The Marches

The Marches

A Borderland Journey Between England and Scotland

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Explores the landscape of the author's home on the borderland between England and Scotland--known as the Marches--and the history, people, and conflicts that have shaped it. In The Places in Between, Rory Stewart walked some of the most dangerous borderlands in the world. Now he travels with his 89-year-old father--a comical, wily courageous, and infuriating former British intelligence officer--along the border they call home. On Stewart's 400-mile walk across a magnificent natural landscape, he sleeps on mountain ridges and in housing projects, in hostels and farmhouses. With every fresh encounter--from an Afghanistan veteran based on Hadrian's Wall to a shepherd who still counts his flock in sixth-century words--Stewart uncovers more about the forgotten peoples and languages of a vanished country now crushed between England and Scotland. Stewart and his father are drawn into unsettling reflections on landscape, their parallel careers in the bygone British Empire and Iraq, and the past, present, and uncertain future of the United Kingdom. And as the end approaches, his father's stubborn charm transforms this chronicle of nations into a fierce, exuberant encounter between a father and a son. This is a profound reflection on family, landscape, and history by a powerful and original writer.--From dust jacket
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780544108882
0544108884
Branch Call Number: 941.3 Stewart 2016
Characteristics: xii, 354 pages, 1 unnumbered page of plates : illustrations (1 color), maps ; 24 cm

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May 30, 2017

Connecting the politics of ancient Rome with the antics of contemporary London, the historic geography of the borders between Scotland and England and the current geography of the Middle East creates all kinds of insights on how the world works.

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