The Borders Paperback – 1 May 2007
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'Quirky, learned and utterly absorbing' -- Allan Massie 'Highly readable - a lively, clear style' * Northern History *
About the Author
Alistair Moffat was born and raised in Kelso. He took degrees at the universities of St Andrews, Edinburgh and London and played rugby for Kelso and his universities. In 1976 he took charge of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as it grew into the largest arts festival in the world.
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The author has taken the hard option by giving a thorough treatment that includes poorly documeted periods of British history, such as pre-Roman times and the "Dark" ages. I learned all sorts about pre-historic Britain and Celtic kingdoms.
The focus is on the lives of ordinary people in the borders, but the book is so complete that it gives you a good overview of political events in Scotland & England that affected the Borders. The final chapter, which describes 20th Century border history largely through quotes from those who lived through it, could be considered a classic source by itself.
The info is very well organised so although it comes thick and fast it is never confusing.
The only question left unanswered is where the author found the time to put it together!
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