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Publication Date
03 October 2013
Hardback (also available as an eBook)
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Birlinn Ltd
8pp colour plates

The British

A Genetic Journey
by Alistair Moffat - Find out more about the author


eBook also available from the iBookstore

'[O]ne of those books that are just about impossible to put down' – Sunday Express

'[A] new and revolutionary book, based on exciting new research […] a unique people's history' – Discover Your History

'Moffat has always been a magpie historian, picking up unsuspected jewels of information, at the same time never afraid to speculate, often in an agreeably provocative manner' – Alan Massie, Scotsman

‘an engaging, beautifully-told people’s history of Britain that will change your thinking about your family’s origins forever’ – Family Tree magazine

‘a fascinating subject . . . Historian, journalist and DNA research company director makes for an excellent guide’ – Your Family Tree

Hidden inside all of us – every human being on Earth – is the story of our ancestry. Printed on our DNA are the origins of our lineages, the time in history and prehistory when they arose, and the epic journeys people have made across the globe. Based on exciting new research involving the most wide-ranging sampling of DNA ever made in Britain, Alistair Moffat, author of the bestselling The Scots: A Genetic Journey, shows how all of us who live on these islands are immigrants. The last ice age erased any trace of more ancient inhabitants, and the ancestors of everyone who now lives in Britain came here after the glaciers retreated and the land greened once more. In an epic narrative, sometimes moving, sometimes astonishing, always revealing, Moffat writes an entirely new history of Britain. Instead of the usual parade of the usual suspects– kings, queens, saints, warriors and the notorious – this is a people’s history, a narrative made from stories only DNA can tell which offers insights into who we are and where we come from.

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 Book Festival and the Lennoxlove Festival and is the author of more than twelve history books. He is currently writing a book to accompany The Great Scottish Tapestry. This will be published in Aug 2013.