The Rule of the Land
A timely and fascinating exploration of the Irish borderland, its troubled past and uncertain future.
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A BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK
In the wake of the EU referendum, the United Kingdom’s border with Ireland has gained greater significance: it is set to become the frontier with the European Union. Over the past year, Garrett Carr has travelled this border, on foot and by canoe, to uncover a landscape with a troubled past and an uncertain future. Across this thinly populated line, travelling down hidden pathways and among ancient monuments, Carr encounters a variety of characters who live on the frontier. He reveals the turbulent history of this landscape and changes the way we look at nationhood, land and power.
The book incorporates Carr’s own maps and photographs.
‘It is Garrett Carr’s contention that Ireland is more divided than any of us suspected — not in two but in three: north, south and borderland. The third state is opened up in this marvellous book.’ Daily Telegraph
‘Garrett Carr engages a mapmaker’s eye and a writer’s sensibility to create a great book.’ Irish Times
Garrett Carr engages a mapmaker’s eye and a writer’s sensibility to create a great book.
It is Garrett Carr's contention that Ireland is more divided than any of us suspected — not in two but in three: north, south and borderland. The third state is opened up in this marvellous book.
'The Rule of the Land is a really fine book, and works in many ways. It can be appreciated and enjoyed equally well as travelogue, social history, "straight" history, memoir, philosophical treatise ... It's also wonderfully written [and] like good art should, it constantly surprises and offers new perspectives; you see things differently afterwards ... The Rule of the Land explains this often shadowy, always fascinating place with great lucidity and much affection.'
‘The border is rich indeed in life and stone, and I have seldom encountered line drawings as clear and beautiful and photographs as fine as those that appear in this brilliant guide … Carr is a master map-maker indeed.’
A poignant, funny, memorable read, layered with ideas.
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