The Marches

  • by Rory Stewart
  • Narrated by Rory Stewart
  • 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ten years after the walk across Central Asia and Afghanistan that he memorialized in his best-selling The Places in Between, Rory Stewart set out on a new journey, traversing a thousand miles between England and Scotland.
Stewart was raised along the border of the two countries, the frontier taking on poignant significance in his understanding of what it means to be both Scottish and English, of his relationship with his father, who's lived on this land his whole life, and of his ties to the rich history and culture of the region. Now representing this borderland as a Member of Parliament, Stewart's march begins as his father turns 90, Scotland is about to vote on independence, and Britain may disappear forever. At times alone and at times joined by his father, Stewart melds the story of his journey with an intimate portrait of the changing social and political landscape of the region.
Stewart has written for the New York Times Magazine, Granta, and the London Review of Books.

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A loving memoir for me.

A great listen, it was the retelling of the relationship with his father that I found most enjoyable about this audible book. I'm not sure if that was the purpose of the book but it rose above the story of modern life and the detailed history of the border lands between England and Scotland. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
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- DG Wilmont

The chronicle of a father and son coming to a fuller understanding.

I loved this book.
It was a very articulate yet understated expression of a son's affection for and devotion to his delightful and singular father who loved him as devotedly, though their directions and attitudes to life were quite distinct.
Lots of very descriptive chapters about the borders between Scotland and England and what they signify today in a historical context. Also he is tangibly disappointed by the diminishing of historical reference points and their importance or lack of it in modern times for the people he met. His conclusions were far removed from what he had expected but honestly worked through and arrived at with a refusal to try and romanticise, and an acceptance of the motives of many "champions" of places or events he encountered as alien to those he had hoped for. These were often unrelated to historical truth and more to trying to make a profit or lure visitors into a managed experience far removed from what was real. Some of these modified expectations chimed with those he experienced in the planned father and son expeditions but the latter were illuminated by new insights and knowledge of his father's life and how he had lived it.
The story ends with a singular send off.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-11-2016
  • Publisher: Recorded Books