September 2019 Academic & Specialist Birlinn

Scotland: A History from Earliest Times: A History from Earliest Times Alistair Moffat

Paperback (B-format paperback UK (198x129mm)) | Sep 2019 | Birlinn | 9781780274386 | 544pp | 196x130mm | RFB | AUD$34.99, NZD$39.99

From the Ice Age to the recent Scottish Referendum, historian and author Alistair Moffat explores the history of the Scottish nation. As well as focusing on key moments in the nation's history such as the Battle of Bannockburn and the Jacobite Risings, Moffat also features other episodes in history that are perhaps less well documented. From prehistoric timber halls to inventions and literature, Moffat's tale explores the drama of battle, change, loss and invention interspersed with the lives of ordinary Scottish folk, the men and women who defined a nation.

'[T]his is a very readable, well-researched and fluent account.' — Scotland on Sunday

'Moffat plunders the facts and fables to create a richly-detailed and comprehensive analysis of a nation's past and references a huge number of sources.' — Scotland Magazine

'The great thing about Moffat's account is that, for all its emphasis on uncertainty, it rattles along with complete narrative certainty, to the extent that great events consistently take even a historically literate reader unawares.' — Scottish Review of Books

'For Alistair Moffat, history is rooted in the personal. Now...he has produced what is undoubtedly his most ambitious work. Scotland: A History From Earliest Times encompasses 500 million years, from when the tectonic plates were shifting to form the land mass we recognise today to the referendum and its aftermath.' Alan Taylor, The Herald