruined fields, he walks Hadrian's Wall with soldiers who have fought in Afghanistan and visits the Buddhist monks who outnumber Christian monks in the Scottish countryside today. He melds the stories of the people he meets with the region's political and economic history, tracing the creation of Scotland from ancient tribes to the independence referendum. And he discovers another country buried in history, a vanished Middleland: the lost kingdom of Cumbria.
With every step, Stewart reveals the force of myths and traditions and the endurance of ties that are woven into the fabric of the land itself. A meditation on deep history, the pull of national identity, and home, The Marches is a transporting work from a powerful and original writer.