James Miller - The Finest Road in The World (New Paperback)
ISBN / GTIN-13 : 9781780275734
The Story of Travel & Transport in The Scottish Highlands.
Trains and stagecoaches stuck in the snow, wild storms driving sailing ships off course, traffic pile-ups on so-called 'killer' highways - stories abound about the horrors of travel in the Highlands and Islands, and have done for as far as the records go back.
James Miller tells the dramatic and sometimes surprisingly humorous story of travel and transport in the Highlands. Some of the figures in the story are familiar - General George Wade, Thomas Telford and Joseph Mitchell among them - but there are a host of others too, including the intrepid Lady Sarah Murray, who offered sound advice for travellers ('Provide yourself with a strong roomy carriage, and have the springs well corded').
This thought-provoking book will appeal to all who like stories of travel and transport, and are interested in how changing modes of transport have affected the ways of life in the Highlands and remain crucial to the modern life and the future of the region.
- Format : New Paperback
- Condition : New
- Category : Non-Fiction - Transportation
- Published : 2017 (Birlinn)
- ISBN : 9781780275734
- SKU : B001661
- PPC : SP400gm
- RRP : £9.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
"This is a thoroughly enjoyable and informative read. Mr Miller, as a native Caithnessian, gives a refreshing insight into the transport history of the Scottish Highlands - an area which has received scant attention in the past."
"This is a fine book, well researched, well written, both informative and entertaining, and produced to Birlinn's usual immaculate standards. There are impressive illustrations, copious notes and even (thank the lord!) an index." - Goodreads Reviews.
The AuthorJames Miller was born in Caithness and studied zoology in Aberdeen and marine biology in Montreal. After working for the British Council he became a full-time freelance writer. He has written a number of acclaimed books, including Scapa, The Dambuilders, The Foresters, Inverness and Swords for Hire.
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