The Marches

Author(s): Rory Stewart

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In The Marches Rory Stewart walks a thousand miles across the north of England, crossing and recrossing the English-Scottish border. He discovers that, buried beneath England and Scotland, is another country, now lost, a Middleland with its own history, its own civilisation: a vanished kingdom. Stewart sleeps on mountain ridges and in housing estates, in motels and in farmhouses. Following lines of neolithic standing stones; wading through floods and ruined fields, he traces Hadrian's Wall with soldiers who have fought in Afghanistan. He interviews Buddhist and Christian monks, investigates arson attacks and heritage websites, and tries to get to grips with his tartan-clad father. His book becomes a history of the Middleland, or 'The Marches'. Defined by a profound love of landscape, and walking, an unusual erudition, and an instinct for the most eccentric local histories, The Marches draws on contemporary politics and on troubled borders, to illuminate the pattern of forgetting and remembrance that makes a very modern border and a very modern nationalism.

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MP and travel writer Rory Stewart traverses the borderlands between England and Scotland, musing on history, memory and landscape

Rory Stewart was born in Hong Kong in 1973. After a brief period in the Army, he joined the Foreign Office, serving in Indonesia and the Balkans. His account of the last section of his 6,000 mile walk across Afghanistan is described in The Places In Between; and his time as a deputy-governor of two provinces in Southern Iraq in Occupational Hazards. His books have sold over half a million copies, been translated into nine languages, and been awarded several prizes including the Ondaatje Prize of the Royal Society of Literature. He is now the Member of Parliament for Penrith and the Border. He lives with his wife and young son in Cumbria and London.

General Fields

  • : 9780224097680
  • : Vintage Publishing
  • : Jonathan Cape Ltd
  • : 0.691
  • : October 2016
  • : 222mm X 138mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : October 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Rory Stewart
  • : Hardback
  • : 1
  • : 941.37
  • : 400