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.
To uncover its secret landscape, with a troubled past and an uncertain future, Garrett Carr travelled Ireland's border on foot and by canoe. This invisible line has hosted smugglers and kings, runaways, peacemakers, protestors and terrorists, revealing the tumult of a border, changing the way we look at nationhood, land and power. From encounters with border dwellers to uncovering rituals, hidden pathways and ancient monuments, this book presents the borderland as a unique realm of its own, and asks what it holds for the future.
This is great writing about landscape and history, essential also for anyone who needs to know about hard and soft borders after Brexit. (Colm Tóibín Guardian 'Best holiday reads picked by writers')
Since Garrett Carr began work on this engaging book, the Border between the South and the North of Ireland has acquired an extra significance. In the wake of Brexit, it provides -- or will provide -- a frontier between the UK and the European Union . . . A great book about a compelling subject. (Patricia Craig Irish Times)
[Ireland's border] since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, has lost watchtowers and bunkers and softened. Post Brexit, though, when it will be not just an Irish frontier but a European one, it might need hardening again . . . [Carr's] marvellous book . . . embraces a plurality of opinion and tradition, but it doesn't stint on the jokes. (Michael Kerr Daily Telegraph)
Carr has the eye of a scientist, and a poet's facility with words. (Irish Independent)