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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 13/10/2016
- Category: Travel writing
- ISBN: 9780224097680