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What I like about the book is that, true to the spirit of the original, first-hand accounts, the story appears to write itself. In spite of the vast amounts of work Foster has put in, as researcher, editor and story-teller, like a good pupeteer he controls the show but keeps himself firmly in the shadows. All of which makes it extremely readable.
In addition to being a good tale well told, "A Private Empire" also comes across as a pleasing concentration of time per se. Layers, moods and speeds of time collide and bounce off each other among the ancient presents of the Blairgowrie archive, producing some marvellous juxtapositions. William Macpherson, in far away Australia at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, tries to picture a railway carriage. He has no idea. How can he? But the sheer incongruity of his world view to a 21st century reader - honestly expressed in ink still wet on the paper - provides a graphic catapault back to a very different here and now.Read more ›
the family in scotland.
i rate this as an excellent book for the novice historian with a passion for scotland and an interest in our empire.
buy this as a holiday read, or simply to enjoy