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The Coffin Roads

Journeys to the West

by Ian Bradley

£8.99

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ISBN: 9781780277790
Published: 07 Jul 2022
Format: Paperback
Extent: 192
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Birlinn
Categories:
History
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About the Book

'Coffin roads' along which bodies were carried for burial are a marked feature of the landscape of the Scottish Highlands and islands – many are now popular walking and cycling routes. This book journeys along eight coffin roads to discover and explore the distinctive traditions, beliefs and practices around dying, death and mourning in the communities which created and used them.

The result is a fascinating snapshot into place and culture. After more than a century when death was very much a taboo subject, this book argues that aspects of the distinctive West Highland and Hebridean way of death and approach to dying and mourning may have something helpful and important to offer to us today.


The Author

Ian Bradley

Ian Bradley has written over 40 books and is well-known as a  broadcaster, journalist and lecturer. He is also a Church of Scotland minister and a respected academic whose enthusiasm shines through in all that he does.

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