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02 November 2012
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Britain's Last Frontier

A Journey Along the Highland Line
by Alistair Moffat - Find out more about the author


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Introduction by James Naughtie

'4G history, for genetics, geography, geology and Gaeldom are all in the mix. But what opens out each of those topics is a fifth “G”: Moffat’s skill as a generalist, his ability to communicate intellectual fascination’ — The Scotsman

The Highland Line is the most profound internal boundary in Britain. First recognised by Agricola in the first century AD (parts of its most northerly portion mark the furthest north the Romans got) it divides the country both geologically and culturally, signalling the border between Highland and Lowland, Celtic and English-speaking, crofting and farming. In Britain's Last Frontier best-selling author Alistair Moffat makes a journey of the imagination, tracing the route of the Line from the River Clyde through Perthshire and the North-east. In addition to exploring the huge importance of the Line over almost two thousand years, he also shows how it continues to influence life and attitudes in 21st-century Scotland. The result is a fascinating book, full of history and anecdote.

Alistair Moffat was born and bred in the Scottish Borders. A former Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Director of Programmes at Scottish Television, he now runs the Borders and Lennoxlove Book Festivals. In 2011 he was elected Rector of St Andrews University.

James Naughtie James Naughtie was born near Huntly, in Aberdeenshire. A renowned journalist and presenter for press, radio and television, he has been one of the main presenters for BBC Radio 4’s flagship Today show since 1994. He is also the Chancellor of the University of Stirling.

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