• It's a book that seems more like a multi-volume history, so sweeping is it; yet lucid and captivating even in detailed areas... Fundamental to Lynch's approach is a sense of connection between now and then, however far back; he continuously shows how Scottish identity refashions its heroes and myths, yet clings to survival

    Douglas Gifford
  • A monumental achievement

    Times Literary Supplement
  • Breathtaking and absorbing

    Scottish Field
  • ought to be compulsory reading for all MPs, journalists and commentators before they were permitted to talk about European economic and political union

    Tom Wilkie, Independent

Strictly Necessary


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