The Debatable Land: The Lost World Between Scotland and England


by Graham Robb


‘No short review can do justice to the intelligence, charm, variety and sheer interest of this book. Read it, and you will be richly entertained and enlightened’Allan Massie, The Scotsman

‘He tackles some serious misconceptions about the borderland…Robb intercuts the past and present, the intimate and the impersonal, to wonderful effect. Few authors write so well about things lost and neglected’ – Ian Jack, The Guardian

Paperback: 334 pages

Publisher: Picador, an imprint of Pan Macmillan, 2018 (new edit. 2019)

Language: English

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The Debatable Land was an independent territory which used to exist between Scotland and England. At the height of its notoriety, it was the bloodiest region in Great Britain, fought over by Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and James V. After the Union of the Crowns, most of its population was slaughtered or deported and it became the last part of the country to be brought under the control of the state. Today, its history has been forgotten or ignored.

Inspired by a chance discovery, Graham Robb began a journey – on foot, by bicycle and into the past – that would uncover lost towns and roads, reveal the truth about this maligned patch of land, lead to several revelations of major historical significance, and prove the Debatable Land to be a crucial, missing chapter in the story of the United Kingdom.

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Dimensions 13 × 2.3 × 19.7 cm

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