Walking the Border

A Journey Between Scotland and England

Ian Crofton

Ian Crofton makes this journey through some of the most spectacular scenery in Britain, speculating on what the Border signifies - geographically, culturally and emotionally.
Date Published :
July 2015
Publisher :
Birlinn
Illustration :
8pp color plates, 8pp b/w plates
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781780273082
Pages : 272
Dimensions : 7.7 X 5.1 inches
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$14.95

Overview
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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.

About The Author
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Ian Crofton was born in Edinburgh and worked for Collins in Glasgow before moving to London, where he has been a freelance writer and editor for 25 years. Previous books include Brewer's Dictionary of Curious Titles; Brewer's Britain and Ireland (with John Ayto); Brewer's Cabinet of Curiosities, A Dictionary of Art Quotations, History without the Boring Bits; Science without the Boring Bits; A Dictionary of Scottish Quotations.

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