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Walking the Border

A Journey Between Scotland and England

by Ian Crofton


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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 was born and raised in Edinburgh, and now lives in London. He has written a number of works of popular history, including A Curious History of Food and Drink and Scottish History without the Boring Bits. His Dictionary of Scottish Phrase and Fable was described by the Times Literary Supplement as 'a lightly erudite and well-informed work of eclectic scholarship'. In 2014 the Daily Telegraph selected his Walking the Border as one of its travel books of the year. Ian Crofton also contributes regularly to the Scottish Mountaineering Club Journal, and in 2015 was awarded the Club's W.H. Murray Literary Prize.