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Walking the Border

A Journey Between Scotland and England

by Ian Crofton

£9.99

188 in stock

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ISBN: 9781780273082
Published: 16 Jul 2015
Format: Paperback
Extent: 272
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Birlinn
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About the Book

In this book Ian Crofton makes a journey on foot from Gretna Green in the southwest to Berwick in the northeast, following as close as possible the Anglo-Scottish Border as it has been fixed since the union of the crowns in 1603. Much of the line of the Border runs through a wild, overwhelmingly unvisited no man's land - the sort of trackless waste perfect for keeping two belligerent peoples apart? During the course of his journey Ian Crofton considers a number of questions how 'natural' are borderlines? Sometimes they follow physical barriers, sometimes an arbitrary line on a map, the compromise made by some committee of distant diplomats.


The Author

Ian Crofton

Ian Crofton has written a wide range of non-fiction books, including a number that look at the quirkier aspects of history and other subjects, including History without the Boring Bits, Science Without the Boring Bits, and A Curious History of Food and Drink. Born in Edinburgh, he studied at the University of Sussex before working as an editor at Collins in Glasgow. He now works freelance.