Alistair Moffat was born and raised in Kelso. He took degrees at the universities of St Andrews, Edinburgh and London and played rugby for Kelso and his universities. In 1976 he took charge of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as it grew into the largest arts festival in the world. He now lives in Selkirk.
'This is a page-turning history, lucidly written, and it is enhanced by a selection of five famous Border ballads. One of the best reads of the year, without doubt' -- Hamish Coghill * Scottish Life * 'It is the passion and pride in the land of his birth that shine through in this superb new work' * Southern Reporter * 'This is a history as exciting and dramatic as the Border ballads themselves' * Cumberland News * 'a most compelling, thought-provoking and entertaining history' * The Herald *