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James Hunter is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of the Highlands and Islands and was its first Director of the Centre for History. The author of eleven books about the Highlands and Islands, he has also been active in the public life of the area.


'a moving, gripping, definitive account of a struggle for survival'

* Scots Magazine *

'Rarely have the clearances been written about so evocatively. Hunter's method and his empathy with those involved speaks to us with elegant restraint in an account that sweeps from the Sutherland straths to the struggles of those forced to seek new lives in North America'

* Saltire Society *

'Hunter unravels and leads us through [the clearances] with the sharpest of eyes for telling details. His account is detailed and unsparing. His fellow-feeling for the cleared people is unmistakable...[he] is careful to present the evidence for all he records. No assertion is left unqualified'

* London Review of Books *

'[Hunter's] scholarship is breathtaking'

* Herald *

'The best Scottish book I've read, not just in 2016, but probably in recent years. Hunter weaves a narrative which crosses continents and centuries as, in his own recent journey, he follows in the footsteps of cleared Sutherland emigrants to Winnipeg and onwards to the frozen expanses of Hudson Bay in what is a very compelling narrative underpinned by the authority of meticulous research'

* Bottle Imp, Best Book of 2016 *

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