Reviews

  • A superb book ... Anybody interested in Scottish history needs to read it

    Andrew Marr, Sunday Times
  • The definitive word for an academic generation at least on this most controversial of topics in Scottish history ... Dramatic

    Herald Scotland
  • Persuasive... A necessary book

    Scotsman
  • Powerful ... admirable lucidity ... important.

    Ewen A Cameron, Irish Times
  • If Sir Tom Devine hadn't chosen to be a historian, he'd have made a great historical novelist. That choice may have been a loss to literature, but The Scottish Clearances: A History of the Dispossessed, is worth it. The scope of this book - the Lowlands, the Highlands and the diaspora from the 17th century to the 20th - is impressive, and the detail and depth of knowledge displayed are remarkable - but what's truly amazing about it is how damn readable it is.

    Diana Gabaldon, Telegraph
  • At the end of this superb book, a much more nuanced picture emerges of what might be called the great demographic revolution of Scotland.

    David Aaronovitch, The Times
  • Scotland's foremost historian ... a major publication.

    Kathleen Jamie, New Statesman