Alistair Moffat was born and bred in the Scottish Borders. He is the author of a number of highly acclaimed books including The Reivers, The Wall: Rome's Greatest Frontier, Arthur and the Lost Kingdoms, The Faded Map, The Scots: A Genetic Journey and The Sea Kingdoms.
'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 recognize today to the referendum and its aftermath'-- Alan Taylor * The Herald *
'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 *
'[T]his is a very readable, well-researched and fluent account'* Scotland on Sunday *